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Spitfire Mk.I/Mk.Ia/Mk.IIA
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Manufacturer: Airfix Models
Stock Number: AIR A05115
Scale: 1/48
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This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.

The MkI went into service with No.19 (F) Squadron at RAF Duxford and had the distinct features of the two bladed fixed pitch propeller, un-armoured wind screen and straight radio mast. The kit also includes decals and parts for a MkIIa of No.118 Squadron RAF with a blunt spinner.

The first Spitfire prototype appeared on 5th March, 1936 and flew at 350 mph (563 km/h) and could ascend at approximately 2,500 ft (762 m) per minute. With its slender aerodynmamic lines and elliptical-plan wings, it was claimed at the time, to be the smallest and cleanest aircraft that could be constructed around a man and an engine.

The Spitfire was designed by Reginald J. Mitchell and was an adaption of the Supermarine S6B which was a racing seaplane, which also won the Schneider Trophy in September 1931. The need for developement of the Spitfire came about in 1934 when the Air Ministry Announced it needed a new fighter plane, Mitchell then working for Vickers Aviation decided to adapt the seaplane to meet the requirements of the RAF. The Royal Air Force was impressed with its performance and in June, 1936, it ordered 310 aircraft.

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I went into production in 1937 and was operational in June, 1938. Vickers Aviation could not keep up with demand and most of Britain's manufacturers began building Spitfires. By October, 1939, the Air Ministry had ordered over 4,000 of these aeroplanes.The Supermarine Spitfire Mk. II went into service in late 1940. These had a 1,150 hp Rolls Royce Merlin XII engine.

Other versions appeared throughout the Second World War. This included Spitfire Mk. IV that was a photographic reconnaissance aircraft. Spitfires continued to be produced after the war and by October 1947, 20,334 had been manufactured. The last operational flight of a Spitfire, the Spitfire PR-19, took place on 1st April, 1954.

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