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Here are my pictures of my recently completed Martin Baker MB5 completed in the colours of Squadron Leader JB Prendergast of 414 Squadron Royal Canadian air force Germany May 1945. I've always loved the Martin Baker MB 5 and bluntly the advent of jet aircraft at the end of World War II prevented going into service I always wondered what it would look like in Squadron colours and in Osprey aircraft of the aces number 81 Griffon Spitfire Aces there is a colour drawing number 26 on which I based the model. 414 Squadron had been assigned to the second tactical air force to perform armed reconnaissance and the red nose I thought looked really good with contra rotating propellers. I've used xtradecal roundels & ccodes. I also did a live pin wash and used clear satin varnish varnish for the first time which looked really good at this scale. Apologies for the rudimentary stand, I prefer aircraft with the undercarriage up and the somewhat rushed photographs. This was the new AZ model MB5 went together well with the exception of the canopy which was badly fitting and the propeller blades which needed considerably cleaning up at their bases. I hope you enjoy
When the Spitfire family was curtailed with the Mk XVIII / XIX, Supermarine's design department, previously absorbed by Spitfire developments, had nothing in train to replace it. Thus the MAP had little compunction in forcing Supermarine into using its production facilities to produce another's design; in this case, Martin Baker's MB5. Although the Spiteful name was already being considered by Supermarine as a potential laminar flow-winged development of the Spitfire, many saw the name as encapsulating Supermarine's attitude to building another company's design. The build represents a Spiteful of 91 Sqn, 2ATAF, based at Volkel in early 1945. Regards Martin