In the early months of 1942, with the clear superiority of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 over the Spitfire VB, there was much pressure to get Spitfires into production using the new two-stage supercharged Merlin 61 engine. In September 1941 the Spitfire Mk III prototype N3297 had been converted by Rolls-Royce at their Hucknall plant to take a Merlin 60, which had been specifically designed for use in the Wellington Mk VI high altitude bomber.
The performance increase was described by Jeffrey Quill as a "quantum leap" over that of the Mk VB and another Spitfire airframe.
This conversion kit features highly detailed resin parts, basic interior, PE, and decals/masks for three versions.
- PL258 FN-K: Changed from “F” to “K” in Nov. 1944. Emergency landed i a field in Holland 29. Dec. 1944 with pilot Carl Jacob Stousland. Being restored to flying condition by the Norwegian Spitfire Foundation
- PL258 FN-F: Delivered Norwegian 331 sq. July 1944. Shot down a FW190 6. Aug 1944 with pilot Eivind Tjensvoll. And a FW190D 29. Dec 1944 with pilot Carl Jacob Stousland.
- PV181 RAB: Personal aircraft of Wing Co Rolf Arne Berg 132 (Norwegian Wing) Carried these mix of pre war Norwegian and RAF markings as a test following the the establishment of the Royal Norwegian Airforce in 1944.
The conversion kit is tailored to the Airfix 1/24 Scale Spitfire Mk VI, but may also be used on Trumpeter kits with some adjustments.