The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most widely recognized fighters of WWII.
Designed by R.J Mitchell, the Spitfire is known for its exploits during the
Battle of Britain. Throughout the war, the Spitfire's engine technology evolved
to compete with the newer Axis aircrafts. As a result, there are numerous
variants of the Spitfire, which served with distinction in the RAF as well as in
the air forces of other countries. The Spitfire Mk. IX was produced as a result
of the German Fw190A fighter, which were superior to the earlier production
Spitfire Mk. V. The new Spitfire Mk. IX was equipped with a Merlin Series 60/70
engine and two-stage supercharger. This improved the performance of the aircraft
and allowed it to match the Fw190A in battle. The production of the Spitfire Mk.
IX continued until the end of WWII. The most common Spitfire featured the "C"
universal wing, which could be equipped with four 20mm cannons or two 20mm
cannons and four 7.7mm machine guns. Some of the Spitfires were also fitted with
bomb racks to allow the aircraft to be used as a fighter-bomber.
1. Two types of fuel tanks (normal, flying stand)
2. Two types of filters (early / late model)
3. Two types of exhausts (early / late model)
4. Two types of cowlings (early / late model)
5. Two types of wing bulge (twin/single cannon)
6. Two types of wingtips (round, clipped)
7. Two types of rudder (round, pointed)
8. Two types of stabilizers (straight, horn)
The Spitfire Mk. IX assembly kit also features the following:
Early and late style wheels
Early and late style gunsights
Rubber brake lines and tires
IFF antenna panel
Bomb racks and 250lb bombs
Stand to display the model in-flight
Open or closed canopy and cockpit hatch (see 9).