Otaki 1/48 Spitfire Mk. IX (converted from a Mk. VIII)
Another of my old builds from 1989. Made to represent an ace who once lived about 15 miles from where I live. Frank Hill became a flight commander [308FS] and in May-42 went to England where the 31st Fighter Group was flying Spitfires. Hill participated in invasions over Dieppe, France, North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He became first ace of the 31st fighter group in 1943 and then the group's commander. He flew 166 combat missions.
At the time it was the best Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX to build. It has nice fine recessed panel lines, most of the parts lined up nicely. Trimmed down the rudder and glued on the rear gear into place eliminating the rear undercarriage doors. The exhaust stacks were trimmed down, they were a bit oversized. This was an easy build and I enjoyed it very much. Back then I used Polly-S paints and a mix of different Microscale decals.