Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spitfire VB Clipped

Here are some images of Hasegawa's 1/32 scale Supermarine Spitfire MK VB Clipped Wing. From Wikipedia "
  • Mk VB and VB(trop): The VB became the main production version of the Mark Vs. Along with the new Merlin 45 series the B wing was fitted as standard. As production progressed changes were incorporated, some of which became standard on all later Spitfires. Production started with several Mk IBs which were converted to Mk VBs by Supermarine. Starting in early 1941 the round section exhaust stacks were changed to a "fishtail" type, marginally increasing exhaust thrust. Some late production VBs and VCs were fitted with six shorter exhaust stacks per side, similar to those of Spitfire IXs and Seafire IIIs; this was originally stipulated as applying specifically to VB(trop)s.. After some initial problems with the original Mk I size oil coolers, a bigger oil cooler was fitted under the port wing; this could be recognised by a deeper housing with a circular entry. From mid-1941 alloy covered ailerons became a universal fitting.


Pablo J. Álvarez said...

The best plane in the mediterranean scenary in WWII.
I like this work faithfully authentic

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo - I love clipped Spits.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen a Spitfire I didn't like. This is a nice example of a classic "desert" paint scheme. I like reading about the exploits of the Spitfires and Hurricanes defending Malta.


Warren Zoell said...

I hear the lifespan of desert aircraft wasn't very long even with a desert filter.