Hobbymaster 1/48th scale HA7850 Spitfire Vb RF-D/EN951, Sqn. Leader Jan Zumbach, 303 Sqn., RAF, summer 1942. Only 1,000 pieces produced.
Length 7.5 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
The 303 “Kościuszko” Squadron was a Polish-manned Fighter Squadron and part of the RAF. During the Battle of Britain the 303 Squadron recorded more victories than any of the other 66 allied fighter squadrons. The 303 Squadron Leader was Jan Zumbach, who scored eight victories during the BoB. EN951 was the last of three different Spitfires Zumbach had flown, each with a Donald Duck motif on the port cockpit side. This was due to one of his nicknames being “Donald” due to his sloping nose with upturned tip being reminiscent of Donald Ducks bill. The victory markings on his aircraft were German crosses outlined in white for confirmed victories and red for probables. Zumbach ended the war with 13 1/3 victories.
The basic Spitfire Mk V was a Mk I with the Merlin 45 series engine. This engine delivered 1,440 hp (1,074 kW) at take-off, and incorporated a new single-speed single-stage supercharger design. Improvements to the carburettor also allowed the Spitfire to use zero gravity manoeuvres without any problems with fuel flow.