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Airfix – 1:24 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc (A17001) Model Kit

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Airfix – 1:24 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc (A17001) Model Kit

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In the world of aviation, is there any aircraft which can even come close to matching the iconic status the Supermarine Spitfire enjoys, a legacy which is as strong today as it was during the wartime years? A modern monoplane fighter aircraft which made its first flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome on 5th March 1936, the Spitfire would earn its legendary reputation during the Battle of Britain, when the pilots of the Royal Air Force stood defiantly against the overwhelming might of the all-conquering Luftwaffe, an aviation beacon of hope for a nation and its people during their darkest hour.

Elegant and graceful to look at, the Spitfire’s appearance masked the fact that this was a deadly fighting aeroplane and one which was adaptable enough to undergo almost constant development throughout the wartime years, allowing later marks of the fighter to post speeds which were almost 100 mph faster than the first machines to enter service. With a service career which extended well into the post war years, the Spitfire outlived all its aviation contemporaries and with over 22,000 Spitfires of all variants (including Seafires) eventually being built, Spitfires are still a regular sight at Airshow events all over the world, as an ever increasing number of restored airworthy aircraft continue to write the enduring Spitfire story. Even though the prototype Spitfire made its first flight over 85 years ago, the aircraft is still widely regarded as Britain’s most famous aircraft type and instantly recognisable to many millions of people the world over.

The Spitfire Mk.IX variant was arguably the most important mark of Spitfire in the entire production run and because of that, it is somewhat surprising to learn that it was actually something of a stop-gap development. The arrival of the Luftwaffe’s new Focke Wulf 190 fighter over the Western Front in August 1941 saw RAF Spitfire Mk.Vs operating over the Channel falling victim to the ‘Butcher Bird’ in ever increasing numbers and something had to be done. A major Spitfire upgrade was in progress, but the Mk.VIII was still some way off, as manufacturing facilities prepared their tooling jigs for the new aircraft, but there was a temporary solution. One of the major features of the new Spitfire was its use of a powerful new version of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine and it was proposed that fitting this new engine to a Spitfire Mk.V airframe would give the fighter a welcome performance boost.

The first 100 Spitfire Mk.IX fighters were actually Mk.Vc airframes adapted to take the new Merlin 61 two stage, two speed supercharged engine, with this combination producing a thoroughbred fighting aeroplane, one which was more than capable of challenging the FW190 and the latest ‘F’ variant of the Messerschmitt Bf 109. In fact, the new Spitfire was considered so successful that this would become the second most heavily produced variant in the entire production run and if including the aircraft powered by the licence built Packard Merlin 266 (Spitfire Mk.XVI) even eclipsed the Mk.V in production numbers. With further powerplant refinement taking place throughout the production life of this variant, the first Mk.IX Spitfires started to join RAF Squadrons from July 1942, with this famous mark of Spitfire going on to see service past D-Day and into the post war era. The last major Merlin engine powered variant of the Spitfire, this ’emergency stop-gap fighter’ actually became something of an aviation classic.

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A17001 – Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Aircraft flown by Squadron Leader “Johnny” Plagis, No.126 (Persian Gulf) Squadron, Royal Air Force Harrowbeer, Devon, England, July 1944. (A)

A17001 – Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Aircraft flown by Flight Lieutenant Ian Keltie, No. 402 Squadron “City of Winnipeg”, Royal Air Force Kenley, Surrey, England, March 1943. (B)

A17001 – Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Aircraft flown by Wing Commander James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson, No.402 Squadron “City of Winnipeg”, Royal Air Force Kenley, Surrey, England, Summer 1943. (C)

A17001 – Supermarine Spitfire MkIXc Aircraft flown by Captain Garth Jared, Commanding Officer, 309th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force, Italy, December 1943. (D)

A17001 – Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ixc GR 2/33 “Savoie”, Armee de L’Air, Luxeuil-Les-Bains, France, early 1945. (E)

Dimensions 39.7 × 46.9 × 16.08 cm
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Product Code

A17001

Barcode

5055286686412

Condition

Brand New

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Material

Marque

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Scale

Skill Level

4

Period

1940's

Number of Parts

433

Assembly Type

Assembly Kit

Required To Complete

Cement, Paint and Finishing Supplies

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Understanding Scale

The scale of a model is its size as a proportion to the real-life item. For instance, a 1:18 scale model means that every 1 unit of measurement on the model equals 18 units on the real item. If you divide the real item's size by 18, you'd get the size of the 1:18 model. Please note that models can vary slightly in size, as not all real-life items, like cars or planes, have the same dimensions.

Model Cars:

  • 1:12 scale: ~38 cm or 15 inches
  • 1:18 scale: ~25 cm or 10 inches
  • 1:24 scale: ~18 cm or 7 inches
  • 1:43 scale: ~10 cm or 4 inches
  • 1:64 scale: ~7 cm or 2.75 inches
  • 1:76 scale: ~6 cm or 2.3 inches

Model Trucks:

  • 1:12 scale: ~75 cm or 29.5 inches
  • 1:18 scale: ~50 cm or 19.7 inches
  • 1:24 scale: ~38 cm or 15 inches
  • 1:43 scale: ~21 cm or 8.3 inches
  • 1:64 scale: ~14 cm or 5.5 inches
  • 1:76 scale: ~12 cm or 4.7 inches

Model Bikes:

  • 1:6 scale: ~30 cm or 12 inches
  • 1:10 scale: ~18 cm or 7 inches
  • 1:12 scale: ~15 cm or 6 inches

Model Trains:

  • HO scale (1:87): ~22 cm or 8.7 inches
  • N scale (1:160): ~12 cm or 4.7 inches
  • O scale (1:48): ~38 cm or 15 inches

Model Airplanes:

Fighter Jets:

  • 1:72 scale: ~20 cm or 7.9 inches
  • 1:100 scale: ~14 cm or 5.5 inches
  • 1:144 scale: ~10 cm or 3.9 inches
  • 1:200 scale: ~7 cm or 2.8 inches

Civilian Aircraft:

  • 1:72 scale: ~40 cm or 15.7 inches
  • 1:100 scale: ~28 cm or 11 inches
  • 1:144 scale: ~20 cm or 7.9 inches
  • 1:200 scale: ~14 cm or 5.5 inches

Model Ships:

  • 1:144 scale: ~150 cm or 59 inches
  • 1:350 scale: ~62 cm or 24.4 inches
  • 1:700 scale: ~31 cm or 12.2 inches

Model Tanks:

  • 1:16 scale: ~97 cm or 38.2 inches
  • 1:35 scale: ~44 cm or 17.3 inches
  • 1:72 scale: ~22 cm or 8.7 inches


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    Airfix - 1:24 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc (A17001) Model Kit
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