If we're talking late 1944 period, I would think the cannon blisters would be the narrow type. Spotted the Barracuda wide cannon blisters in the aftermarket stash, and I believe they would have been superseded on the assembly line by then. If the aircraft you are modelling is in your signature, then MJ5XX would have been built during or after November 1943. The Tamiya exhaust stubs are a bit plain, so I would recommend the Quickboost Spitfire VIII exhausts (same as for the Mk IX).
Other than that, I'm looking forward to the show and it might help me get my own large scale Spit off the shelf of doom.
Thanks for that. Those exhausts look beautiful, so they are on their way!
Some of you may have noticed that I changed my sig pic to the generic Tamiya box art. The reason is that I have not chosen a subject yet and it won't be "YO-B" any more, now that I know that code was flown by Justin's Great Uncle. That code belongs to him, at least here at LSP!
One thing I learned when doing research of the Lancaster and Bomber Command is that the aircraft codes were usually recycled, sometimes many times. Sadly, this was due to attrition as Lancs were lost in battle, but the codes lived on and were applied on replacement aircraft. It appears that the very same thing happened with Spitfires, because I have found the same "YO" code letters on Mk V's and Mk IX's with obviously different serial numbers. I may wind up with a bit of a "what if" as a result, with a code that doesn't match a serial number, which brings up another early thought. All of my prior builds have painstakingly attempted to replicate a specific aircraft, which has been fun to a point, but sometimes a real pain as I sweated tiny details that almost no one would notice. Since I don't have a specific aircraft to replicate, yet, I'm not going to worry about historical accuracy as much as I usually do. If the gun-sight I use isn't accurate for the instrument panel I wind up with, I don't care. The "Spitfire Snobs" may grimace, but I'll be able to live with it.
Right now I'm leaning toward an early Mk IX in order to avoid big black and white invasion stripes, which I generally dislike. I placed these stripes on my Mustang build and they were a pain- and broke up the lines of the aircraft which I love. Having said that, I usually change my mind many times within a build, so we'll see what happens down the road!