Friday, April 14

Kotare's 2nd release - the 1/32nd scale Spitfire Mk.Ia of Brian Lane on pre-order...

Kotare have just announced a new boxing of their 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia kit is due for release. This one, called  Spitfire Mk.Ia “Brian Lane” is now available to pre-order on their website, and with some special pre-order bonuses for those who get in early. We look at them in our preview...

Kotare's 1/32nd scale Spitfire Mk.Ia (Late) released...

Preview: Spitfire Mk.Ia “Brian Lane”
Kit No #K32601
1/32nd scale
Price: $109USD
Deliveries start: Early-mid March 2023
Subject: The spitfire of Brian John Edward "Sandy" Lane DFC.
Squadron Leader B J E "Sandy" Lane, Officer Commanding No. 19 Squadron RAF,  joined the RAF in 1936 and flew with Nos. 66 and 213 Squadrons RAF before the outbreak of the Second World War. He joined 19 Squadron as a flight commander in 1939 and became temporary commanding officer when the existing CO was killed over Dunkirk on 25 May 1940. 

Squadron Leader B J E "Sandy" Lane, Officer Commanding No. 19 Squadron RAF, standing in front of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark I at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
He fought through the Battle of Britain and was formally appointed as the Squadron Commander after the demise of the next CO on 5 September 1940. Between November 1941 and February 1942 Lane served on staff appointments in the Middle East, before returning to the United Kingdom to command No. 61 Operational Training Unit. In December 1942 he was given the command of No. 167 Squadron RAF but was killed four days after his arrival during combat over the Dutch coast with Focke Wulf Fw 190s of 6/JG1

Brian Lane is pictured above, in the middle, immediately after a Battle of Britain sortie in September 1940. The strain and exhaustion on his face belie his young age and make this one of the best known and most powerful images to come out of the Battle of Britain.
Lane's Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia P9368 'QV-K' of No. 19 Squadron being rearmed between sorties at Fowlmere, September 1940.

The Kit: K32601 Kotare 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia “Brian Lane” 
Due for release in May-early June 2023, the kit is now on pre-order with two pre-order only bonuses if purchased before release. The kit has many features that most would know from the first release. They include:
- Plastic injection moulded sprues with 117 high-quality injection moulded plastic parts.
- 4 high-quality resin parts for making one 1/32nd scale (54mm) Brian Lane pilot figure.
- Optional pilot’s seats with and without Sutton Type K harness detail.
- Optional open and closed cockpit doors.
- Optional open and closed canopy & hood.
- 24 page fully illustrated instruction manual.
- Hand pump undercarriage retraction and wheel well jack detail.
- Wheels with weighted tyres featuring a correct alignment system.
- Parachute flare tubes.
- High quality Cartograf decals for mid-production 19 Squadron Spitfire Mk.Ia P9386 QV-K flown by Brian Lane, WJ Lawson, W Cunningham, AG Blake and FN Brinsden in September 1940
Exclusive pre-order items:
All pre-orders for K32601 Kotare 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia “Brian Lane” placed through the Kotare website ( are entitled to two bonus pre-order items (while stocks last of course). 
-Exclusive Ronny Bar profile art print 
will receive a beautiful 37.5cm x 25cm free Ronny Bar profile art print suitable for framing. 
-3-D printed exhausts
Also included will be 32P001 Kotare 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia (Mid/Late) 3-D printed exhausts. 
Kotare's new 1/32 Spitfire Mk.Ia “Brian Lane” kit is now available to pre-order from their website, with shipping in late May-early June 2023. A Pre-order deposit payment in full with 100% refund is available on request, up to the actual shipping date. The kit's price is US$109 plus p&p.

The kit is now available to pre-order from Kotare's website for a Mid March delivery. Check out their website for more information...