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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC086
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I Diecast Model
Luftwaffe Rosarius Circus, N3277, Germany, 1940, Captured Aircraft

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I   5"   6.25"

During the Second World War, both the Allied and Axis air forces had huge interest in the aircraft operated by their adversaries. Downed enemy aircraft that could be repaired and returned to the air, then evaluated against their own aircraft, were highly prized by both sides. In Germany, the Luftwaffe high command had a dedicated trials and research unit (Versuchsverband), which was formed to assess and demonstrate the capabilities of captured Allied aircraft. Aircrafts operated by the unit included P-51 Mustangs, a P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolts, Spitfires, Mosquitos, and a Hawker Typhoon. These machines were extremely distinctive - they had to clearly display their new ownership to other German Units!

The unit was under the command of Theodor "Ted" Rosarius, who was charged with establishing his Enemy Aircraft Evaluation Flight in 1934. These fabulously presented and highly prized aircraft toured front line Luftwaffe fighter stations, allowing pilots an opportunity to see their adversaries close up, and to discuss the flight characteristics with their comrades. Known affectionately as the "Wanderzirkus Rosarius", a vist from the zirkus and its latest acquisition was cause for great excitement!

Supermarine Spitfire Mk I

Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force's major actions.

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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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