Lukas Kasuba – Spitfire Mk.VIII

Kit:Spitfire Mk.VIII – Manufacturer: Tamiya 1/32

LF Mk.VIII, MD280, Flown by F/Lt. Paul Ostrander, No. 155 Squadron RAF, Burma, 1945 – Model by Lukas Kasuba

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HISTORY OF the SPITFIRE Mk.VIII

Spitfire VIIIAs far as I am concerned, Mk.VIII meant to be response to superior German fighter that appeared across the European sky in September 1941. And soon after RAF suffered losses that led to stop all daytime operations in November that year. The only con was that all complex changes to design meant It was put into production later than intended and Mk.VIII didn’t reach operational status until July 1943. Thanks to their longer range they served in Mediterranean theatre and deployed by RAF against Japanese in India and Burma. RAAF also fought Japanese using eights in the Pacific area. Main difference between eight and Mk.IX were smaller ailerons and retractable tailwheel. Three different of wingtip were used on this version. 1,658 of Mk.VIII were build which makes for third most numerous version of Spitfire.


HISTORY of the SCHEME and Pilot

Paul Ostrander, a Canadian from Winnipeg, joined No. 155 Squadron in India in May, 1944 and flew Spitfire Mk.VIIIs fromspitfire pic July of the same year and successfully completed his combat tour in May, 1945.
Ostrander´s Spitfire wore white identification stripes on the wings and tail. It is not clear if a white stripe on the fin is present but this stripe would have been part of the prescribed standard.  The badge on the nose is based on the Chindits marking – troop units active against the Japanese armed forces in the jungle behind enemy lines.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE KIT 

tamiya spitfireI received this box just in April to celebrate my 30th birthday and even though I didn’t have a party, celebration or anything remotely similar to it I must say that this addition to my stash was far more welcomed. And for few reasons. It was my first 1/32 in WW2 era, you can’t complain about Spitfire and last – it is Tamiya. Kit is fantastic and even putting together without any glue or tape I could see shape of the plane on the first evening. Keeping my spirit high I went for deep research session and came up with camouflage and quite few after market – Eduard’s PE, I used about 60% of them, Montex masks, HGW seatbelts and theirs wet transfers replacing kits thick stencils, barracuda’s seat and some nice decals from Airscale that were used as placards in the cockpit.

After receiving all my extras it was pure joy, with only few problems mainly caused by my hands or not having enough patience. Using Tamiya and Gunze C paints and varnishes I managed to create camouflage and then weathering was done by Washes and pigments from Mig Production and oil paints mixed with white spirit.

I must say that this kit probably takes me back to WW2 and near future I shall build another one alongside with hopefully finishing some Wingnut Wings.

Thank you for watching/looking and huge thanks to Clayton who allowed me to show my work here. Hope that I manage to finish more builds soon to add to my showcase.

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