TAMIYA Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe
|A Case of a Good Bubble
The legendary Supermarine Spitfire is often credited with saving England during WWII. Among its many variants was the Mk.XVI, which was a Mk.IX airframe that was powered by a Merlin 266 engine license-built by Packard Motor Car Company in the United States. Most Mk.XVIs featured the larger rudder and E Type wing with two 20mm cannons and two 12.7mm machine guns. With the introduction of the teardrop canopy, the rear upper fuel tank capacity was reduced to 33 gal. and that of the forward lower fuel tank was increased to 48 gal. to compensate. 1,054 Mk.XVIs were produced from September 1944 until July 1945. During the war, they were deployed on the European front and served as fighter-bombers. In the post-war period, the Mk.XVI was used by the RAF as well as the Belgian and Greek air forces until the early-1950s.
|About the Model
1/32 scale plastic assembly kit of the Spitfire Mk.XVIe. ★Overall Length: 302mm, Overall Width: 311mm. ★Distinctive features of the Mk.XVIe, including Packard Merlin 266 engine, E Type wing, teardrop canopy, and modified landing gear legs, are accurately reproduced. ★Canopy may be opened even after assembly. ★Features movable ailerons, rudder, and elevators. Flaps can be depicted in either up or down position. ★30 gallon drop tank, two 250lb bombs, and 3 types of markings included. ★Comes with 3 kinds of markings to depict the aircraft from Royal Air Force squadrons as well as the (Pilots) Refresher Flying Unit. ★2 pilot figures, 1 seated and 1 standing, are included.