Bader's Spitfire Va, underwing roundels yes or no ?

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  1. rochie

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    Having been given an Airfix Spitfire Mk Va Douglas Bader and the kit has no underwing roundels.
    so after having a look around for ref's came across this from Airfix that was posted on an Airix tribute forum

    It has come to our attention that we have made an error in the instructions of this model and have inadvertently shown roundels on the underside of the wings of this Spitfire. As you may have noticed we have not supplied these roundels in this kit and can assure you that this is historically correct, as Douglas Bader flew this type without the underside markings.
    We apologise for any confusion this has brought and assure you that we are currently updating new stocks of this kit to ensure the roundels are removed from the instructions. Thank you.
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    so anybody have any ideas, i find it difficult to belive there were no roundels painted under the wings of Bader's Mk Va, but what do i know !!!!!!!:D
     
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    I think it was without roundels in 1941. I have at least one pic of it, so I'll see if the underside of the wings are visible.
     
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    I think every profile I saw had them on but that doesn't make it right.
     
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    that would be great Terry.

    i know what you mean Andy, that's what i found when i was looking for pics and profiles all show roundels
     
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    #5 Airframes, Sep 29, 2010
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    Darn! Can't see in the pic! I had heard somewhere it didn't have roundels, but that seems very strange for early 1941. Had it been a MkI in July to early August 1940, maybe, but 1941 probably not.
    EDIT: might be worth an e-mail to Airfix, asking where the info came from?
     
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    yeah i might just do that, might even get a reply !
     
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    Hope you do, and post it here.
     
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    well i've sent them an e-mail so we'll see what happens
     
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    well i never did get a reply from Airfix about this !
    so with the aces GB soon i think i'm going to put roundels on the undersides, i have the Baders last flight book and the cover shows a painting with roundels and a copy of the Frank Wootton painting which depicts the same !
    any further thoughts from anyone
     

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    As mentioned earlier Red Two, it's probably 99% certain the roundels were there. It was only during that transition period, at the middle of the 'turn around' in the BoB, that some aircraft didn't have the roundels. By the time of DB's MkV, the situation was more stable, aircraft from MUs were 'properly' painted, and most things were as per regs.
    Bottom line = roundels would be there !
     
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    cheers mate, i agree i cant imagine the aircraft not having roundels after going through 2 other squadrons before Bader got it !
     
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