Author Topic: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia  (Read 470 times)

Offline KiwiZac

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1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« on: July 08, 2021, 07:07:20 AM »
Hi all,
I received this Airfix kit (the A01071B boxing) as a gift pre-COVID but it sat for a loooong time due to me not having any ideas for it at all.

Then, a couple of days ago, inspiration struck. The included serial just needed a Z to become one of those used by the RNZAF's P-40s, so what if we got Spitfire Ias in early 1941 instead of the P-40? Academy decals for Pierre Clostermann's Tempest became the squadron codes for an aircraft of Number 2 (Fighter) Operational Training Unit, based at RNZAF Ohakea (just down the road from me) and voila!: Spitfire in P-40's clothing!

Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr

And I turned around the backdrop for fun:
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr

And, in memory of the late and much-missed Brian Da Basher, the return of The Giant Hand!
Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.Ia “What If?” RNZAF by Zac Yates, on Flickr
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

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Offline Old Wombat

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Re: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2021, 07:09:09 AM »
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Offline apophenia

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Re: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2021, 11:23:07 AM »
Nicely done Zac  :smiley:  A beautiful build while also being a tribute to both Brian and Pierre Clostermann -- I still have my well-thumbed childhood copy of Clostermann's The Big Show   :D
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Re: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2021, 12:35:25 AM »
Yep can't fault that looks really good  :smiley: :smiley:


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P.s. The Big Show is a great read if you can track down a copy
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Offline KiwiZac

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Re: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2021, 07:39:50 AM »
Thanks folks! On reflection we had a fair number of taxiing and landing accidents with P-40s, so I don't think we would've been much better off...! :-\
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

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Re: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2021, 02:38:21 AM »
Hmmm...makes me wonder about a RNZAF Spitfire in the later P-40 scheme:

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Offline KiwiZac

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Re: 1/72 RNZAF Spitfire Mk.Ia
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2021, 09:37:54 AM »
Perhaps a Mk.VIII or IX?

Also I'm very excited to finally see that P-40 in person in early September. There will be photos!!
With warm regards from Whanganui, New Zealand

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