SH48100 1/48 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc "RAAF Service"
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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 resin and photo etch metal parts.
There are markings 4 RAAF (Australian) Spitfires: The first 2 are the same plane from No 79 Sqd RAAF, Kiriwina, New Guinea, October and December 1943; No 457 Sqd RAAF, Livingstone, Northern Territory, Qugust 1943 and No 54 Sqd RAAF, Winnellie, Northern Territory, Australia, 1943.