Supermarine Spitfire Vb (Trop) in 1/48 scale by Airfix.
My inspiration for this model came from Brian Cauchi's book "Malta Spitfrie Vs - 1942: Their Colours & Markings" which I found of enormous help & in addition a real potential problem as the temptation is undoubtedly to try & build all the many colour schemes & markings it portrays. This particular Spitfire represents an aircraft from 249 Sqn RAF, based in Ta' Qali following its delivery as part of Operation Spotter in early 1942. Originally painted in mid stone & dark earth over sky, it was apparently deemed advisable to reduce over-water visibility by painting over the mid stone with extra dark sea grey & this is what is illustrated on page 13 of the above book. There are many, many alternative colour schemes shown, but this one also came in the Airfix kit so it was a done deal!. I should add that the camouflage seems very effective on "dry land" too as the model all but disappeared in some of my photographs!
Incidentally,I think this kit is a dream; hardly any filler, accurate & easy to build. All I want now is for Airfix to put out the Vc with the later wings so I can build more Malta Spitfires!
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