1/48 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Canopy slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear is fully retractable and can be displayed up or down.
Propeller is metal.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA7852
Spitfire Vb Trop
No.601 Sqn., EP689/UF-X, , Libya,
December 1942
If you arrived at this page using a
search engine or a link from another
site please click on the home button
once during your visit so my visitor
counter will add your visit.
Thank you.
HOBBY MASTER COLLECTOR
The first Spitfire Mk V was produced in January 1941 and proved to be as good as the Mk III and
less complicated. The Mk V was the most produced variant of the Spitfire and the main version
throughout 1941 and was a better aircraft than the Bf-109 but that all changed with the
introduction of the Fw-190. The Mk V remained the RAF fighter through the summer of 1942 and
saw several variants developed using bigger engines, new wing types and more armament.
There were 20,351 Mk V aircraft built in all variants.



In August 1941 the No. 601 Squadron “County of London” was equipped with the Bell Airacobra
but it proved to be the wrong aircraft for European warfare so in March 1942 the squadron re-
equipped with sixteen Spitfire Vb's and added some Spitfire Vc's in June. In April 1943 the 601
was involved in the defence of Malta before moving to Libya with a final destination of Egypt.
Throughout 1942 and until June 1943 when they returned to Malta the 601 made twenty six
moves.


Specifications Spitfire Mk. Vb

Production - 3,923

Role – Fighter

Crew - 1


Dimensions
Length – 29 ft 11 in   (9.11 m)
Wingspan - 36 ft 10 in   (11.23 m)
Height - 11 ft 5 in   (3.48 m)

Weight
Empty - 5,100 lb   (2,313 kg
Maximum - 6,785 lb   (3,078 kg)

Performance
Powerplant - 1 X 1,440 hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 45/46/50 V-12
Speed - 371 mph   (597 km/h) @ 20,000 ft   (6,096 m)
Climb Rate - 20,000 ft / 7.5 min   (6,095 m in 7.5 min)
Service Ceiling - 37,000 ft   (11,278 m)
Range - 470 miles   (756 km)

Armament
In Wings
2 x 20-mm cannon
4 x 0.303-in machine-guns
External
Centre-line rack for 500 lb bomb or tank