Hobby Master HA8315 1/48 Scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXc Diecast Model MJ586, LO-D, Plt Off Pierre Clostermann, No.602 Sqn, RAF
France, June/July 1944.
- Wingspan 23.4 cm 9.21 in Approx.
- Length 20.0 cm 7.84 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA8315 – 1/48 Scale Spitfire Mk.IXC Diecast Model.
Hobby Master 1/48 Scale Air Power Series.
Hobby Master HA8315 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXC. In the colour scheme of MJ586, LO-D, flown by Plt Off Pierre Clostermann. While posted to No.602 Sqn, RAF in France, during June-July 1944.
Pierre Henri Clostermann (1921–2006) was born in Curitiba, Brazil, to a French diplomatic family. Completed his secondary education in France and gained his pilot’s licence in 1937.
At the outbreak of war authorities refused his application to joint the French Air Force. Moved to Los Angeles, USA and became a commercial pilot. He joined the Free French Air Force in March 1942. Posted to No. 341 Squadron RAF in January 1943, as a sergeant pilot, flying the Supermarine Spitfire. Scored his first two victories on July 27, 1943, destroying two Focke-Wulf Fw 190s over France.
In October 1943, received a commission and assigned to No. 602 Squadron RAF. He flew a variety of missions including fighter sweeps and bomber escorts. Reassigned to French Air Force Headquarters. In December 1944 returned to the RAF as a flight lieutenant with No. 274 Squadron RAF. Flying the new Hawker Tempest Mk V, carried out fighter sweeps. Briefly served with No. 56 Squadron in March 1945 and then No. 3 Squadron. On March 24, 1945 wounded in the leg by German flak and hospitalized for a week. Returning on April 8 and commanded “A” Flight, No. 3 Squadron. Clostermann remained with No. 122 Wing RAF until leaving the military on July 27, 1945. he retired with the rank of Wing Commander and credited with 33 victories (19 solo, 14 shared) and five “probables”, eight more “damaged”. He also claimed 225 motor vehicles, 72 locomotives, five tanks, and two E-boats.
Clostermann wrote a successful book, The Big Show (Le Grand Cirque), on his experiences in the war. He also wrote Flames in the Sky (Feu du Ciel) (1957), a collection of air combat exploits from both the Allied and Axis. After the war, Clostermann continued his career as an engineer. Along with a successful political career, serving eight terms as Member of Parliament in the French National Assembly between 1946 and 1969. Re-enlisted in the Armée de l’Air from 1956–57, fly ground attack missions during the Algerian War. He wrote a novel based on his experiences there, entitled “Leo 25 Airborne”.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX.
Introduced in late 1941, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 proved superior to the RAF’s latest Spitfire the Mk Vb. Supermarine came under pressure to supply a new Spitfire to counter the Fw-190. Design had begun on the Mk.VII and VIII which were to use the new two-stage supercharged Merlin 61 engine. But with the start of production still a year away, the Air Ministry looked for a stop-gap measure. They decided to have the Mk.Vc air-frame modified to take the more powerful Merlin 61. Designated Spitfire Mk.IX. the first flight took place in April 1942. Even without the structural and aerodynamic improvements of the Mk VII and VIII, the Mk IX proved equal to the Fw 190. The most numerous variant of the Spitfire, it remained in service with the RAF until the end of WWII.
The Supermarine Spitfire is single seat fighter of all-metal, semi-monocoque construction. The wing and tail-plane are a cantilevered design. Early production used the ‘C’ wing and later the ‘E’ wing. The elevators and rudder are of a metal frame covered in fabric. The landing gear is retractable.
The three main variants were the standard F.IX (Merlin 61), low altitude LF (Merlin 66), high altitude HF (Merlin 70). Production of the Merlin 63 powered F Mk.IX ceased in the second half of 1943. Replaced by the Merlin 66 powered LF Mk.IX. This variant commenced operations in March 1943 and became the most numerous of the Spitfire IX variants. The HF Mk.IX, powered by the high altitude Merlin 70 entered service in the spring of 1944.
Very late production aircraft had the cut-down rear fuselage, bubble canopy and many with clipped wings. The majority of these served postwar with the South African Air Force (SAAF) in South Africa and Korea during the 1950s.
The PR Mk.IX had all armament removed and two vertical cameras installed in the rear fuselage. The longer flights of photo reconnaissance missions required a larger oil tank installed under the nose. The PR variant also used the wrap-around PR type windscreen and blue paint scheme.
The FR Mk.IX an armed Mk IXs with a single, port-facing, oblique camera. Used for low altitude missions in support of army operations. No.16 Squadron, used several FR Mk IXs painted a pale, “Camoutint” Pink. These provided excellent camouflage under cloud cover to photograph the Arnhem area before and during Operation Market Garden.
The Spitfire LF IX had a maximum speed of 650 km/h (404 mph) and a ceiling of 12,954 m (42,500 ft). A combat range of 698 km (434 mi) on internal fuel and ferry range of 1,577 km (980 mi).
The Spitfire Mk.IX armament consisted of two 20 mm Hispano II cannon and two 0.50 in Browning M2 machine guns in the wings. Up to two 110 kg (250 lb) bombs on under-wing racks plus one 230 kg (500 lb) bomb under fuselage center.
Hobby Master HA8315 – 1/48 Scale Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXC Diecast Model Aircraft. MJ586, LO-D, Plt Off Pierre Clostermann, No.602 Sqn, RAF, France, June/July 1944.