Well, a bit after WWII actually. I was ordering one or two bits and pieces from the Airfix website last week and decided to treat myself to the limited edition 1/48th scale Spitfire IX kit. It's the same plastic as the multi-version MkIX/MkXVI that first came out a few years ago with a specially produced dcal sheet for an Egyptian and an Israeli aircraft.
The kit comes in the standard Club Special "pizza box", a bit bigger than A4 in size and featrures a couple of nice profiles on the lid:
The decal sheet is by Cartograf and is beautifully printed. It contains all the major markings and blocks of colour in case any patching is needed. there are no stencils though:
The first option is for an Royal Egyptian Air Force McIXc numbered 664 and dated September 1948:
Colours are standard RAF wartime desert scheme but the pattern as shown doesn't appear to be the one normally associated with the Spitfire - local repaint perhaps? The decal sheet also provided the letter "L" in red for the starboard side only.
The second option is an Israeli MkIXe No 2004/14, 101 Squadron, 1949. This has clipped wings and looks to be in pretty much standard Day Fighter Scheme colours and pattern:
The kit instructions are slightly modified from the standard release of the kit in that, understandably, they don't mention some of the optional parts for the MkXVI. However they do suggest that both options should have the "e" wing armament layout, which I would imagine is wrong for the Egyptian aircraft. The painting instructions also show an "e" wing on both options.
All in all, it's a nice package and probably worth a substantial part of the purchase price just for the decal sheet. I know the kit has been criticised in the past, rightly, for the heavy trailing edges and overall "softness", but I've always found that it builds up nicely with a bit of work. I do wish Airfix would take a lead from Eduard's book and abandon the fixation with lowered flaps on their Spitfires - I strongly suspect that this is what gives rise to the problems with the wing trailing edges.
I have a load of Aeroclub and Brengun updates for this kit, plus plenty of ICM spares, so sorting out the bits that need fixed won't be an issue. I'm putting the plastic aside to build as a MkVIII with the Aeroclub retractable tailwheel set. I'll use one of the decal options on an Eduard "c" or "e", but I haven't decided which one yet. I like the Egyptian option though...