A Heller of a Spitfire
When I started going to model shows with my modeling guru Archaeo Bob, prior to restarting the hobby, I picked up a lot of $5 specials from the vendor tables. Came to realize you definitely get what you pay for when it came to actually building these things. However, they have been useful as mules to work on technique, as I work my way toward tackling “serious” kits like Tamiya, etc. So here is a Heller Spitfire XVI complete with hugely raised panel lines. Fit on the wing root was terrible, putty was a mess, hence the “heavy wear”. Decals were ancient, yellowed, probably brittle so I stole decals from a Kovozávody Prostějov Spitfire kit to represent the aircraft at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum in Hamilton, Ontario, wearing the markings of RCAF squadron 416.
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