The F22 Spitfire was about as sophisticated as the post-war Spitfires were to get. It differed from the final variant, the Mk22, in only minor respects, but used the same massive Griffon engine delivering well over 2,200hp and which dictated the enlarged tail control surfaces introduced with the Mk 21. The redesigned wing was a distinctive feature of the type which performed well until eventually being outclassed by the first jet fighters.
With its extended fuselage holding a life-raft at the end, tropical filter to help cooling the engine, and bomb racks added to the underside, the E version in this kit served throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa from 1941.
The Heinkel He-111 was the mainstay of the German offensive against Great Britain during the Battle of Britain. It was produced in far larger quantities than the Do-17 series and remained in service throughout the war. The Heinkel He-111 was first displayed in January 1936, not as a bomber, but in the guise of a civil airliner. In 1937 the civil disguise of the He-111 was abandoned; He-111 B-1s were sent to the Condor Legion fighting in the Spanish Civil war. The success of the He-111 in Spain played a large part in shaping German bombing policy, which later proved wrong when the lightly armed bombers suffered heavy losses over Britain when opposed by modern and determined fighters. The He-111 H-series was by far the most important variant of the bomber, the H-20 being the first to carry a dorsal gun turret and improved armament together with a redesigned nose and more powerful engines.
The de Havilland DH.88 Comet was a twin-engined British aircraft that won the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race. It set many aviation records during the race and afterwards as a pioneer mail plane. G-ACSR came 4th in the race and the pilots Cathcart Jones and Waller went on to record a return time of 13½ days set a new record.
Delivery of 0/400 variant began in early 1918, and of the 549 built, over 400 had been delivered to the newly formed Royal Air Force before the November 1918 Armistice, serving with seven squadrons as the standard British heavy bomber. On the night of 14-15 September 1918, forty 0/400s attacked targets in the Saar region of Germany. It could carry the 748kg (1,650lb) bomb, the heaviest used by British services during the First World War. Scale – 1:72
In 1948, the designation P-51 (P for pursuit) was changed to F-51 (F for fighter). At the start of the Korean War the Mustang once again proved its usefulness. With the availability of F-51Ds a substantial number were shipped via aircraft carriers to the combat zone for use initially by both the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and USAAF. Rather than employing them as interceptors or pure fighters, the F-51 became a ground attack aircraft, fitted with rockets and bombs.
With the Luftwaffe committed to the North African campaign in 1941/42, tropicalized versions of the reconnaisance Bf 109E-4, -5, and bomb carrying -7 were introduced, with the suffix /Trop. These modifications for desert warfare included filters over the air intakes and a desert survival kit.
By 1939 the Fleet Air Arm had 13 squadrons equipped with the Swordfish Mark I. There were also three flights of Swordfish equipped with floats, for use off aircraft catapult-equipped warships. One operating from HMS Warspite during the Second Battle of Narvik in 1940, subsequently sank the U-boat U-64.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries through the Second World War. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only Allied fighter in production throughout the war.
Following the experiences of the E-4, the E-7 was the next major production variant, entering service and seeing combat at the end of August 1940. One of the limitations of the earlier Bf109E interceptor fighter was the short range of 660km (410 miles). The E-7 rectified this problem as it was the first to carry a drop tank.