Tamiya 1/48 scale Spitfire MK V
I'm back !, I cannot believe its been over a year since my last posting. I always new that moving to a new home would take time to make the move and set up shop again, but as with any big event in a persons life you try to get back to things you enjoy the most as soon as possible. Therefore my return to modeling was inevitable and is a must to make my new home a home.
This little gem is Tamiya's 1/48 scale Spitfire MK V, and for those who haven't built one, all I can say is your missing out, its simple and beautifully engineered, and with a few upgrades can be made into a real beauty.
For the Spitfire purist, my apologies, I guess to you guys this a bit of blasphemy, having your sacred Spitfire in a two tone green camo and US markings, however one look at the Eagle Strike decal sheet #48228 showing this aircraft flown by Bob Curtis in Sicily in 1943, I new I had to build it.
The information provided in the Eagle Strike Productions decal sheet does indicate that this particular paint scheme may not be as shown, however this aircraft was different in appearance than others within the squadron. My personal research, I could not find any photographs of this aircraft only artist drawings, that showed this scheme.
Bob Curtis, shot down one Bf 109 flying this aircraft. He later lost this aircraft when the building he was attacking exploded in front of him damaging this aircraft. Lt. Curtis bailed out and later went to fly P-51s with the 15th AF, and destroying 13 more enemy aircraft.
The model was painted with some of the last bottles of Testors Model Master enamel paint in my stash. I added some Eduard PE seatbelts and some thin solder for brake lines. The exhaust pipes and gun barrels were drilled out, and I used stretched sprue for the antenna wire and landing gear lock indicators.
Weathering was done with a pastel chalks and silver pencil.
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