The Spitfire was Britain’s premier fighter aircraft during World War II. More than 20,000 of this aircraft were built for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and those of the Commonwealth and Allies. The Spitfire appeared just in time to take part in the Battle of Britain, where its reputation as a war-winning thoroughbred greatly eclipsed the RAF’s more numerous Hurricanes. By 1941 the Spitfire became the main fighter aircraft used for air-to-air combat, with the Hurricane being mainly relegated to the ground attack role.
The Spitfire was designed by RJ Mitchell, an engineer for the Supermarine Aviation, to be a high speed interceptor fighter. Its characteristically thin, elliptical shaped wings, mated to the incredibly powerful Rolls-Royce V-12 Merlin engine, gave it an air-speed advantage over most of its contemporaries.
Deficiencies, such as weak armament and performance of the Merlin engine during negative G turns, led to rapid development of improved Spitfire designs. By 1942 the negative G performance was resolved in the Spitfire Mk V. The “C” wing configuration housed four 20mm Hispano cannons, which greatly improved the Spitfire’s offensive punch. Brickmania’s Mk Vc Trop is based on this configuration, “Tropicalised” with desert camouflage and a larger air filter used in high-dust environments.
Spitifire Mk Vc vitals:
- Dimensions: Wingspan 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m), Length 29 ft 11 in (9.13 m), Height 11 ft 5 in (3.49 m)
- Weight: Empty 5100 lbs (2313 kg), Loaded 6745 lb (3078 kg), Max 7300 lb (3311 kg)
- Armament: 4 x 20mm Hispano Mk II cannon, 2 x 250 or 1 x 500 pound bombs
- Speed: 374 mph (601kmh)
- Range: 470 miles (756 km)
- Service Ceiling: 36,500 ft (11,125 m)
Additional information about this Brickmania custom Lego® kit:
The Spitfire Mk Vc Trop building kit includes:
- Authentic camouflage and coloring of RAF/RAAF/RCAF units based in the Mediterranean & North Africa
- Custom printed pilot minifigure
- Authentic roundels printed on premium vinyl sticker stock
- Retractable main landing gear and free-spinning prop and optional bomb
- 1/35 scale to match other Brickmania models
- Includes 473 genuine new-condition LEGO bricks, plus Brickmania & BrickArms elements
- Comes with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity
- Intermediate Skill Level (4-6 years experience with LEGO is recommended)
All Brickmania model kits are made of new-condition LEGO bricks, plus Brickmania and BrickArms elements. This model comes disassembled and includes printed building instructions and comes packaged in a sealed box. This is a limited edition kit and production may be discontinued at any time.