The Supermarine Seafire naval fighter aircraft came into existence during the Second World War as a stopgap measure based on a standard Spitfire Mk.V airframe adapted by adding naval equipment. Three versions were powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Mk.I to Mk.III, followed later by Griffon-equipped Seafires Mks.15, 17, 45, 46 and 47. The Mk.III was the first to be fitted with a folding wing. A low-altitude tuned Merlin 45 engine made it much faster at sea level than the then current land-based Griffon-engined Spitfire Mk.XII. During its service on aircraft carriers, the Seafire’s delicate and fragile undercarriage was a drawback, but once aloft, the fighter became a formidable enemy.
This kit gives you the chance to build one of three Seafires that operated from aircraft carriers in the Pacific, one of which was flown by Sub/Lt. R. H. Reynolds, a pilot with the highest score achieved in a Seafire. The other machine took part of the very last combat of the Second World War that British naval fighter pilots fought in. On the morning of 15 August 15 1945 Sub/Lt. G. J. Murphy shot down two Zero fighters in this engagement.