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Supermarine Spitfire MkV  Model World War Two Aircraft From Franklin Mint
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VA  Scale Model World War Two Aircraft
Part Number: B11B304
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Actual size is approximately 7 1/2" (19.1 cm) in length. Wingspan approximately 9 1/4" (23.5 cm). Scale 1:48

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VA  Scale Model Aircraft - Description
A replica of what was undeniably the hottest U.K.R.A.F. combat aircraft of WWII.
Hand-assembled die-cast metal in 1:48 scale.
Hand-painted with authentic colors and military markings of the "Southern Yorkshire" Spitfire.
Features re-creations of the Spitfire's two-speed Merlin engines, landing gear and double-glazed cockpit hood.
Propeller and wheels spin, ready for take-off.
Own a tribute to this shining "knight of the sky!"

The Supermarine Spitfire was one of the best fighter aircraft of its time. Unlike its counterpart, the Hawker Hurricane, it appeared to have immense room for future improvement. This would lead to 24 marks of Spitfire being produced throughout the Second World War in continuing efforts to keep up with the Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force requirements.
In total there were 24 marks of Spitfire and many sub-variants within each mark. This article presents a brief history of the Spitfire through all its variants. It should be noted that the numbering of the variants does not necessarily imply a chronological order; for example, the Mk. IX was a stop gap measure brought into production before the marks VII and VIII to address the urgent needs of the air force which could not wait for the more ambitious designs of the preceding marks. It is sometimes difficult to identify the variant of an individual Spitfire as many aircraft were built as one variant and later modified to be like another variant.
There is an apparent discrepancy in Spitfire numbering schemes in that sometimes Roman numerals are used and sometimes Arabic numerals are used. This is down to changes in RAF numbering schemes. Up until the end of 1942 the RAF would always use Roman numerals for mark numbers. From 1943 to 1948 was a transition period during which new aircraft entering service were given Arabic mark numbers but older aircraft retained their Roman numerals. From 1948 onwards Arabic numerals were used exclusively. This article adopts the convention of using Roman numerals for the marks I through XVI and Arabic numerals for the marks 17 through 24.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. V
The Mk.V variant would be the most numerous of the type. Over six thousand were built.
Late in 1940 the Mk. II started meeting a new German aircraft in combat. Essentially a cleaned up version of the Messerschmitt Bf 109E that Spitfires and Hurricanes had bested the year before in the Battle of Britain, the new 109F or Franz (Friedrich) model was superior to the Mk. II Spitfire in many respects. Not only was it able to outperform the Mk. II Spitfire in speed and rate of climb, it also was able to out-turn it above about 18,000ft – something previously unheard of.
At this point the Mk. IV was not going to be ready in time to counter the new Franz. Meanwhile the Griffon was running into very serious production problems and it wasn't clear if it would ever be ready. As an emergency stop-gap measure was needed as soon as possible: this was the Mk. V.
The Mk. V was nothing more than a Mk. II with the newer Merlin 45 series engine. This engine delivered slightly more takeoff power at 1,440 hp (1,074 kW), but greatly increased the power available at higher altitudes due to a new single-speed single-stage supercharger design. While it was no Mk. IV, the Mk. V was able to hold its own with the 109Fs it was meeting.
The Mk V also introduced metal ailerons rather than the previous fabric covered ailerons. These reduced the amount of force required by the pilot to hold the stick hard over and improved the manoeuvring of the aircraft. Because these were the same size and shape as the old ailerons these were retro fitted to a number of Mk II. Douglas Bader had his wings Mk II's fitted with these after contacting the factory directly and without an offical request to due. Since his airfield was so close the factory he simply arrange for the fighters to fly to the factories field and be refitted one at a time
Timing played an important part, as over the winter a serious problem in the tail structure of the Franz appeared, and all production was halted. The problem wasn't solved until the early spring, by which time the Mk. V had already started deliveries.
It would turn out that the problems with the Mk. IV's Griffon engine were as bad as some suspected, and it would be another two years before versions with that engine would enter service.
About 250 Mk.VCs were shipped to Australia for interception duties against Japanese air raids, by No. 1 Wing Royal Australian Air Force, which was based in Darwin from early 1943 onwards. The Mk.VCs received by the RAAF proved unreliable and — initially at least — had a relatively high loss rate. This was due to several factors, including pilot inexperience, engine overspeed due to the loss of oil from the propellor speed reduction unit (a problem resolved bythe use of a heavier grade of oil),[1] and the practice of draining glycol coolant before shipment, resulting in internal corrosion.
In total, 94 Mk. VAs (eight-gun), 3,923 Mk. VBs (cannon) and 2,447 Mk.VCs were built.