1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Vb

by Tom Milne

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This is ZD-F, "F for Freddie", Spitfire Mk Vb which was flown by the CO of No 222 Sqdn during the winter 1941/1942.  It represents the color photo from the Merlin-engined Spitifre article in "Wings of Fame", Vol 9, 1997.  The colors are unusual in that the ailerons, top cowling, and right wingtip are mismatched.  There appears to be a lot of overpaint showing in the photo of the real aircraft, and weathering.  It looks quite scruffy, despite it being the CO's personal aircraft.

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It was an enjoyable build, the only snag being the propeller spinner which had to be re-engineered because of the incorrect parts breakdown.  The kit spinner (modified) and prop are shown.  I used elevators from Ultracast and drooped them as you would normally find on a parked Spitfire.

Paints were Testors Polly-Scale acrylic, done with brush and Q-tip.

Tom

Photos and text by Tom Milne