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1/72 scale War Bird Collection No.48 plastic model kit of the Supermarine
Spitfire MK.I.

The Supermarine Spitfire is regarded by many as the most esthetically
designed single seat fighter to appear during the Second World War. It was
conceived by the brilliant British designer Reginald J. Mitchell, and first flew
on 5 March 1936. It was an advanced, low wing single seat monoplane with a
very smooth flush riveted metal skin and a long flowing front cowling. Using the
famous RollsRoyce "Merlin' liquid cooled 12 cylinder engine that produced more
than 1,000 horsepower, the Mk I Spitfire attained a top speed of 586km/h.

The very distinctive elliptical shaped wing was useful in reducing parasitic
drag and allowed a fairly thin wing construction. It carried a large coolant
radiator under the starboard wing, and a small oil cooler under the port wing,
giving it an asymmetrical appearance when viewed from the front and bottom. The
retractable main landing gear also contributed to its smooth lines, and gave it
higher performance. The Mk I Spitfire was armed with eight 7.7mm machine guns,
four to each wing. The early production of Mk I Spitfires used a fixed pitch
wooden two blade propeller, which was later replaced with a two-pitch wooden two
blade propeller. The Spitfire's combat action in thwarting Germany's attempt
to raid the English mainland during 1940, and known as the “Battle of
Britain” has ensured this fighter's pride of place in the minds of
England's men and women forever.

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