TAMIYA 1/48TH SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE Mk.Vb, RAF, ETO
Tonight we have my first completed build for 2015. First started in December, it was completed in January. Rather quick for me really, but this kit is really a straight forward easy to assemble model. As most know this who have built the Tam Spitfires. I was planning to post this sooner but finding time to edit and do a little write up for the subject sometimes doesn't flow at times.
This black Spit flew out of Dedben, Essex for night operations, though it only wore this scheme for only a month. Then the black stripped off and back to the standard day scheme, during the winter of 1941/42. No. 111 sqdn was one of the units assigned to start night fighting duties. With the Hurricane already flying missions at night, though not really a success, so the Spitfire was selected for it's speed. The concept lasted only 3 months. As the Spitfire was not suited for night missions, with it's narrow track it was difficult to take off at night and even more difficult to land coming in on a curved landing approach.. The theory of the concept was to vector the Spitfire to the target by searchlights, keeping the target illuminated as the Spit attacked the bomber and opened fire. The code name for this tactic was "Smack". Needless to say it was short lived. The accident rate compared to successful attack was to high. So the whole operation was suspended. This machine was flown by Pilot Flt Sergeant Peter Durnford, while flying one night he was credited with a probable hitting a BF-110.
The kit is molded in grey styrene. I used Eduards cockpit zoom set and Victory's wonderful "Aces of the Empire" decal sheet VPD 48006 for this unusual scheme. I used Tamiya Night Black, for the overall scheme. I also used Polly S Oily Black, which is more of a Charcoal black, (very dark grey) on the flying surfaces and various panels randomly to offset the jet black look. Aeromaster War Color Acrylic for the Interior Grey/Green, Testors Steel for the silver bits. Lifecolor Flat clear coat for the final finish really aged the finish.
A fun and fulfilling model to build to one of the most beautiful but deadly fighters of WWII, one of my favorites. Thanks for viewing.