KITS 02/2023

A58-602, W/Cdr Robert H. M. Gibbes, No. 80 Wing, Sattler airfield,

Australia, December 1944–April 1945

Bobby Gibbes, nicknamed “A Walking Barrel“ by his

fellow pilots due to his short body complexion, was

one of the most renowned Australian pilots and achieved one unusual sussess by shooting down aircraft

of three different Axis nations i.e. German, Italy Vichy

France. He scored 12 victories in total. Gibbes‘ Spitfire Mk.VIII A58-602 retained the factory camouflage,

the Australian national insignia were complemented

by RG-V codes and Grey Nurse inscription. Both were

painted in Sky Blue. It was a very light blue color used

by RAAF. Its application on the code letters was introduced in January 1943. Originally white tail surfaces

were overpainted with Foliage Green on the top and

sides, the undersides were painted Sky Blue. Ace of

Spades on Gibbes aircraft’s rudder was painted upside

down. Kill markings, depicting Gibbes‘ victories scored

Recommended:

in MTO flying with No. 3 Squadron RAAF, were painted

below the canopy. The quick recognition markings –

white wing leading edge – appeared on the Australian Spitfires for the first time in the middle of 1943

and No. 80 Fighter Wing adopted the practice. During

its service Gibbes‘ Spitfire carried two different shark

mouths. Later version, with wide mouth is portrayed

in this profile.

Cat. No. 648200

for Spitfire Mk.VIII 1/48

49708

Spitfire Mk.VIII (PE-Set)

FE746

Spitfire Mk.VIII Weekend (PE-Set)

648099

Spitfire exhaust stacks fishtail (Brassin)

648115

Spitfire wheels - 4 spoke (Brassin)

648118

Spitfire wheels - 4 spoke w/pattern (Brassin)

648120

Spitfire - radio compartment (Brassin)

648199

Spitfire Mk.VIII cockpit (Brassin)

648200

Spitfire Mk.VIII engine (Brassin)

648201

Spitfire Mk.VIII gun bays (Brassin)

648338

Spitfire Mk.VIII top cowl (Brassin)

648380

Spitfire Mk.VIII / IX cockpit door (Brassin)

3DL48039

Spifire Mk.VIII SPACE (3D Decal Set)

D48048

Spitfire Mk.VIII over Europe (Decal Set)

D48049

Spitfire Mk.VIII over Pacific (Decal Set)

Cat. No. 648338

Cat. No. 648115

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INFO Eduard

Cat. No. 648199

February 2023