1/48 Spitfire Vc, 249 Squadron, Malta, June/July 1942
Spitfire Mk Vc, BP966, was originally manufactured in the desert scheme, then routed to Renfrew, Scotland for shipment to Malta. While there, it was refinished in the temperate sea scheme (as per a misunderstood Malta request), and shipped to Malta on operation Calendar, to serve with 249 Squadron.
The kit is quite nice, with a good cockpit, photo etch, but with a few small problems ... the wrong prop and spinner, the fuselage is too short, the wings are in the wrong place, and the tail is canted up at a strange angle - so - a challenge!
The fuselage was cut forward of the windscreen and extended .060" (moving the wings forward at the same time), and the rear fuselage cut and repositioned. A spare DeHavilland prop was sourced, and the spinner chucked onto a bur in a drill and machined down to the proper DeHavilland short spinner.
Extra details added to the cockpit, a vac canopy, and Ultracast exhaust and entry door readied it for the paint shop.
It is finished in Tamiya acrylics, and weathered in oils and pastels.
It is one of 3 (a triple Malta build) and the first ready to be shown, hope you like.
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