Hasegawa Spitfire MK XI PA-944
Another stash reduction build during the pandemic stay at home guidelines. This is my attempt at converting a MK IX Spitfire into a MK XI representing PA-944 used by the USAAF. After seeing the documentary concerning this aircraft, and its pilot, I always thought it would be an excellent subject to build.
There's not difference between the IX and XI Spits the most noticeable being the vertical tail which the kit had in it's parts breakdown. So after sanding the gun wing bulges off I began the conversion process. As the pilot John Blyth stated his A/C had two vertical cameras so I drilled out their placement holes and inserted some lenses from the spares box. The hardest part is the canopy which had no forward bullet proof glass in it. I sanded off the framing and polished it to somewhat achieve the original look. Not totally happy with it but it serves the purpose.
Model Master PRU Blue enamel was used along with various enamel and acrylics for the cockpit. The IP is represented using the supplied decal. Since the side door is closed there's not much that can be seen of the cockpit except for the Ultracast seat. A black Pitt Pen was used to highlight the panel lines and I used Teckmod white letter and number decals for identification. They laid down extremely well with no silvering, I highly recommend them.
Stay safe folks.
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