Hobby Master Supermarine Spitfire F XIV No 349 Squdron Belgian Air Force 1944 1/48 scale, diecast metal and plastic parts. Fully assembled. HA7113
Spitfire Mk XIV was the most important Griffon-engined Spitfire. It was powered by a 2,035hp Griffon 65 engine based on the Mk. VIII fuselage. Given its superior performance, the Mk.XIVs were used extensively to intercept the high speed V-1 flying bombs from Germany. In the European continent the aircraft was mainly used as armed reconnaissance searching for enemy targets.
Probably one of the best-known fighters of WWII the Spitfire had a big psychological effect at home and in Germany. With its great performance the British were given hope of surviving the Battle of Britain and the German pilots learned to respect its fighting capabilities. It wasn't the workhorse the Hurricane was but the great handling capabilities along with its great looks made the Spitfire a WWII icon. The plane was also used very successfully in a reconnaissance role and was the only Allied fighter in production for the entire WWII years.
Spitfire F.XIV c/n 6S/64170 MV246 was delivered to No. 9 Maintenance Unit on November 29, 1944 but never saw combat. On September 1, 1948 it was sold to the Belgian Air Force and assigned to the 349th Squadron coded GE-R. On October 11, 1948 the aircraft was badly damaged from a belly-landing and placed in storage until February 25, 1951 when it became the property of the Musee Royale de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire. Restoration began in 1977 using parts from several aircraft and was completed in 1996.