|【 The True Successor to the Mk.V 】 The legendary Spitfire was the representative British fighter of WWII. Many variants were built and among these was the Mk.VIII, a variant developed to be the replacement for the RAF's previous mainstay Spitfire, the Mk.V. The Mk.VIII was fitted with a Rolls-Royce Merlin 60-series engine, larger radiators, and an air filter as standard. Other improvements included fuel tanks added in the wings, retractable tail wheel, shortened ailerons, and enlarged rudder and elevators. From the latter half of 1943, the Mk.VIII were deployed to the Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters and saw service with RAF, USAAF, RCAF, and RAAF units.|
【 About the Model 】 1/32 scale plastic assembly kit of the Spitfire Mk.VIII. ★Overall Length: 302mm, Overall Width: 383mm. ★Features of the Mk.VIII, including the retractable tail wheel, shortened ailerons, and wing fuel tanks, have all been accurately reproduced. ★You can select either retracted or deployed landing gear and tail wheel even after assembly. ★Parts to depict standard and extended wingtips included ★Features moveable ailerons, rudder, and elevators. Flaps can be depicted in either up or down position. ★Parts for 30 and 90 gallon fuel tanks included. ★Comes with 3 kinds of markings to depict the aircraft from USAAF, RAAF, and RCAF units. ★Comes with 2 pilot figures, 1 seated and 1 standing.
|■Built-in magnets enable cowling detachment even after assembly. The form of the nose section has been accurately reproduced.||■Kit includes parts to depict wingtips of early-type Mk.VIII. Also features shortened ailerons.||■Features of the Mk.VIII, including details for the wing fuel tanks, have been faithfully reproduced.|
|■Parts to depict the 90 gallon fuel tank seen in the Pacific Theater are also included.||■You can select either stowed or deployed tail wheel even after assembly.||■Rolls-Royce Merlin engine features impressive details including carburetor, supercharger, and intercooler.|
|■Structurally complicated cockpit has exquisite details such as floor-less construction and the unique control stick.||■Bulletproof plate and seat harnesses are depicted with photo-etched parts for greater realism. Masks to aid with canopy painting are also included.||■Included stand enables to depict the plane in flight. You can select either stowed or deployed landing gear even after assembly.|
【 Special Photographic Reference Manual Included 】|
In addition to the historical background of the Spitfire, this booklet includes photographs taken at museums where research on actual Spitfire aircraft was conducted. A5 size, 16 pages.
|Lt. Bill Skinner, 308th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force, USAAF, Castel Volturno, Italy, February 1944||Wing Commander “Bobby” Gibbes, No.80 Wing, RAAF, Morotai Island, Dutch East Indies, 1945||No.417 Squadron, RCAF, Marcianise, Italy, January 1944|