Another Airfix 1/48 Mk XIX Spitfire done as RM643/Z of 541 Sqn, RAF Benson in late 1944. Decals are from the Xtradecal sheet X48118 with homemade stencils. Added long range fuel tank hooks, fish-tail exhausts, four-spoke wheels and removed cockpit pressurisation gear.
This aircraft is supposed to be one of the early batch without cockpit pressurisation so this was removed from the model and the pilot’s door re-scribed – I didn’t decide to do this particular aeroplane until after the fuselage was buttoned up so the rear pressure bulkhead got left in place. I added resin fish-tail exhausts, four-spoke wheels, hooks for the long range belly tank, when fitted, and “Rebecca” beam-approach aerial under the fuselage. Apart from that and some Eduard seat belts, that’s all I added. Paint is a base layer of Alclad2 Airframe Aluminium and then shades of Vallejo PRU Blue. D-Day stripes are added on top with Tamiya White and Rubber Black.
This is my second Airfix Mk XIX. For the price, I love this kit and plan to use it as a donor for Mk XIV and XVIII conversions (I figure it’s cheaper than looking for Aeroclub conversion).