Airfix 1/48 RAF Specialist Spitfire Model Kit
Model Number: A82015
The Airfix Club Specialist Spitfire Model Kit accurately recreates the real life RAF Specialist aircraft.
Contains one model with two decal options:
Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.Vb
Air Sea Rescue, No. 278 Squadron, RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England, 1944 (L195 x W208)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb
Night Fighter, No. 111 Squadron, RAF Debden, Essex, England, December 1941 (L195 x W232)
Requires Paint & Glue to complete.
Although best known for its use as a daylight interceptor fighter, and in later days as a fighter bomber, the Spitfire also undertook a number of specialist roles for the RAF. During the winter of 1941/42 it was feared that the Luftwaffe would once again strike at the heart of Britain by bombing its major cities as it has the winter before.
While single engine fighters, like the Hurricane, had been used in the past to intercept these bombers it was decided that a more potent fighter was needed and a number of Spitfire VBs were converted to night fighters by painting them black. The idea was to direct them to the bombers using searchlights. However the operations were not a success.
The Spitfire could be tricky to fly at night, with its narrow track undercarriage and immense engine torque making even taking off difficult. Many were lost in accidents and the idea was quietly dropped. Another use for the Vb towards the end of the war was a high speed air sea rescue machine. operating over the sea off the Suffolk coast, these Spitfires were able to spot downed aircrew and radio their position to enable Coastal Command or the Royal Bay to rescue them.
Model: A82015 Specialist Spitfires Limited Edition
Reviewed by Chris Cole
Wow! Ten quid for a 1/48 scale Spitfire. Five out of five. On top the kit has a good level of detail too.
Reviewed by Thomas Renshaw
As always amazing service from Wonderland Models. Delivered within 2 days in pristine condition, with the criminally low price of £9.99, not to mention the simply enjoyable build as well. A purchase I would recommend for anyone, beginner or not, interested in modelling.
Reviewed by Chris Cole
For £9.99 you get a decent 1/48 scale Mk Vb Spitfire. I haven't begun to build it yet but the level of detail looks good. I'm probably going to get some after market resin and metal parts as well as decals for another aircraft but I haven't committed yet and may change my mind simply because the air sea rescue version intrigues me. But yes, 5 stars for a good detailed kit for under a tenner.
Reviewed by Graham Brown
This is an excellent & well detailed model of the Mk V Spitfire. A lot of cockpit detail, and although instructions & markings are for 2 less well known versions, there is a large number of alternative parts to make other versions including bombs, slipper fuel tank, Vokes tropical filter and an assortment of exhausts & canopies. Good to see a pilot figure included as well. Recommended.
Reviewed by Selwyn George Jones
Airfix Spitfire 5 club edition
It arrived promptly and was so good I ordered a second example. both await serious consideration before I start work on the unusual night fighter version.
Reviewed by Stefan Winterbottom
1/48 RAF Specialist Spitfire Model Kit
The item came we’ll price and we’ll package. Good detailing looking forward to the build.
Reviewed by Mik Simmonds
Arrived promptly Arrived packaged more than adequately Price very fair All you would expect from a top class company
Reviewed by Mark Blignaut
Extremely prompt delivery. Haven’t built it yet but on inspecting, nicely detailed, clear instructions. Nice piece of kit. Extremely well packaged
Reviewed by Ben Job
Model box itself was slightly damaged but nothing major. Everything inside was perfect. Ordered from here a few times and it’s quickly becoming one of my go to places for scale models/ paints etc. Delivery was fast as usual
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