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Supermarine Spitfire MK1 Fighter Aircraft -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/48 Scale -- #61032

Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire MK1 Fighter Aircraft -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/48 Scale -- #61032
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Product Description

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 Scale Supermarine Spitfire MK1 by Tamiya.

Product Features
  • Approx 50 parts molded in medium grey and clear
  • Highly detailed cockpit with accurate instrument panel, seat, control stick and rudder pedals, and bulkheads.
  • Separate, positionable cockpit door.
Product Specifications
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4" (23.4cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/2" (19.3cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61032
Product Markings
  • Decal Options:
  • 1: Serial No. L1043, DW o O, No. 610 Squadron, RAF.
  • Topside: Dark Green/Dark Earth camouflage; Bottom: Sky.
  • 2: Serial No. X4561, QJ o B, No. 92 Squadron, RAF.
  • Topside: Dark Green/Dark Earth camouflage; Bottom: Sky and
  • Black.
What's Included

1/48 Supermarine Spitfire MK1 plastic model kit

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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 Rolls-Royce "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 Mk I Spitfires used a fixed pitch wooden two blade propeller, which was later replaced with a two-pitch three 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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Good Weekend Kit
By sbf126 January 30, 2015
Great quality kit from Tamiya, fit together nicely, good decal selection, good detail in the molding. Well worth the additional cost vs other manufacturers, great kit to build in a weekend.
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Mark 1 Spitfire Tamiya
By ek19333 March 29, 2016
Great quality kit. Everything went together very well over the day and a half it took to build and paint this kit. I built it in tandem with a Me-109 from the same period (Battle of Britain) for my nephew as a pairing (good guy vs. bad guy). Everything went together just great and was incredibly pleasurable experience to build.
Was this review helpful to you? 14 of 14 people liked this
High Quality Build of a Classic RAF Fighter
By aliporace May 14, 2017
My previous builds have all been US Fighters however no collection can be complete without a Spitfire. This is a very good kit with nice fits and quality decals. It meets all of the quality you would expect from Tamiya. Very little filling and sanding required to end up with a first class model. I ended up putting a medium matte finish on the model to show some aging and wear rather than out of the assembly line shine finish. This was also a first for me and I like the way it ended up. I would highly recommend this kit as a terrific build. It is now proudly in my collection and I have already started thinking about adding a Hurricane after my next build, a Bearcat.
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easy kit
By gregchampagne80 June 10, 2017
this kit didn't have many parts so it doesn't take long to build but the parts were of good quality and everything fit properly
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Sector : Military (2681)
Country : British (349)
Type : Fighter (1529)
Era : World War II (1169)
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