The US decal manufacturer has released three sets of 1/24 markings for Airfix’s hotly anticipated Spitfire Mk.IX, due late this year.
From what we’ve seen so far, the new 1/24 Spitfire Mk.IX from Airfix looks absolutely amazing. However, it’s always useful to have more choice when it comes to colours and markings. With that in mind, Eagle Editions has released a trio of decal sets under its EagleCals sub-brand, offering six liveries in total and representing Mk.IX airframes operated by different Allied air arms. Both desert tones and standard day-fighter camouflage are in play, and the sets in detail are:
• MA585/KH-B, Plt Off George ‘Buzz’ Beurling, 403 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, September 1943
• EN354/WD-W Doris June II, 1st Lt Leonard V Helton, 52nd Fighter Group, United States Army Air Forces, June 1943
• MH454/FU-N, Fg Off J Boulton, 453 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, June 1944
• EN459/ZX-1, Polish Fighting Team, 145 Squadron RAF, spring 1943
• BS104/YO-R, Fg Off T K Ibbotson, 401 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, August 1942
• BS152/AE-W, Sqn Ldr Lorne M Cameron, 402 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, March 1943
To see a preview of Airfix’s Spitfire Mk.IX, click here
The quality of Eagle Editions decals has always been first rate, and that remains unchanged here; with the carrier film being thin and glossy, and the markings rich in hue. Stencilling and national insignia are supplied with all three sets, and it’s also pleasing that four of the airframes wear some form of nose art, and that a particularly famous ace is also represented. Each pack costs $26 and they are available direct from Eagle Editions. They will also be available via Hannants in the UK.