|KIT #:||4007 or 02046|
|NOTES:||Easy conversion of a little known variant.|
In 1941, in answer to a perceived threat of high flying Luftwaffe bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, the RAF ordered the development of a Spitfire variant designed to reach extremely high altitudes. While modified Spitfire Mk. V’s were able to destroy a few Junkers JU-86P’s in the Middle East, the Spitfire Mk. VI was seen as the solution to the problem in the UK. Taking a standard Spitfire VB as a basis, the prototype had a high-altitude rated Merlin 45 of 1,415 hp., a four bladed prop, extended wingtips, and a pressurized cabin. Approximately 100 Mk. VI’s were produced during 1942 and 1943.
VI’s service career was brief, as the pressure cabin was a problem, since pilots
didn’t like the idea of having the canopy screwed down tight, making bailing out
difficult. The plane didn’t perform
quite up to expectations, and it was eventually replaced by the “built for the
the most involved part of the conversion was the creation of the “pointy”
wingtips common to the Mk. VI and Mk.
This wasn’t a difficult task, but it did require some careful trimming to get the tips to look right.
I used a four bladed prop from my spares box, and again, I don’t know the original source. I probably left off a couple of minor details, but overall, the airplane looks like a MK. VI, and I think that is the point. Other than those factors, the kit went together like a standard Spitfire kit, and this would be a good model for anyone who hasn’t done conversions but who wants to start doing this kind of modeling.
This conversion will require the following changes:
1. Replace kit prop with four bladed version and new spinner. (The prop from a Hasegawa Mitsubishi J2M3 Jack is what I used.)
2. Cut off wingtips. Make new ones. Harleyford book has a good three view in 1/72 scale,
3. Remove canopy slide tracks and side cabin door.
4. Add a slightly longer scoop under the belly.
5. Retain tailwheel and exhaust stacks, as these were Mk. V type.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
the airplane as shown in the Harleyford reference, which is shown in a
black and white tone three view drawing in the book.
The plane is in standard 1943 colors, Dark Green and
No information on where the decals came from was supplied, but I have
to assume this one is a combination of kit and perhaps aftermarket sheets for
the various codes and/or serials. Ed.
No information on where the decals came from was supplied, but I have to assume this one is a combination of kit and perhaps aftermarket sheets for the various codes and/or serials. Ed.
Try doing this one. It’ll be fun, and you’ll have something different.
VI is covered in most Spitfire histories, including Harleyford’s “Spitfire-the
Story of a Famous Fighter” by Bruce Robertson; William Green”s “Fighters Vol.
2”; and Peter Moss’s “Supermarine Spitfire”, a Dulcimus publication. There is a
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