Well here we are, another project finished and I have to say I have enjoyed this one so much! This project came about when one evening I was researching Malta Spitfire’s and I happened across this photograph:
This was Squadron Leader John J. Lynch of 249 Sqn. RAF after he claimed Malta’s 1000th air combat kill against Axis forces on 28th April 1943 at Krendi, Malta. He was also caught on film being congratulated on his famous score:
His mount was a RAF Spitfire Mk.Vb. Serial Number EP829. Unlike many Spitfire’s operating in the Mediterranean, this one was a standard Mk.Vb with clipped wings, meaning that it did not have a Vokes filter fitted as you can see in the photograph below:
With my imagination set alight with idea’s I set out with the desire to re-create that famous moment when Lynch and EP829 has Malta’s 1000th victory marked on the 28th April 1943.
I wanted to build this subject in 1/32 scale so I immediately turned to the Hobbyboss 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Vb as a base for the build. You can follow my progress through the build in parts 1 and 2 by following the links below.
The kit was modified with new resin parts for the Airscrew, Props, Horizontal Stabilators and wheels. I also added an aftermarket Instrument Panel and a replacement front windscreen from a Tamiya Spitfire Mk.VIII.
A special paint mix of Tamiya acrylics were used to provide an approximation of the Grey/Blue shade that was applied to 249 Sqn. Spitfire’s during 1942-1943 and markings came from aftermarket decal sheets produced by Top Colours and Xtradecal. The figures were both modified from off the shelf figures from Tamiya and PJ Productions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this project as the Malta campaign is a subject close to my heart just as Spitfire’s are too. Here are the photo’s of the finished display piece, I hope you enjoy them.
Some photo’s of the Finished airframe:
Finally here is the finished model in it’s custom built display case:
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