Revell WWI Fighter SPAD XIII 1:28 Scale Plastic Model Plane Kit

Revell WWI Fighter SPAD XIII 1:28 Scale Plastic Model Plane Kit (04730)
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  • Scale: 1:28
  • Wingspan: 232mm
  • Length: 298mm
  • Number of parts: 80
  • Skill level: 3

Technical Data:
Crew: 1; Length: 6,25 m (20 ft 6ins); Height: 2,60 m (8 ft 6ins);
Wingspan: 8,08 m (26 ft 6ins); Total wing area: 20,2 qm (217 sq. ft);
Engine: V-8 Inline Hispano-Suiza-8Be; Cubic capacity: 11,8 l;
Power rating: 162 kW (220 Bhp) at 2.300 rpm;
Propeller: 2-blade wooden propeller;
Maximum speed: 218 km/h (135 mph) at 2.000 m (6000 ft) altitude
Empty weight: 601 kg (1325 lbs); Maximum take-off weight: 865 kg (1907 lbs);
Endurance: 2 hrs; Maximum range: 500 km (310 miles); Rate of climb: 6 m/s (1180 ft/min);Service ceiling: 6.650 m (13000 ft); Armament: 2 Vickers MG (calibre 7,65 mm - .303 inch)

The SPAD XIII is one of the Allies most successful fighter aircraft of the First World War. After faults were eliminated in the Spring of 1918 this sturdily built aircraft possessed very good drive characteristics and was fast and agile at altitudes above 1000 metres (3000ft). The SPAD XIII was powered by the new Hispano Suiza engine, a water-cooled in-line engine developing 220 bhp and was able to reach 2000 metres (6000 feet) in 5 1/2 minutes. Its armament consisted of 2 Vickers MG

Nine French factories produced around 7300 of these aircraft. In total 80 French fighter squadrons and 15 Squdrons of the US Air Force equipped with the SPAD XIII stood opposite the German Airforce at the end of the war.

In service since the summer of 1916 the French SPAD VII - armed with a single machine gun - was at the latest by the spring of 1917 out-gunned by the German single seat fighters fitted with twin machine guns. SPAD chief engineer Louis Bechereau who had since 1909 successfully developed racing airplanes for the former company owner Louis Deperdussin, constructed the prototype SPAD XIII to fit the 50 hp stronger 200 hp Hispano-Suiza 8B engine and carry two Vickers .303 MG with an 800 round supply of ammunition. The new aircraft's fire-power was increased enormously with this modification although the aircraft had become bigger and 200 kg (440 lbs) heavier. The maiden flight took place on 4 April 1917. Although the test flights indicated an improved flight performance, they also however confirmed a certain sluggishness near the ground and some problems with the armament, engine, engine-cooling, and insufficient field of view for the pilot. Concurrent to the ongoing production of the new SPAD XIII C1, development of the new aircraft with many changes to almost all
of the components was extended until the end of 1917. By the start of August only 23 aircraft had been delivered. In December 1917 the French units had 131 of the new bi-planes but constantly reported problems with the reduction gearing between the engine and the propeller, which tended to break away from the engine block complete with propeller. The British Royal Flying Corps received their first aircraft in November 1917. Only No 23 Sqn RFC was equipped with 57 of these machines. Due to the small numbers delivered the RFC soon decided to acquire other fighters. On 1st April 1918, total production amounted to 764 aircraft. After the faults were eliminated this sturdily built aircraft possessed very good dive characteristics and was fast and agile at altitudes above 1000 meters (3000 ft). By the end of the war S.P.A.D. and a further eight licensed company's had produced a total of 7,300 aircraft. At this time 80 French Fighter Squadrons were equipped with this type. From March 1918 the French aviation industry delivered a total of 893 of these aircraft to fighter units of the United States fighting in France.15 Aero Squadrons of USAS flew the type of aircraft and Italy and Belgium also received some of these machines. Capt Robert Soubiran, Commander of the US 103rd Aero Squadron, 3rd Pursuit Group, flew the SPAD XIII until the war ended. Only in 1923 did the French Air Force relinquish use of its last aircraft. After the war, the SPAD XIII' were still used in the Air Forces of the United States, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Siam, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Greece, and Japan.

Revell WWI Fighter SPAD XIII 1:28 Scale Plastic Model Plane Kit
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