Eduard 1/48 Israeli Air Force Spitfire IX
The aircraft is ex-Czechoslovakian AF and has RAF camouflage scheme. The Phoenix carrying the Spitfire was painted while in Czechoslovakia to provide good fortune for the young pilots ferrying the plane to Israel. The aircraft was delivered to the IAF in December of 1948. The plane was Category E November 3, 1949.
Alex Yofe’s Spitfire Mk. IX in the Israeli Air Force Service 1948-1956 is an excellent reference for the service of these iconic aircraft by the IAF. There are photos of the aircraft before the flight from Czechoslovakia and from the spring and summer of 1949 when the plane was being used to transition pilots to the type.
Decals are from Fundekals Spitfire of the Israeli Air Force and were superb with excellent downloadable directions. Paints were Model Master enamels with Tamiya red/white. Weathering was with an acrylic wash, silver pencil, and a variety of artist oils.
Note that the walkways along each wing of many Spitfires are not depicted on this model. Examination of the photos of this aircraft and the others from the delivery flight showed no evidence of these markings. The profiles in the reference material also did not depict the walkways.
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