1/32 Kotare Spitfire Mk.Ia (Mid) - K32001

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Kotare 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia (Mid), Aircraft Model Kit

From the people that worked at Wingnut Wings, comes the first model from Kotare!

High quality injection molded plastic scale model kitset requiring assembly and paint - 117 high-quality injection molded plastic parts - 35cm wingspan - Optional DeHavilland and Rotol propellers - Optional TR.9D and TR.1133 wireless controllers and aerials - Optional pilot’s seats with and without Sutton Type K harness detail - Optional open and closed cockpit doors - Optional open and closed canopy & hood - 28 page fully illustrated instruction manual - Hand pump undercarriage retraction and wheel well jack detail - Wheels with weighted tyres featuring correct alignment - High quality Cartograf decals with 3 mid-production Spitfire Mk.Ia color schemes.

The legendary Supermarine Type 300 “Spitfire” is undoubtedly one of the most famous, and perhaps the most beautiful, aircraft of all time. Designed from 1934 under the guidance of Supermarine Aviation Works’ chief designer Reginald Mitchell, Joseph Smith and “Alf” Faddy, the 990hp Rolls-Royce Merlin “C” powered prototype first flew on 5 March 1936. It was immediately obvious that it was something very special and an initial production order was placed in early June 1936 for 310 aircraft. Numerous delays at Supermarine and many of the approximately 150 sub-contractors ensured that the first production Spitfire was not completed until mid-May 1938 and the final aircraft from the order was only delivered in September 1939.

Early production Spitfire Mk.I in the K9### & L10## serial number range (completed between May 1938 and September 1939), were initially powered by a 1030hp Rolls-Royce Merlin II engine and featured a 2-blade fixed pitch propeller, 8 Browning .303” machine guns, triple ejector nozzle outlet exhaust manifolds, a tall un-tapered aerial mast and a rear fuselage adorned with raised rivets for ease of construction. The main planes and front of the fuselage were flush riveted and puttied and sanded smooth for improved performance. Numerous improvements were introduced throughout production, most of which were eventually retrofitted to earlier aircraft which included gun heating, Rolls-Royce Merlin III engine, 3-blade dual-pitch DeHavilland propeller, exhaust manifolds of simplified construction, a taller canopy hood for improved visibility, armored windscreen glass and protective plating over the upper fuel tank which necessitated shortening the engine cowlings slightly.

Mid production Mk.Ia in the N3### & P9### serial number range (completed between September 1939 and April 1940), saw the introduction of an improved lever-operated “dual position” cockpit door catch, reflector gun sight, tapered aerial post, voltage regulator positioned behind the pilot’s headrest and a constant speed DeHavilland propeller. Selected aircraft received a constant speed Rotol RX5/1 propeller and the temporary installation of the TR.1133 VHF radio, which did not require an external aerial wire.

 This kit features a parts breakdown designed to ensure easy assembly for beginner as well as a high level of detail along with unparalleled accuracy to appeal to experienced modelers and aviation enthusiasts alike.
• The 1st all new injection molded 1/32 Battle of Britain era Spitfire Mk.Ia since 1967.
 117 high-quality injection molded plastic parts. 35cm wingspan.
• Numerous optional parts including propellers and open and closed cockpit doors and canopies. Accurate shapes.
• 28 page fully illustrated instruction manual.
• High-quality Cartograph decals with exhaustively researched markings for 3 mid-production aircraft.

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