1/48 Tamiya + Fusion Models -  Messerspit

Gallery Article by Tolga ULGUR on June 9 2011


(Captured Spitfire Mk.Vb with DB605 Engine) 

This is 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire MkVb mated with Fusion DB605 conversion set.  This aircraft (Spitfire MkVb serial EN850 / NX-X) flown by P/O Bernard Scheidhauer  was captured in Jersey island (between England and France) after a crash landing on November 18, 1942.  Scheidhauer's aircraft (EN830) was shipped to Daimler Benz factory in Echterdingen- Germany.  Several flights were made by Daimler-Benz pilots before conversion was attempted.  A standard DB 605A-1 engine  was mounted to the firewall.  Spinner, propeller and carburetor scoop are added from a Bf-109G.  With german camouflage and yellow-painted nose modified EN830 served officially as a test bed.  Its career ended on August 14, 1944 when a formation of US bombers attacked Echterdingen.

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I used  “Captured Spitfire Mk.Vb with DB605 Engine set” from “Fusion Models” for the conversion.

Eduard PE instrument panel, Ultracast resin seat and Quickboost gunsight added in the cockpit

Armament on the wings were deleted. 

The painting was done with Gunze Sangyo acrylics.  Camouflage scheme is RLM 74/75 over RLM 04 .

Unfortunately decals are not included in the set.  National insignias and swastikas are from my spares box.

Thanks to Mr Tarık Soylu for home made decals of black code letters (CJ ZY) on the fuselage and the wings.

Finally I replaced the cockpit door from Ultracast. 

Reference: On special Missions-The Luftwaffe’s Research and Experimental Squadrons 1923-1945 

Happy Modelling

Greetings from Istanbul – TURKEY

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