Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb, Royal Hellenic Air Force
This is my Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk.Vb, finished as a Royal Hellenic Air Force bird.
Extensively used not only by the RAF, but also by other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II and produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft, the excellent Spitfire needs no introduction.
Royal Hellenic Air Force (EBA) received the first Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb/c's from the RAF at the end of 1943 in the Middle East, equipping the 335 and 336 Squadrons.
Most EBA Mk.Vb/c's bore (at least in Africa) the bulky Vokes filter. Some featured the typical elliptical wings, while others wore the "cut" ones, with evidence not very clear upon the type of wingtips each plane carried.
Like RAF planes, they typically carried the "Middle East Camouflage" (Dark Earth and Midstone over Azure Blue), with EBA personnel frequently adding customized touches onto those planes.
Seemingly, 335 Sq aircraft carried at the fuselage sides both the distinctive letter of the aircraft and the two Squadron call letters, whereas 336 Sq planes most probably carried only the characteristic letter of the aircraft.
The appearance of EBA Spitfires would change in September 1944, when 335 and 336 left Africa and relocated to Nuova of Italy.
The now elderly Tamiya features a cockpit that is not as detailed compared to nowadays standards. Additionally, some shape issues seem to exist. That said, the finished model looks nothing else than a Vb, let alone the fact that it is a most easy and pleasant build.
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