Exito Decals 48003: Sexy Spitfires

Units: See review


12.75 euros


Scott Van Aken

This is the third subject sheet from Exito Decals and concentrates on the Spitfire. Not just any Spitfires, but those with female nose art, something that was fairly rare amongst the RAF fighter crowd. The set has a nice mixture of airframes in it, so you should be able to find one that appeals to you.

First up is an LF Vb from 401 Squadron in October 1943. It is in the standard day fighter scheme of dark green/ocean grey over medium sea grey with yellow wing leading edge ID bands and a sky fuselage band.

Next is a Mk. VIII as operated in Inda during early 1946. This is actually an Indian Air Force plane with 2 squadron. It is camouflaged in dark green/dark earth over medium sea grey. White spinner with a blue tip. As it is post war, the white ID bands are not present.

The third option is an LF IXc that was with 318 squadron in Italy during the last two months of the war. As such, it has a red spinner in addition to the standard day fighter colors like the first option. No fuselage, band, though. Note that LF means that it was optimized for low level operations and these planes almost always had the clipped wing tips.

Kits about for all of these variants an since none of the markings are kit specific, you can use them on any one that is appropriate. Decals are superbly printed by Cartograf and this sheet is also available in 1/72 scale. What makes this set truly unique is that each of the markings options' placement diagrams are really full size color prints suitable for framing. The front gives left and right while on the back are upper and underside images as well as notes and sometimes a photo or two of the aircraft in question.

May 2019

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