Dragon DRW50273 RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB Fighter - No. 616 Squadron, South Yorkshire, August 1941 (1:72 Scale)
"No rose without a thorn."
- Motto of No. 616 Squadron
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 flown by the RAF's No. 616 Squadron, then deployed to South Yorkshire, England during 1941. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 5 inches
Length: 6.1 inches
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "No Rose Without a Thorn" - Based in South Yorkshire, England, the 616 squadron's motto was 'No rose without a thorn'. They flew in the Battle of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and later flew sweeps over France. This plane carries the markings of a No. 616 Squadron Spitfire Mk.Vb operating in August 1941, and the livery has been replicated in an outstanding fashion.