Hasegawa Spitfire Mk VIII ‘Hava Go Jo!!’ in 1/48
When I first built this kit it was hot off the press & being well & truly bagged on the internet.
I don’t usually run a ruler over my models, preferring to the eyeball Mk.1 to gauge accuracy. In this case, the critics were right & something had to be done. Granted the mouldings & fit were excellent, as were the decals, but being a Spitfire enthusiast most of my life I resolved to put matters right within reason. Basically, the wingspan was fine, the spinner too big, the nose too short & the rear fuselage too short too. The fix was to use an Otaki spinner & prop; add 1.5mm to the nose & use another under cowl for extra length & add about 2.5mm to the rear fuselage (interestingly the overall length now seems to match my Eduard Mk.IX).
The model I elected to do was ‘Ava go Jo’ UP-F of 79 Sqn RAAF as flown by Flt Lt. Norm Smithells. Some controversy here, as most references at the time stipulated a dark green & light mixed green over mid sea grey scheme Yes, it looked fine…. until I saw several newer comments about the authenticity of the light mixed green. I resolved one day to do a repaint using ocean grey, but I needed some replacement decals. To cut a long story short, it eventually happened; and here it is! Two things for the sharp eyed: there should be a rear vision mirror on the windscreen arch (there is now) & maybe the pink elephant should be grey, but where’s your sense of humour? Pink it stays..
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