ITALERI 1:48 SPITFIRE Mk. IXc
This was originally going to be the oddball “beer truck” version as shown on the box-top but investigation has led me to believe that this is now a myth at least as depicted by the aircraft shown. I have found pictures of an aircraft with the kegs attached but could find no info as to which aircraft. Anyhoo…the model depicts the aircraft flown by F/L Stu Tosh. The aircraft was shot down in July ’44 and the above photos show the recovery in Aug ’44. American AA batteries near St.Lo got carried away and opened up on the 403sqn. Spitfires, hitting 5 of 6, with 3 having to make forced landings. F/L Stu Tosh was able to get out of the aircraft and returned to his base 4 hours later. The aircraft was rebuilt and continued to fly after the war.
What attracted me to this aircraft was that the invasion stripes were removed from the wing tops and only one side of the fuselage. I’m thinking the aircraft was pressed into service before the job could be completed. The fuselage stripes are also smaller than the norm (ask me how I found that out). Also the wings stripes are more inboard than normally seen. This was originally an Ocidental kit released in the 90s. The fit is less than stellar around the separate wing tips (these are one piece as seen on a majority of kits. Why can’t they be 2 piece to allow the fit to the separate wing halves first?), rear wing/fuselage area and the upper cowl/fuselage join
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