Free French! Spifire Mk. IX
This is MJ966, flown by Denys Boudard of No. 340 Free French Squadron (code GW), 1944. The squadron was moved from England – where it provided covering fire for the Normandy landings – to France, Belgium and back again. Apart from all its wear and tear, another distinguishing feature of this Spit was the 50 gallon drop tank it sported.
This is Eduard’s 1/48 tooling of the Spitfire Mk. IX, and it’s hard to imagine a better version at this scale. Eduard attempt a 1/32 level of detail in a smaller kit, minus the engine. Perhaps some sub-assemblies do seem more complicated than they need to be; the exhaust stubs and wheel wells, for instance. But it seems as though Eduard want you to get involved – to problem solve and build at the same time. The smallness, delicacy and precision of fit makes you slow down and appreciate not only this version of the plane, but the plane itself. The Mk IX is a thing of beauty, and this kit does it justice on both a small and large level, from rivets to elliptical wings.
I added an Eduard harness – this being the weekend edition – plus their resin/ PE drop tank, and I used Tamiya paints throughout. The roundels and codes were applied using Montex masks, and the stencils are all decals. Thanks for looking!
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