Kits-World looks as though it’s the first producer to release dedicated aftermarket items for Airfix’s forthcoming 1/24 Spitfire Mk.IXc.
There is likely to be a raft of bespoke aftermarket products designed to embellish the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Mk.IXc due later this year – regardless of how much detail is provided. However, Kits World has now stolen a march by releasing decal sheets, but there are also combined sets with additional masks for national insignia, serials and codes.
The advance sample received by Key Model World is KWM24002, which offers decals and masks for two colour schemes. The first is that of the Mk.IXc, BS119/YO-A, flown by Flt Lt Donald Morrison of the Canadian 401 Squadron, based at Lympne, Kent, during the summer of 1942. This aircraft supposedly wore a non-standard livery comprising different topside shades of grey, but no Dark Green. Interestingly, a fascinating personal account from pilot Morrison regarding the final sortie in this aircraft can be found in the book Spitfire: The Canadians, by Robert Bracken.
Scheme two represents the USAAF Spitfire WZ-JJ (MH894) Lady Ellen III of the 309th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group. It was based at the Italian airfield Castel Volturno, and flown by Lt John E Fawcett in the spring of 1944. This machine is painted in Dark Green and Ocean Grey, over Medium Sea Grey.
The two sheets of self-adhesive masks are extensive, providing all the larger markings such as national insignia, fuselage codes and serials, while a decal sheet carries smaller items, such as nose art. This set costs £19.99 and can be purchased directly from Kits-World (www.kitsworld.co.uk) along with other decals/masks for Airfix’s Spitfire, due later this year.