Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
|Length||19.0 cm||7.5 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||23.4 cm||9.2 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA7854 – 1/48 Scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb, RAF
Hobby Master diecast model HA7854 replicates in 1/48 scale the Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb, s/n AB972, squadron code UD-W, flown by Flt Lt Brendan “Paddy” Finucane, of No. 452 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Based at RAF Kenley, Surrey England, October 1941.
Brendan Eamonn Fergus Finucane (1920 – 1942), born in Ireland joined the RAF in 1938. In June 1942, at the age of 21 appointed leader of the Hornchurch Wing, becoming the RAF’s youngest wing commander in history. On 15 July 1942, Finucane disappeared over the English Channel. At the time of his death Finucane was credited with 28 aerial victories, five probable, six shared, one shared probable victory, and eight damaged awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) & Two Bars.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. V
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat single-engine, short-range, high-performance interceptor, of World War II and after. Manufactured in many variants, produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and the only British fighter that remained in production throughout the war.
The Spitfire Mk V, an interim measure, used the Mk I or Mk. II airframe mated to the Merlin 45 engine, entered service in May 1941 with No. 92 Squadron, RAF. Manufactured from 1941 until 1943 with over 6500 airframes built. Production in three sub-variants; the Mk. Va with the A-type wing, the Mk. Vb with the B-type wing and Mk. Vc with “universal” C-type wing.
Airframe construction is all-metal, mainly aluminium alloy, with a semi-monocoque fuselage. The low mounted wings and single fin tail assembly are a cantilever elliptical shape. The Vb was the first production Spitfire to use clipped wingtips. The undercarriage is a retractable tailwheel type.
The Spitfire Mk V uses a single Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 liquid-cooled V-12 piston engine driving a three-bladed propeller. The Mk V had a top speed of 597 km/h (371 mph), a service ceiling of 10,668 m (35,000 ft) and a combat range of 400 km (248 mi).
Armament consisted of eight 0.303″ Browning machine guns (Mk. Va) or two 20 mm (0.79 in) Hispano II cannon and four 0.303″ Browning machine guns (Mk. Vb). The Mk. Vc had either eight machine guns or four cannon or two cannon and four machine guns. The Mk. Vb/c could carry two 250-pound bombs or one 500-pound bomb.