Theme Build 5 – Complete


That took a lot longer than expected! As I mentioned at the start, the Eduard kit all of these planes were built from, is an involved and sometimes tricky build. Combine that with a few busy months and this got dragged out way too long.

Big change in the markings the last year of the War. The RAF decided to return to its peacetime insignia, with the yellow, blue, white and red roundel. Basically the high visibility version of the marking. Even more than that, its a brighter blue and red than the drab wartime insignia.

But the good news is I’m pretty happy with the results. It also gives me two Mk II and two Mk XVI, sub-types I previously had none of. Neither is hugely important, I don’t expect I’ll build any more of either type. But here they are.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIb

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIe (bubbletop)

I also like that this basically was two early and two late aircraft. So we see a lot of how the Spitfire and its markings developed.

I’ll admit the embarrassing fact I have enough Spitfire “Dual Combo” kits to revisit this theme three more times! But it will be a couple years.
For now, I’ll build a couple of armored cars. Look for a new theme later this Spring.
Coming Soon… Trainers

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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8 Responses to Theme Build 5 – Complete

  1. jfwknifton says:

    You must have so many completed models! Do you ever think of holding exhibitions of your aircraft in the local area?

    • atcDave says:

      I think the number of completed models in the world far exceeds the interest!
      I have shown to groups on occasion; a church youth group, at Yankee Air Force meeting. I could do more if the opportunity presents itself. It’s fun. But it’s also a lot of work.

  2. Pierre Lagacé says:

    I suspect the change in the markings was due to being shot at by trigger happy nervous American pilots. I have found such incidents in my research. Spitfires were mistaken for German planes.

    • atcDave says:

      I’ve seen that too. But not just Americans! When I was researching for the last of these Spitfires (485 Sqn) I found they had Seafire amongst their kills.
      I am sure you are right, at a certain point in the War decided it was more important to be clearly identified than any sort of stealth.

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