Late in 1940, the RAF predicted that the advent of the pressurised Junkers Ju 86P bomber series over Britain would be the start of a new sustained high altitude bombing offensive by the Luftwaffe, in which case development was put in hand for a pressurised version of the Spitfire, with a new version of the Merlin (the Mk VI). It would take some time to develop the new fighter and an emergency stop-gap measure was needed as soon as possible: this was the Mk V.
The basic Mk V was a Mk I with the Merlin 45 series engine. This engine delivered 1,440 hp at take-off, and incorporated a new single-speed single-stage supercharger design. Improvements to the carburettor also allowed the Spitfire to use zero gravity manoeuvres without any problems with fuel flow. Several Mk I and Mk II airframes were converted to Mk V standard by Supermarine and started equipping fighter units from early 1941. The majority of the Mk Vs were built at Castle Bromwich.
Item No 83205
Item Name Spitfire MK.Vb
Bar Code 6939319232052
Item Type Static kit
Model Dimension Length: 284mm Wingspan: 350.3mm
Total Plastic Parts 240+pcs
Total Sprues 9 sprues and tyres
Chromeplate Parts n/a
Camouflage Scheme Spitfire MK.Vb
Resin Parts n/a
Metal Parts n/a
Photo Etched Parts 1piece
Film Accessory n/a
Released Date 2011-01
More Features Fuselage
-Left and right fuselage moulded w/ authentic details
-Finely detailed engine.
-Finely detailed engine accessory compartment,
-Finely detailed cockpit
-Newly tooled wings accurately represent real ones
-Optional position flaps
-Photo-etched parts for safety belt,interior details
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