General Background
The Spitfire Mk. VIII was to going to use the larger Merlin engines so the airframe of the earlier Mk. V had to be redesigned. This kept the new mark from entering service until June 1943. The Mk. VIII was produced in 3 versions; the standard fighter F.VIII with the 1,560 hp Merlin 61; the high altitude fighter HF.VIII with the 1,655hp Merlin 70 and the low altitude fighter LF.VIII with the 1,705 hp Merlin 66. The Mk. VIII was going to be the answer to the Fw-190.

The Aircraft
Flt. Lt. Norm Smithell was known by two names, Smithell and Turnbull. His stepfather was Turnbull so he took the name Turnbull. The 79th Squadron of the RAAF had been flying the Spitfire for a few years and in February 1945 was based out of Morotai. In September 1945 Smithell had the Disney character Dumbo painted in bright pink on a white cloud above the port wing. Under Dumbo were the words “Hava Go Jo” referring to the Japanese Commander Tojo as a taunt to Japanese gunners.

Specifications :
Total Produced : 1,658
Dimensions :  
Wingspan : 36 ft 10in (11.23 m)
Length With Enlarged Rudder : 31 ft 6 in (9.58 m)
Height : 12 ft 8 in (3.86 m)
Weight :  
Empty : 5,190 lb (2,354 kg)
Loaded : 7,990 lb (3,624 kg)
Performance :  
Engine: 1 X Rolls-Royce Merlin 66, 1,720 hp (1,283 kW) @ 5,750 ft (1,752 m)
Maximum Speed : 404 mph (650 km/h) @ 21,000 ft (6,401 m)
Rate of Climb 4,660 ft/min (23.7 m/sec) @ sea level
Service Ceiling: 41,500 ft (12,649 m)
Combat Range:  
Internal Fuel Only: 680 miles (1,094 km)
Internal Fuel + 90 Imp. Gallon Drop Tank: 1,180 miles (1,899 km)
Ferry Range: 1,530 miles (2,462 km) with a 170 Imp. Gallon Drop Tank
Armament: 2 X 20 mm Hispano II cannons with 120 rpg
  4 X 303 Browning machine guns with 350 rpg
  2 X 250 lb (110 kg) Bombs + 1 X 500 lb (230 kg) Bomb

(HA8318)

SKU HA8318
Barcode # 4895173411250
Brand Hobby Master
Scale 1/48
Material Diecast

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