Misplaced Interceptors, Spitfire Mk VII, 453 SQN RAAF, UK 1943
This decal sheet by Red Roo covers four different Spitfire
Mk VII's used in the UK by 453 SQN during WWII and is available in 1/48
On 27 Oct 1943, three Spitfire Mk VII MB
high altitude interceptors were attached to 453 SQN who were equiped
with Spitfire Mk Vb low altitude fighters. These three Spitfire Mk
VII still carried the code letters (DU) of the previous owners, 312
SQN RAF, instead of the codes of 453 SQN (FU). The code letters on
these aircraft remained unchanged whilst with 453 SQN. In January 1944
453 SQN also flew another airframe, MD114 (coded DU-G), from the Skeabrae
The decal sheet is essentialy a small sheet
that supplies you with national markings for one aircraft, one set
of sky coloured DU codes, one set of white DU codes and the aircraft
numbers for each aircraft. The only limiting factor to making all four
aircraft with this sheet is the DU codes as you can use the kit decals
for the national markings and source the DU codes from other after
market sources or your spares box.
I have used Red Roo decals numerous times
and have found them to be excellent decals in both quality and ease
of use. The only draw back is the use of decal softening solutions.
I have found that some solutions react badly with these types of decals
if you try to move the decal off the sheet into a puddle of solution.
Plain water is the best to use for me when using
these decals but others have no doubt had different experiences.
The markings cover the following aircraft
and camouflage schemes:
a. Spitfire Mk VII, MB765, DU-G, received
by 453 SQN on 27 Oct 1943. The aircraft was allocated to RAF Station
Flight Skeabrae on 8 Nov 1943 and subsequently returned to 453 SQN
in Dec 1943. The aircraft is finished inthe RAF standard day fighter
scheme of Dark Green/Ocean Grey/Medium Sea Grey.
b. Spitfire Mk VII, MB828, DU-Y, was received
by 453 SQN on 27 Oct 1943. This aircraft is also finished in standard
RAF day fighter scheme.
c. Spitfire MK VII, MB 763, DU-Z, also recieved
by 453 SQN on 27 Oct 1943. This aircraft was also finished in the standard
RAF day fighter scheme.
d. Spitfire MK VII, MD114, DU-G, was received
at RAF Station Skeabrae in December 1943. The aircraft replaced MB765
and was flown by 453 SQN in January 1944. The aircraft is finished
in the high altitude scheme of Medium Sea Grey and PRU Blue.
the Spitfire Mk VII
The Spitfire Mk VII is similar to the MK
VIII and Mk IX but requires extended wing tips and the ram air intake
for the cabin pressurisation system. In 1/48 scale ICM produces the
required kit with the extended wing tips and intake with the Mk VII
and Mk IX kits. The ICM kits are quite cheap and available in Australia
from NKR. The extended wing tips are also available from after market
companies. In 1/72 the Spitfire Mk VII is apparantly available from
Hasegawa and Ventura.