KPM0083 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXe (RAF Aces)

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KPM0083 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXe (RAF Aces)
Product Code: KPM0083
Brand: Kovozavody Prostejov
WAS: £12.60
OUR PRICE:£11.40
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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 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.  
KPM are a Czech based manufacturer with a wide range of kits, owned by AZ Models. The Spitfire IX kit is a rebox of the newer AZ Spitfire Mk IX kit and this gives this kit an excellent level of detail, with fine engraved panel lines. Many modellers think this is currently the best Spitfire Mk IXe in 1/72. Decals are included for 3 RAF Spitfires, including ones flown by Douglas Bader and Johnnie Johnson.