Hey folks,

I hope you’re all keeping well! Sorry for the radio silence last week. It was a public holiday here last Monday, and I kind of forgot about all things work related!

I’ve got another Spitfire for your delectation this week. This time it’s another Malta Spitfire from one of the early deliveries to the island in the early stages of the siege. It was delivered as part of Operation Spotter on 7 March 1942 and is MkVb that was originally painted in the North African Theatre colours of Dark Earth and Middlestone (which I modeled last time, and you can see here: https://www.duncanmhamilton.com/plastic-paint-and-glue-mkv-spitfire-north-african-theatre/).

To a degree, this is something of a speculative colour scheme. When they got to the island in a camouflage unsuitable for the environment, the Middlestone sections were hastily overpainted with an unspecified dark grey. As the story goes, it was a mix of whatever they had on hand at the time, so picking out the shade of grey is a bit of a shot in the dark. I used a close approximation of Extra Dark Sea Grey (an official RAF colour at the time), so hopefully its as close as one can hope for!

I think it makes for a very attractive colour scheme, and it’s a shame it didn’t get used for long. However, when it comes to combat, substance has to triumph over style, and later models used different camo schemes.

Sadly, most of the planes that arrived on Malta with this delivery were, to the best of my recollection, destroyed within 24 hours of arrival. This particular one, AB264, survived, however, and was eventually passed on for service with the USAAF. As a result, the hasty overpaint had a chance to wear off, and as a result, if you look up profiles for this plane you’ll see ones with some pretty haphazard paintwork. I decided to model mine as being fairly freshly painted, as I prefer a lighter touch when it comes to weathering.

On to the photos:

That’s all for this week! I’m planning an updates post for next week, so until then, take care!

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