17 - Spitfire Mk.XIV

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV

by Bjørn Jacobsen

Specification for

Spitfire Mk.XIV

 

Crew: one pilot

 

Powerplant:

1 × Rolls-Royce Griffon 65, supercharged V12 engine,

5-bladed Jablo-Rotol propeller, 2,050 hp (1,528 kW) at 8,000 ft (2,438 m)

 

Performance:

Maximum speed: 717 km/h (448 mph)

 

Combat radius:

740 km (459 mph)

 

Ferry range:

1,815 km (1,090 mi)

 

Service ceiling:

13,258m (43,500ft)

 

Weights:

Empty: 6,578 lb (2,984 kg)

 

Max. takeoff weight:

8,488 lb (3,850 kg)

 

Dimensions:

Length:30 ft (9.14m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)

Height: 10 ft (3.05 m)

Armament:

2 × 20 mm (0.787-in) Hispano Mk II cannons. 4 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, Replaced by 2 x .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns on Mk XIVE.

Bombs: 2 × 250 lb (113 kg)

 

Supermarine Spifire Mk.XIV entered operation in January 1944 and was equipped with the new 2.050Hp Rolls-Royce Griffin engine (instead of the usual Merlin engine).

 

The front is therefore somewhat different and

longer than the Merlin versions.

 

This new engine gave the XIV a top speed of

718km/h making it one of the fastest piston

engine fighters of the WWII

 

Many believe that this version of the Spitfire

was the most beautiful model in the large

Spitfire series.

 

Even with clipped wing tips, as in this model,

the Mk.XIV is a potent pleasure to see.

The clipped wings were for better operations at lower altitudes.

 

The model has an E-wing configuration with 2x20mm cannons and 2x12,7mm machine guns (other configurations could have 2x20mm and 4x12.7mm)

 

1:48 from Academy painted with Vallejo acryl.

 

A restored Spitfire Mk.XIV

 

An artist’s expression of one of the pictures above

I hope you enjoyed this website! Thank you for visiting!

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions (bjorn@dioramas-and-models.com)

Bjørn Jacobsen

2013

This model will be on display at

the new WWII hanger at