SW72068 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe in International Services (France, Belgium, Greece, SAAF)

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SW72068 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe in International Services (France, Belgium, Greece, SAAF)
Product Code: SW72068
Brand: Sword
WAS: £13.99
OUR PRICE:£12.60
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The Mk IX Spitfire was introduced in 1942 to counter the German Fw190 and was actually in production before the Mk VII and VIII. The Mk IX was successful enough to limit the numbers of the technically superior Mk VII and VIII's, as full scale conversion on the production lines would disrupt production of this very important fighter.

The Mk IX was essentially, a Mk Vc modified to take the 70 series Merlin engines, the most noticeable visual change being that of a new 4 bladed propellor, new exhausts and radiators under each wing. Later Mk IX's had a larger broad rudder and the 'e' wing, which was equipped with two 20mm cannons and two 12.7mm heavy machine guns. Some had the wings clipped and were optimised for low level and were known as the LF Mk IX's.

The Mk XVI was the same as the LF Mk IX but it was fitted with a licence built Packard Merlin engine. Both the Mk IX and XVI were in production until the end of the war. Many Air Forces continued to use Spitfires after the war until the early 1950's when it was clear that the jet fighter was the thing to have.

This is Sword’s model of the Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (with bubble canopy). Sword is a manufacturer based in the Czech Republic.  The kit is injection moulded in plastic with a resin cannons and exhausts. The level of detail is excellent with engraved panel lines and a detailed interior. I would rate this kit as one of the best Spitfire IX/XVI kits in this scale.

There are 4 different options for markings - 1 from each of the following Air Forces: French, Greek, SAAF and Belgian
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