Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VB


Wingspan:  18" (460mm)



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The Spitfire was designed by Reginald Mitchell of The Supermarine Aviation Works and is arguably the most elegant but deadly aircraft of World War 2.

The beautiful fuselage curves, the distinctive elliptical wings, plus its legendary service in action, make it one of the most recognisable and loved aircraft in the world.

The prototype first flew from Eastleigh Aerodrome, near Southampton, England in March 1936. The Spitfire was an advanced aircraft when first designed and unlike its similarly Merlin-engined stablemate the Hawker Hurricane, used new complicated monocoque construction techniques. As a result of these complexities and production difficulties at Supermarine, the move from prototype to full production was slow and problematic. However, once this was overcome, the Spitfire was produced in huge numbers.

This is in part due to the moreadvanced initial design, which was able to be constantly developed and improved to increase performance, ironically the very thing that hindered it in the early days. Production only ceased in 1948, making it the only allied aircraft to be manufactured for the entirety of the war.


This kit is designed for you to build a traditionally constructed, rubber powered, free flight model of a Spitfire.

The kit includes the materials (other than paints) to complete a spitfire with plain white covering, so you can decide to do your own favourite scheme.

Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.

Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".

This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.

Typically for a small model and in the spirit of the traditional kits, profiles are simplified and adjusted from the original and a relatively large propeller is used. This is done so that the model is light and stable enough to fly on its own, is simple in construction and can work with the rubber motor.

These adjustments have been done with care and sensitivity so that the shape and spirit of the original aircraft is preserved as much as possible.

Also in the spirit of the traditional kits, additional items required to build the model are things that can be found in the kitchen drawer or are easily available on the high street.


Three balsa sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
PVA glue for building the wooden frames.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
Three low friction plastic ënoseí bushings - one for the propeller and two for the undercarriage wheels.
One vacuum formed canopy and spinner.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel legs.
One motor peg (cocktail stick or toothpick).
Rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Parts reference sheet (W), full size summary plan sheet (X), scheme diagram sheet (Y) and scheme markings (Z) printed on lightweight paper.


How to assemble the prop and spinner



Click the link below to download a pdf version of the markings sheet included in the Spitfire kit.

The markings sheet should fit onto a single A4 page and may be printed onto your own paper or decal transfer sheet.

Download the markings sheet here:



Click the link below to download a pdf version of the patterns for acetate and paper/card parts originally drawn on the plan.

This will save you from having to cut into your beautiful plan!

Download the patterns sheet


Built, filmed, edited and produced by the amazing Rob Brennan

Please note the video build is for a Nightfighter not the White Spitfire  . The build is identical, with the only changes being the colour of the tissue and the markings.



The illustrated instructions below are available for you to view, download or print out for free.

They do not replace the instruction book but can be used alongside it.

We hope you find them useful!


The Centre Section [Download]

The Main Wing Panels [Download]

Completing the Wings [Download]

The Tail Plane (Stabiliser) [Download]

The Fin & Rudder [Download]

The Fuselage [Download]

The Nose Block [Download]

Finishing the Fuselage [Download]

The Wheels, Undercarriage & Spinner [Download]

Radiator, Oil Cooler, Exhausts, Air Inlet & Fillet Pieces [Download]


The Fin, Rudder & Tail Plane [Download]

The Wings [Download]

The Fuselage [Download]

















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If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with your purchase you can return it within 14 days for a full no quibble refund. 

Please Note : Most of our kits are made to order, this means it can sometimes take up to 14 days before they are despatched. If you need your kit quicker than that, e.g. as a birthday present, please drop us an email at and we will do our absolute best to accommodate you.





Average Rating (3 Reviews):  
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Great Fun!!
Tuesday, 26 March 2019  | 

After a brief break of about 40 years I had the taste for blood... I started with your Supermarine Spitfire MK.VB . Wow, what a great kit. Things have come a long way since the printed balsa sheets.

The balsa was perfectly cut and very easy to to release each piece. Also simple to find each part with the help of the drawings. The instructions were very detailed and easy to follow.

The best part was the covering. The day that I was due to start covering the skeleton I received a big delivery box from Zara the clothes company. I had ordered a Pea Coat (like a donkey Jacket) and it was from their Army Surplus range. Why am I telling you this? Well, the coat arrived wrapped in a camouflage tissue paper and after a quick test, I used the tissue to cover the plane. The result is absolutely stunning!.

Too scared to fly the thing as I don't want it to crash. Anyway, the best part is the making.

Just ordered the Sopwith Triplane and some olive green tissue. I'm sitting by the letter box with anticipation.

Thanks for such a superb range at very reasonable prices.


Thanks Greville
Can't wait to see the pictures of your Spitfire!

Super kit, a pleasure to build
Friday, 2 June 2017  | 

Really enjoyed building this. Very well thought-through design, kit wood excellent, laser-cutting spot on, etc.

Although not really a beginner's kit in my opinion (there are inherent constructional complexities in such an accurate model of an interceptor fighter of the 40's, neither is such a subject going to be as easy to trim for flight as a high-wing civilian monoplane), but an engaging build for someone with with a couple of beginner's models under their belt.

I built mine slowly and carefully, and as light as possible, with the aim of achieving as realistic as possible indoor flights in gentle circles from takeoff to landing. If built 'wheels up' (ie without the undercarriage) this would also make a lovely outdoor model for days with little wind!

Build light (the structure itself is easily strong enough), give it 3-4 degrees of right-thrust as well as the built-in down-thrust, add a good amount of nose-weight to ensure the model isn't in the slightest tail-heavy, and have huge fun!


Thanks so much for your kind words Jonathan and the excellent tips for trimming the Spitfire (and the other low wing fighters in the range).

Great model
Monday, 17 April 2017  | 

Bought this after building a Sopwith triplane. It's much trickier but produces a fantastic model. I like the details (roundels, exhausts etc) and it is really well designed. I struggled with the spinner and have decided that me and superglue don't get on! Instead of following the plan and covering the front fuselage with printer paper, I copied the picture in the instruction booklet (also brilliant) and stuck with tissue. Also added 20mm cannon (cotton bud stick/laminated balsa) cos I wanted to. The wife wants me to build something else - apparently it keeps out of her way! Thanks


Thanks for great review and we're glad you enjoyed the build.
Maybe try a Corsair next?

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