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RCAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter - Flight Leftenant R. W. "Buck" McNair, No.249 "Gold Coast" Squadron, Malta, March 1942 (1:48 Scale)
RCAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter - BM592, Flight Leftenant R. W. "Buck" McNair, No.249 "Gold Coast" Squadron, Malta, March 1942

Hobby Master RCAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter - BM592, Flight Leftenant R. W. "Buck" McNair, No.249 "Gold Coast" Squadron, Malta, March 1942




 
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Hobby Master HA7857 RCAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb Fighter - Flight Leftenant R. W. "Buck" McNair, No.249 "Gold Coast" Squadron, Malta, March 1942 (1:48 Scale) "Pugnis et calcibus ("With fists and heels")
- Motto of No.249 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.

Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb fighter that was piloted by Flight Leftenant R. W. "Buck" McNair, who was attached to No.249 "Gold Coast" Squadron during March 1942. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 9-inches
Length: 7-1/2-inches

Release Date: May 2024

Historical Account: "Gold Coast" - On May 16th, 1940, No.249 squadron reformed as a fighter squadron at RAF Church Fenton. Equipped with Hurricanes, the unit fought in the Battle of Britain. The only Victoria Cross awarded to an RAF Fighter Command pilot during the Battle of Britain, was won by James Brindley Nicolson while serving with 249 squadron. Offensive missions over France began in December 1940 but in May 1941, No.249 was transferred to Malta by aircraft carrier. There it formed part of the fighter defences, converting to Spitfires in February 1942. Fighter bomber missions over Sicily began in November 1942 and October 1943 the squadron moved to Italy. Sweeps were carried out over Albania and Yugoslavia and in September 1944, No.249 converted to Mustangs. In April 1945, it moved to Northern Yugoslavia for a month and after a short period in northern Italy the squadron disbanded on August 16th, 1945.

On October 23rd, 1945, No.500 Squadron at Eastleigh, Kenya, was renumbered 249 Squadron and flew Baltimores for a short time before re-equipping with Mosquitoes in February 1946. After taking part in survey flights, No.249 moved to Iraq in June 1946 and became a Tempest fighter squadron.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Opening canopy
  • Fully articulated control surfaces
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with seated pilot figure
  • Comes with display stand

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