Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX – MK716, 16 Sqn RAF, Normandy 1944 1/48
1 in stock
1 in stock
Hobby Master 1/48 scale HA8314: Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX serial MK716 of 16 Sqn, Normandy, France, September 1944. Production run of 800 models.
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
In an effort to spy on German forces the RAF gave some aircraft special paint colors in an attempt to camouflage them. The PRU (Photographic Reconnaissance Unit) used a very dark blue for night missions and a very pale pink for dusk, dawn and cloudy day missions. Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk. IX MK716 from No. 16 Squadron was one of only 15 Mk. IX Spitfires converted to the pale pink scheme. These aircraft retained their wing guns and first appeared in November 1942.
Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force’s major actions.