Spitfire Mk. IX, 1/48
Well I have been wanting to build a Spitfire for some time now…I read somewhere on iModeler that “you can’t have too many Spitfires”, so I may just have to build another one!
This is from the Italeri “American Aces” kit. Leave it to me to get a kit that has decals for 5 different American-flown spitfires and build the only one that is in RAF markings! Well, that leaves lots of good spare decals for future use and I have been wanting another British plane, this makes 2, my other being a Mosquito.
This is the markings of Capt. “Gabby” Gabreski, an American of Polish descent, whilst with the RAF’s 315 “Delblinski” squadron, which he was with starting in late 1942, before going on to greater fame in American made fighters (per history in the instructions)
Building this raises a question, why aren’t RAF insignias the same on the wings, sides and undersides? The roundels are different, they come in 2 color (wing tops) 3 color (undersides) and 4 color (sides). I’m sure there is a reason, I just don’t know it.
This model is stock, except I made some seatbelts out of tape with leftover PE buckles, not liking the stark white seatbelt decals that the kit came with.
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