Maisto Tailwinds Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb
Name: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb
Series: Fresh Metal Tailwinds
Price: Rs 199
I was first introduced to the Spitfire via some comics about the Battle of Britain and more specifically, piloted by ‘Killer’ Kane. I’ve been looking to add the Hawker Hurricane or the Supermarine Spitfire to the collection (I’m also on the lookout for the DeHavilland Mosquito)
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used into the 1950s both as a front line fighter and in secondary roles. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only Allied fighter in production throughout the war.
The Spitfire was designed as a short-range high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (since 1928 a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrongs). Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith became chief designer. The Spitfire’s elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Speed was seen as essential to carry out the mission of home defence against enemy bombers.
On to the plane!
The Spitfire’s wheels don’t rotate so no scooting around for this guy. While the camouflage details are good, the underbelly has little to no details. Given its size, that’s expected. Even though the underbelly has wheel wells, the landing gear itself is not retractable.
Take off! or landing?
The Tailwinds series comes with a small plastic stand to show the aircraft airborne. The stand also features the name of the aircraft.