Wartime Spitfire Mk.XVI Model Build – 1/48 Scale Eduard Kit
I had this Mk.XVI kit after buying it initially to supply parts to my mammoth Mk.XIV high-back Spitfire kit bash project (found here: https://youtu.be/iGe2aysykQI). A relatively straightforward build notwithstanding the usual fiddly nature of Eduard Spitfires – more than made up for by the great fit and unmatched surface detail.
TB702 (GW-Y) was supplied to 340 (Free French) Squadron, RAF in early April 1945 and used for fighter bomber sweeps with the 2nd Tactical Air Force in the closing month of the war. After the War’s end, it was repainted with French national colours and it is in that form which the Eduard kit calls for it to be built. However, I wanted this kit to round off my late-war super prop collection so it had to be in wartime markings. Thus, she is finished here as she would have appeared at the end of April 1945 – with the ‘Sky’ fuselage band applied at the factory overpainted with fresh camouflage, ‘C1’ type roundels and black spinner as per 2nd Tactical Air Force orders for all fighters after February 1945.
Video Build is here:
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