Supermarine Spitfire MK I, No 609 (West Riding) Squadron RAF, 1940,1:72 Scale Model By Oxford Diecast
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- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed.
- Stand included.
- Retracted landing gear, fixed position propeller, no pilot figure
- Measures Approximately: 4.8” L x 5.8” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts; nearly 60 remain airworthy, and many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.
The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works, which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928. Mitchell pushed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing with cutting-edge sunken rivets (designed by Beverley Shenstone) to have the thinnest possible cross-section, helping give the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the Spitfire's development through its multitude of variants.
This model is a replica of Spitfire No X4590 of No 609 (West Riding) Squadron , Royal Air Force 1940 operating out of RAF Middle Wallop during the Battle of Britain. Th During August 1940 609 Squadron destroyed 46 enemy aircraft, however, by that time almost all of the orginal pre war auxiliary pilots were dead or missing. On 21 October 1940 the squadron became the first to achieve 100 confirmed enemy aircraft kills and had 9 pilots who were “aces”. X4590 was badly damaged in 1941 and was repaired and used as a training aircraft until 1944. The plane was restored a few decades after the war and has been on display at the RAF Museum since 1978. It is one of the rare remaining Spitfires that flew during the Battle of Britain.
This Supermarine Spitfire Mk I is an excellent addition to your model aircraft collection.