Just finished this one today, what an amazing kit which needs no introduction. This is the second Tamiya release, the Mk.VIII finished in the markings of Col. Charles "Sandy" McCorkle- CO of the 31st FG. Destroying 5 enemy aircraft in the air, he became one of a handful of American Spitfire Aces.
I used the HGW seatbelts on this build, as well as Barracudacast resin wheels, canopy latch and seat. The cannon barrels are Master turned brass. I used custom mixes of Tamiya acrylics for the paint, and decals from the Spitfire Mk.VIII booklet from Kagero and upper wing and fuselage stars from a Victory Productions sheet. The bottom star was masked and painted with Maketar masks due to the lumps and bumps under the wing. I opted not to remove the seam on the sliding canopy, had a bad feeling that I would destroy it doing so. I can live with the seam.
All feedback and constructive criticism gladly received. Thank you for looking!