fündekals | Spitfire Mk IXc, MH434
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
fündekals :) has provided here, a very interesting set of markings for a Hollywood type Spitfire, a Mk.IXc, No. N3310 (MH434) from the movie, "Battle of Britain", the 1969 classic. This particular Mk.IXc was doctored up to give forth the appearance of a BoB Mk.I type that was used in this epic air battle. Typical wartime colors of dark green/dark earth/sky can certainly be used, but careful attention to the notes section of the instructions, gives one the impression that watching the movie first, might not be a bad at all, and would be a wonderful excuse to do so, as the movie is well worth watching,... for any reason at all.
These decals (wonderfully printed), are really quite interesting, appearing to be in perfect register, very thin and quite opaque. Given the apparent fine quality of the printing, I see no need to dwell further on this particular aspect. Complete national (and personal markings for "Skipper's" machine as depicted in the movie) are included.
fündekals :) also offers up downloadable instructions, that are very often great references unto themselves, with illustrative examples of the products featured, as well as a breakdown on the interpreted data depicted, a very nice touch indeed, and may be an industry first, as I know of no other decal companies that go to such great lengths to provide the modeler with such in depth documentation. This approach undoubtedly saves on overall expenses, and that's always a good thing.
All things considered, if you're looking for a truly unique set of markings for your Type IXc Spitfire (more than likely the Tamiya kit, since that's the best extant kit there is on the market), this set may just fill the bill for you quite nicely, as the uniqueness of a movie Spitfire is not something easily overshadowed, at least in my opinion.
This product is highly recommended.
Thanks to fündekals :) for the review sample.
Additional recommended (by me), reference/reading material:
Kagero Spitfire Mk.IX
Osprey Late Marque Spitfire Aces 1942-45
SAM Publications The Supermarine Spitfire
Movie: Battle of Britain, 1969
© Kevin Williams 2015
This review was published on Tuesday, August 25 2015; Last modified on Sunday, January 08 2017