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One "Spit" and only one.

Discussion in 'World War 2 Hobbies' started by Hoosier phpbb3, Jun 18, 2007.

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    Hoosier phpbb3 New Member

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    So, I have this new 1/48 scale Spitfire Vb that will hit the workbench 'fore long. I've got some tough decisons to make in the meantime.
    I only have room in my collection--due to space mostly--for one Spitfire variant. Should I build it as the clipped-wing version that specialized in low-level work in North Africa with the Aboukir air-filter? (Cool-looking for sure, but those stubby wings do look a little odd, eh?)
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    The regular-wing Vb with traditional Spitfire-tips and the Vokes air-filter? (The Vokes is a much-larger unit that somewhat spoils the classic Spitfire lines in my estimation.)
    I'm firmly on the fence at this point.
    Another option would be a Vb from a completely different theatre of operation than North Africa. Different decals, camoflauge...

    Since this will be my ONLY Spitfire, which Vb theatre/camo-pattern best represents this famous war-bird?

    Tim
     
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    Not to worry... I'll figure it out.
    That clipped-wing version IS distinctive, but something about those true elliptical tips scream Spitfire.

    Tim
     
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    I like the more traditional look.
     
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    To be honest, this is something which has to be your choice.
    But if you are asking for my choice I would go for North Africa and keep the wing tips.
    It was in the MTO that the Mk V made its most important contribution to the Allied war effort, and you can even put it in USAAF markings ;)
     
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    For Mk Vb you have a range of possibilities (there was practicly no front where the bird did not participate):
    UK:
    Channel, Africa (i particulary like cliped wing with Aboukir filter by Ira R. Gleed coded IRG with felix the cat).

    Italy:
    Yugoslav (they did have 2 MkVb's which the traded with Italians for Vc's) i built one.

    VVS:
    Kuban (57. GIAP) (i already have decals for white 538 in 1/72), Leningrad PVO, Moscov PVO....

    Burma, India, PNG
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys.
    I'm still torn... ultimate solution may in fact be one of each, though my display-space is quite limited. The Spit does look sharp in North-African scheme with clipped wing-tips, but I'm leaning towards a traditional Spitfire look.
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    Another considered option would be a "Malta" MkVb Spitfire flown by George "Screwball" Beurling, Canadas' top-ace of the war. He was known as "The Falcon of Malta" or the "Knight of Malta" in honor of his deeds there.
    I've seen some photos of a rather spectacular Spitfire of his with Med blue camo and yellow rudder. Very striking.
    Ah, decisions, decisions. It's difficult to do this great aircraft justice with only one example.

    Tim
     

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