First flying in March 1936, The Supermarine Spitfire was a British fighter aircraft developed by the Supermarine Company between 1938-1948. The Spitfire became one of the most iconic aircraft of the Second World War & continues to be a crowd pleaser at airshows across the world.
The Spitfire was designed as a shortrange, 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 Spitfires distinctive elliptical wing with cutting edge sunken rivets 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.
During the Battle of Britain, from July to October 1940, the public perceived the Spitfire to be the main RAF fighter, though the more numerous Hurricane shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against the Luftwaffe. However, Spitfire units had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than those flying Hurricanes because of the Spitfire's higher performance. During the battle, Spitfires were generally tasked with engaging Luftwaffe fighters, mainly the Messerschmitt Bf 109E-series aircraft, which were a close match for them.
This kit represents the Supermarine Spitfire Mk1.a in RAF 1940 colours & includes RAF decals.
This kit comes in moulded grey plastic. Construction & Painting is required
We recommend the use of Deluxe Plastic Kit Glue when building this kit