One of the most influential fighters of World War II, the Supermarine Spitfire was — along with the Hawker Hurricane — the hero of the Battle of Britain. As the war progressed, it saw service in nearly every theater with multiple versatile variants produced, including the FR IX: a standard Mk. IX Spitfire outfitted with a single oblique camera. Fifteen of these FR IXs, serving with the RAF No. 16 Squadron, were painted in "camotint pink" for sunrise or sunset cover during Operation Market Garden in September of 1944.
This 1/48 scale, die cast model — a Hobby Master replica of the "X," a Spitfire painted in its pale pink paint scheme as it appeared during the September '44 mission — features engraved panel lines, a sliding canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, a removable hand-painted pilot figure, a rotating propeller, optional-position landing gear, authentic RAF markings, and a metal display stand. Measures approximately 7¾" long with a 9¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA8314