A quick build (15 days start to finish), this is the first Eduard 1:48 Spitfire I have built. Built to participate in my local clubs annual group build, I was drawn to the late model shape of the Mk.XVI with its clipped wings and bubbletop canopy. The overall silver finish helped seal the deal as I wanted something a bit eye catching. As you expect this kit is pure class with everything falling into place. It's a 2015 boxing which means I did not have to deal with the new "peelable" decals from Eduard. I did choose to make masks for the fuselage and wing lettering however as this is super easy and just looks better against that subtle Eduard surface detail.
This aircraft took part in the Cooper Air Race of 1949. The competition for RAuxAF squadrons was named after W/C Geoffrey Cooper, M.P. The winged sword painted in front of the windscreen is the No. 601 Squadron crest.