Today, I finally received (from America!) the crucial components for the 1-32 Mk9 Tamiya Silver Spitfire (a Mk9 and just Girty to her friends). It’s tribute to both those involved in her epic global flight, and to my Grandfather who triggered my admiration of the warbird.
He took me to the Glasgow Art Galleries as a boy, and there was the mighty Merlin, fully dressed, on display. I’d never seen an engine so big. Suffice to say I’ve been a Hurricane & Spitfire fan since. I have the model, and am gathering all the tools, paints, and “stuff” to try…at least try…and put together a decent tribute to Gi-rty. There is a raft of detail differences to Gi-rty eg Brownings deletion, but the gun bubbles still exist, but I’ve amassed dozens of photos form her trips, including service schedules, to get the engine details as near as possible.
The deal breaker was the quality of the decals from America, and they do not disappoint. Given their price, I’d hoped not.
It will be a test of patience, of which I possess little, and although I’m ok with 00 model railway stuff, I’ve never touched an aircraft so we will see how it goes over the dark Co-vid winter evenings which by all accounts are going to be “a bit different”.