Dragon DRW50253 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB Fighter w/ Aboukir Filter - (Madras) Squadron, Deanland, Early June 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, commenting on the British airmen in the Battle of Britain
The Spitfire is the most famous British aircraft of all time. Although less numerous than the Hawker Hurricane, it is remembered as the sleek, thoroughbred fighting machine that turned the tide during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire was among the fastest and most maneuverable prop-driven fighters of World War II, serving in virtually every combat theater.
Supermarine designer Reginald Mitchell created this small, graceful, elliptical-wing fighter with eight guns in the wings that were able to fire without being hindered by the propeller. The immortal Spitfire thus became not merely one of the best-performing fighters of all time, but also one of the best-looking. Although never employed as a long-range escort, the Spitfire was a champion in an air-to-air duel. Spitfires routinely dived at the speed of sound, faster than any of the German jets.
A carrier-based version, called the Seafire, was a winner in its own right, serving valiantly on convoy routes during World War II. The Seafire 47 was even used in the early stages of the Korean War, before it was replaced by more modern jet aircraft.
This particular 1:72 scale Spitfire was attached to the RAF's Madras Squadron, based at Deanland, England in 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 6.1 inches
Release Date: July 2006
Historical Account: "We Spit Fire and Death" - No. 234 Squadron of the RAF had the distinctive motto of, â€śWe spit fire and deathâ€ť. Highly appropriate for a squadron that flew Spitfires during WWII! This fighter squadron fought in the Battle of Britain, and with its Spitfires, it covered the Allied invasion beaches in Normandy.
The Mark V Spitfire was essentially a Mk. I or II fuselage strengthened to accommodate a Merlin 45 engine, and it was the most widely produced Spitfire variant of the war. Meanwhile, the â€śVbâ€ť designation referred to a fighter with four .303 machine guns and two 20mm cannons.