1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Mk VIII

Gallery Article by Brad Main


This is Hasegawa's Spitfire Mk VIII built using several of Ultracast's accessories including: Access hatch, wheels, elavators, exhausts, spinner and props. I also added Eduards PE seat harness. Paint was all Polly Scale except the white and yellow which was MM Acryl. Weathering was achieved with a wash of Pastel chalk, water and dish soap for the panel lines, and the exhaust and fabric control surfaces was accomplished with dry pastels. I used a Prismacolor Metalic Silver pencil for paint chipping.


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Decals were a combination of Aeromaster roundels, and Watermark codes, serials and emblem. The plane depicted is a 155 RAF Squadron bird flown by RCAF Pilot, P/O Paul Ostrander from Winnipeg, based in Burma in April 1945. Many of the Squadron's Spitfires were purchased by the Maharaja of Manjipur.

For references, I used the book Spitfire, The Canadians by Robert Bracken, as well as the Watermark decal sheet instructions, and several conversations via email with Robert Bracken. I owe a great deal of thanks and appreciation to Robert for his excellent work and dedication in his research to bring us the information about RCAF pilots and their Spitfires. I would also like to thank Steve Bamford for taking these awesome pics!

Brad Main

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Photos and text by Brad Main