Cockade Style...1/48 Supermarine Spitfire F.XVIIIe, Royal Indian Airforce

April 27, 2024 · in Aviation · · 4 · 114

10/2024

After the Indian Tempest with Chakra roundels, my dad now completed an Indian Spitfire with cockade roundels.
kit built oob, only added Eduard seatbelts. Painted with Mr Paint White Aluminium.

Build thread here
https://imodeler.com/groups/serving-under-another-flag/forum/topic/cockade-style-1-48-supermarine-spitfire-f-xviiie-royal-indian-airforce/?topic_page=1&num=15

After the Indian independence in 1947, the RIAF took over a whole bunch of Griffon Spitfires, XIV and XVIII, from the RAF. They were mostly used as trainers because the Tempest was the main fighter. But they saw some minor action in the first Indo-Pakistani War 1947/48.
HS877, former RAF SM969, ended up as gate guard of the Western Air Command HQ in Delhi and found its way back to the UK in 1978. It was then restored, brought back to flying condition and became a warbird.

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4 responses

  1. Fantastic result, my friend @grimteaper!

  2. Great work on this, I love the scheme

  3. Great looking Spitfire, Reinhard @grimreaper

  4. Really a standout in that scheme - such a cool combination of colors. Another lovely build.

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