SH48051 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Vc (Malta defenders)
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The first batch was Mk Va’s with the same 8 machine guns carried by most of the Mk I’s and II’s. RAF pilots had been demanding that fighters should have 20mm cannons to match German fighters, so the Mk Vb was introduced, with 2 20mm cannons and 4 machine guns. The Mk Vb could only carry 60 rounds for each cannon, meaning the ammunition didn’t last long.
The Mk Vc was introduced later in 1941 and rectified this problem and also gave the Spitfire more flexibility. The Mk Vc could carry either 2 cannons and 4 machine guns or 4 cannons and for the first time the Spitfire could be equipped with bombs. The most common choice was 2 cannons and 4 machine guns. The new wing also had the benefit of doubling the ammunition capacity for the cannons.
The Mk V could also be fitted with a tropical filter, enabling its use in the North African deserts and the Far East
Special Hobby is a Czech based manufacturer and this is their 1/48 Spitfire Mk Vc Trop kit. This is a detailed injection moulded plastic kit with additional photo etch metal parts.
There are markings 4 planes based on Malta: No 185 Sqd RAF, Krendi Airbase, September 1942; No 249 Sqd RAF, Takali Airbase, July 1942; No 601 Sqd RAF, Luqa Airbase, April 1942 and No 601 Sqd, USS Wasp/Malta, May 1942. The last option was one of the few fitted with the 4 cannon armament.