I added an Airfix pilot , Aeroclub wheels ,clipped the wings and used Freightdog decals . I think this was the first Matchbox kit I bought when they came out in the early 70's . Not this exact one of course . I'm sure the unpainted green and brown plastic sufficed at that time .
This, more or less, is supposed to be a Spitfire XVIe of 604 Squadron in about 1946, at least according to the profile view on the Wings Palette web site. I just fancied a ‘silver’ Spitfire in my collection. The model was produced by restoring and making a few changes to a 20 year old Matchbox kit of the XVI/IX. New wing tips were added. I needed a new tail wheel and all undercarriage legs with doors. The canopy was plunge moulded using the original that had been badly covered in glue. The codes and serials were printed on my printer at home. Roundels came from the spares box mixed in with red printed areas. As with all other of my restorations, it isn’t a winner – it’s just a slightly better loser.