When I first awoke this morning, I felt it was a cockpit building day so with no cockpits currently underway I decided to get a start on my Edgar Brooks Memorial Spitfire build. For this campaign I picked the Italeri Mk.IX American Aces, a reboxing of the Occidental kit with a nice decal sheet
(Incidentally my original decal sheet was badly out of register! Thankfully upon request Italeri send a perfect replacement right out to me)
Im not completely settled on my marking choice but for sure 1 of the 3 still visible on the lid. It will likely will be the bottom a/c in desert scheme flown by Lt. Vic Cabas 52nd FG, North Africa early 1943. Should contrast nicely with the RAF mustang I plan to build for the upcoming recce campaign
The cockpit of this kit cries for some better detail and as I would like to open this bird up I will make some scratch built improvements to busy it up a bit. Outside of that I dont forsee needing to add too much possibly exhaust, the kit part suffered some mold misalignment but I may be able to save it. I may also use a vac canopy but will give the kit parts a chance first and see if they look right with the hood slid back.
Im not that well versed on spitfires and my library shows it! But I'm always open to learn new bits of info so feel free to chime in on any technical info or other details that may improve my build, even if its too late because Ive got plenty other Mk.IXs to build later!!!