Matchbox 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX (Royal Egyptian Air Force)
This Spitfire was built for a Matchbox Group Build that is still currently going on to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Matchbox to when they first started releasing their injected mold kits in 1972. In regards to this group build, I still have two more Matchbox kits in works.
I felt Matchbox released some pretty neat kits back then, some were kits that other model company would not even think of releasing. I remember building the Supermarine Stranraer and that was a big deal when I brought it into the club's meeting to show. Some of their kits may not be that great but we can say the same on the other brands too. For myself, I build a lot of Matchbox kits and had a blast with them. I have posted a few on this site.
I have built this kit many times years ago, in fact my first build was in 1973. Pretty plain by today's standards but back then this was the best Mk.IX to build. It took a good decade for a better Mk.IX to come out in 1/72 scale and that was by KP. And by the mid 90's Hasegawa released their Mk.IX.
This was a simple build, lacking some details but I did do some minor tweaks. I used some extra parts from a Spitfire build from over 2 years ago, the carburetor inlet and the exhaust stacks comes from the Heller Spitfire Mk. XVI. From a spare box I used a four spoke wheel set that was more correct for this build.
I also straightened the propeller blades, and the spinner needed a little work to give it a more pointier look. I felt it was a little too round.
I used Techmod's decals, Egyptian markings from 1948-1949.
The last three shots are side by side shots of my converted Heller Bf-109K into an Avia S-199 with Israeli markings and the Matchbox Egyptian Spitfire. These two must have tangled with during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
This was my first Matchbox build since 1987. It was a fun build and I enjoyed it very much.