Reginald J Mitchell developed a racing seaplane, the Supermarine S6B, which won the Schneider Trophy on 13th September, 1931. During the contest the airplane reached 340 mph (547 km/h).
In 1934 the Air Ministry announced that it was looking for a new fighter plane. Mitchell, whose company was now part of Vickers Aviation, decided to adapt his Supermarine seaplane, in an attempt to meet the requirements of the Royal Air Force.
The new all-metal single-seater fighter plane, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I, had several technical features of the earlier racing seaplane. It had the same structure and aerodynamic lines. However, it had a new engine, the 1,030 hp Rolls Royce Merlin II and carried 8 machine-guns.
The first Spitfire prototype appeared on 5th March, 1936 and flew at 350 mph (563 km/h) and could ascend at approximately 2,500 ft (762 m) per minute. With its slender aerodynmamic lines and elliptical-plan wings, it was claimed at the time, to be the smallest and cleanest aircraft that could be constructed around a man and an engine.
From the Heritage Stitchcraft Classic Aeroplane range, this kit is an attractive representation, with the markings and badge of the Royal Air Force.
The kit contains 27 count Zweigart Linda fabric, charts and instructions, needle and DMC stranded cottons on numbered cards.
Nominal size: approx. 25 cm (W) X 18 cm (H) (10 X 7 in)
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