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Spitfire Saturday?

I know this site deals with diecast of the automotive variety, but I thought I’d test the waters with a diecast airplane.

Back in the early 2000’s, several diecast companies released a few series of diecast airplanes and tanks, focusing mostly on a World War 2. One of those companies was Matchbox.

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Although initial designs would start as early as 1931, it wasn’t until 1936 that the Supermarine Spitfire would be introduced. It went into service 4 August, 1938 and shared fighter duties with the Hawker Hurricane. During the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire showed just how good of an aircraft it was by dessimating the German fighters and bombers. It also proved it was a better aircraft than the Hurricane with its faster top speed, more rugged structure and better maneuverability. With it’s two then later, four 7.7 mm browning guns, the Spitfire tore through wave after wave of Me109s and Junkers Ju82s and, with some creative radio broadcasting, was able to convince the Nazi high command that there were fewer RAF fighters being shot down than was true and thus, stopped the bombing campaign against Britain, making the Spitfire the de facto superior pursuit fighter of the RAF.

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This model by MBX is highly detailed representing accurate camouflage and RAF markings, QV putting it in 19 Squadron aircraft K.

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The actual aircraft:

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IA, P9368 ‘QV-K’, of No. 19 Squadron RAF, being rearmed between sorties at Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. P9368 was often flown by the Commanding Officer, S/L B J E ‘Sandy’ Lane, and was also the preferred aircraft of ‘A’ Flight commander F/L W J ‘Farmer’ Lawson.

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Created to 1:72 scale, the whole of the aircraft is diecast with the propellor, antennae, canopy and rear landing gear being molded plastic. MBX really outdid themselves in this series what with exhaust scuffing and burns from the wing-mounted guns and the casing outlets. They have even included the green and red navigation lights on the wing tips and fuselage.

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Let me know if you’d like to see more of these as I have several.

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