Spitfire MkI - Pre-WWII. 19 Squadron, RAF
19 Squadron was the first flying squadron of the RAF to receive the Spitfire MkI in August 1938. The squadron history is an interesting one, going back as far as September 1915, during which time it saw serive in WWI, right across Europe. Following the end of the Great War, the Squadron was disbanded but reformed in 1924 at Duxford. Here it remained during the inter-war years, flying a variety of bi-plane fighters until the arrival of their Spitfires.
Our Oxford 1:72 scale example is typical of the pre-war delivery of Spitfires to No 19 Squadron. Decorated in the brown and green camouflage shceme, with silver (aluminum) underside, its number K9694 features on the sides and underbelly. The two-blade propeller has the detailed yellow tips and the exhausts pipes in front of the cockpit have been given an authentic rust brown finish. The rudder carries the No 19 on both sides and the RAF roundel in red, white and blue is printed on the underside. Note especially the extra band of yellow in the roundel on the top of the wings, which is totally accurate for this particular pre-war plane. This was to identify it more clearly against the camouflage colour scheme but once WWII broke out, it was gradually phased out because it became too conspicious, particularly in the face of the enemy.
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