Aviaeology RCAF FR Spitfires

This decal set is being produced in 1/72nd, 1/48th, and 1/32nd scales. Besides the three decal sheets, this full-featured Special Edition package includes exclusive drawings and modelling notes for the fuselage camera installation fuselage "blister" fairings that were unique to these aircraft. The RAF Airfield Repair Unit (ARU) converted standard-fuselaged FR.IXC and FR.XIVE subjects need to have the fairings added (more information below). The balance of the 8 page documentation carries clear multi-view placement illustrations covering both individual aircraft markings and airframe stencil data / maintenance markings. Where required and based on research interpretation, additional finish / markings notes are provided in the usual Aviaeology style.

As there seems to be some photo-interpretation-based controversy over the codes applied to some RAF 2TAF aircraft types maintained at the unit level on the continent during the final months of WWII in 1945, a full set of all individual aircraft codes are supplied in both Sky and White on the main decal sheet. Corresponding notes are provided on a per-subject basis within the documentation. A short description of each subject aircraft is provided below.

* FR.IXC MJ351 as aircraft S, nicknamed Violet-Dorothy of 414 Squadron:

Flown by Ken Lawson during March of 1945 before her loss with a fellow 414 Squadron pilot at the controls. Later (from early January 1945) 2TAF markings scheme with Black spinner, overpainted fuselage band and type C1 upper wing roundels.


* FR.IXC MJ518 as aircraft O, nicknamed Helen II of 414 Squadron:

Flown by Mike Carr as wing to S/L Gordon Wonnacott (see MK202 below), this aircraft is depicted in the pre January 1945 scheme with type B upper wing roundels, Allied Expeditionary Air Force "invasion" stripes, an unusual bare metal canopy frame, plus Sky spinner and fuselage band.


* FR.IXC MK202 as aircraft Q of 414 Squadron:

Squadron commander Gordon Wonnacott's usual mount. Later (from early January 1945) 2TAF markings scheme with Black spinner, overpainted fuselage band and type C1 upper wing roundels.


* FR.XIVE RM876 as aircraft H of 430 Squadron:

Flown by Warren Middleton during an 8 February 1945 action as described in Robert Bracken's classic Spitfire: The Canadians. This is a standard fuselage (high back) Mk.XIV with the ARU Fighter Recce conversion incorporated. Can be depicted in either the pre January 1945 markings (see MJ518 above) based on an included photo, or the toned down later markings. Finish options notes are provided.


* FR.XIVE RN114 of 430 Squadron but specially marked with the 39 Wings OC (Flying)'s initials RC*W:

As flown by Wing Commander RCA "Bunt" Waddell from January through May 1945. Another standard fuselage Mk.XIVE. Markings options based on recent photo-interpretation has been added to the set for this aircraft.


* FR.XIVE MV348 as aircraft S, nicknamed Violet-Dorothy III of 414 Squadron:

Flown by S/L Ken Lawson during May of 1945, this bubble-canopied low back FR.XIV features the later 2TAF markings scheme with Black spinner, overpainted fuselage band and type C1 upper wing roundels.


* FR.XIVE NH648 as aircraft P, nicknamed Lazy Lady IV of 414 Squadron:

Flown by James Prendergast after he became the 414 Squadron CO in mid April 1945 until put out of action by flak damage on 29 April. Another well weathered, nick-name endowed low-back FR.XIVe. Several reference photos are included in the set documentation.

July 2012 K.E.