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AZM74020 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXE 'Red Star'

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AZM74020 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk.IXE 'Red Star'
Product Code: AZM74020
Brand: AZ Models
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The Spitfire Mk IX was made from a Mk Vc airframe and a Rolls Royce 60 Series Merlin engine with 2 stage supercharger. It was done to provide a temporary counter to the German Fw190, which was vastly superior to the Mk V Spitfires. However, the conversion was a success straight away and it became the second most produced Spitfire mark after the Mk V. It was good enough to keep the definitive Merlin Spitfire, the Mk VIII, from being manufactured in huge numbers! There was also a similar Spitfire, the Mk XVI, which was powered by a Packard built Merlin engine. 

The Mk IXe was similar to the Mk IXc but the 4 7.7mm machine guns were replaced by 2 12.7mm heavy machine guns. The Spitfire Mk IX and XVI were in front line service until the end of WW2 and some still served after the war despite the superior Griffon powered Spitfires and also the Hawker Tempest being in service.  

AZ Models are a Czech based manufacturer with a wide range of kits. The Spitfire IX kit is an all new kit produced with the same moulding technology as more well known kits. This gives this kit an excellent level of detail, with fine engraved panel lines. Many modellers think this is currently the best Spitfire Mk IX in 1/72.

Markings are provided for 4 Russian Air Force Spitfire IXe's.
 
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