After some research, I have decided to change this build a little. Spiros (@fiveten), who has been doing some pathfinding with his Vampire build, let me know about the defining characteristic of a Mark 9. It turns out that the Mark 9 has asymmetric engine inlets. The right engine inlet is about 8 inches longer that the left because it houses an air conditioner. So, I go check my Trumpeter Mark 9 and the engine inlets are exactly the same on both sides of the plane. Trumpeter got it wrong.
I did a little research, and found that the Mark 9 was considered a “tropicalized” version of the Mark 5, and apparently the only external difference between the two is the air conditioner housing in the extended right engine intake. So, this opens up a new choice. I could scratchbuild the missing inlet extension, or I could build this kit as a Mark 5. While it would be relatively easy to build the missing extension, I decided I would build this kit as a Mark 5.
The decal sheet that I planned to use has several Mark 5s on the sheet, so I have chosen to build a plane from the South African Air Force. It still has some high viz panels, so that box is checked. The only problem is that the plane is natural metal, and I have never built a model that is all natural metal. I need to break the ice sometime, so hopefully this will turn out OK. I got started on the cockpit today. Photos will follow soon. Everyone stay safe.
1. This is the new choice.