1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Vb Trop

by Cyril Worley

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Another fine kit by TAMIYA, the Spitfire Vb is a delight to build. The one I have included depicts a tropical version of the Vb, fitted with a Vokes filter, which carries the markings of 229 Squadron. EP691 X-A which was operational from Qrendi Malta back in 1942.

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As with most TAMIYA kits construction is very straight forward. The only alterations made, were to the tail end, with the elevator and rudder in a more life like position. Extra wiring and tubing were added to the cockpit tub. This aircraft is fitted with a Mosquito propeller and a short spinner. Finally the belts were made from masking tape with buckles made of fine wire.

The model was finished using TESTORS and HUMBROL paints, and marked with dry prints.

Cyril

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Photos and text by Cyril Worley