Dutch Profile nr. 4
De Indische Spitfires
Book & Decal Sheet
S u m m a r y
Media and Contents:
Soft cover; 40 pages
Profile nr. 4:
15.00 Euros each (plus postage and packing)
Decals: 11.25 Euros each (inc. P&P)
available online from Dutch
Profile and many retailers and online hobby outlets worldwide
Book: Interesting story of an
overlooked aspect of Spitfire history; 17 colour profiles plus two
four-view subjects; decal tie-in
(available separately); plenty of helpfully captioned photos; covers
history, operations, camouflage and markings; full text and captions
in both Dutch and English.
High quality decals with minimum carrier film; includes both 1/72
and 1/48 scale decals; comprehensive instructions; attractive
Decals: Minor misalignment of red on 1/72
scale Soviet red stars (only)
Highly Recommended to
Spitfire and/or Dutch East Indies aircraft enthusiasts and
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly supported by Squadron.com
fourth release in the DutchProfile series is "De Indische
Spitfires". This book covers Dutch and East Indies sponsorship of
presentation around 100 Spitfires in RAF and FAA service.
The 40 pages provides detailed historical text presented in both Dutch and English, lots of
great reference photos, seventeen attractive colour profiles, tables,
drawings and two four-view marking diagrams.
The narrative commences with background to Dutch and East Indies
support for the British war effort, establishment and fundraising for
the Spitfire Fund, followed by a summary of operational use.
Surprisingly, although these Spitfires were supposed to be issued to
Dutch pilots in Dutch RAF units, instead they saw general Squadron
service in the RAF and Fleet Air Arm.
The aircraft are all Spitfire Mk.II or Mk.Vb variants. This is an
interesting period of change in the camouflage and markings of British
fighters. The Dark Earth and Dark Green scheme was making way for
camouflage better suited to the RAF's aggressive campaign of raids
across the English Channel. The subject aircraft reflect this
transitional period, with early machines still wearing the early
colours, some in a scheme of "Mixed Grey" and Dark Green, with the final
examples in Ocean Grey and Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey.
The photos and profiles are excellent. The three colour photographs
offer some fascinating insights into the camouflage of these aircraft -
especially the piebald scheme on the over!
Spitfire fans will find plenty to keep them entertained between the
covers of this new book.