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Retro 51 Tornado IWM Collection Rollerball Pen in Spitfire N3200

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Retro 51 Tornado IWM Collection Rollerball Pen in Spitfire N3200

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Product Description

The first in the IWM Collection is the Spitfire N3200 Tornado™ Rollerball. Built in 1939, this Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1a was issued to No. 19 Squadron at RAF Duxford in April 1940. During the Dunkirk emergency evacuation, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson piloted Spitfire N3200 on its first and only mission during ‘Operation Dynamo,’ shooting down a Stuka before being shot down himself. He crash-landed on a beach near Calais and was captured, remaining a prisoner until the end of the war. The Spitfire sank under the sand and was recovered in 1986 after strong currents revealed it forty-five years later. Dr. Thomas Kaplan and Simon Marsh acquired it in 2000 and were dedicated to its full restoration. In 2015, it was donated to the Imperial War Museum and received by the Duke of Cambridge during a visit to Duxford, where he watched the Mark 1a fighter fly again after 75 years.

The Spitfire N3200 rollerball pen has been acid-etched with rivets and panels and then painted in the matching camouflage pattern. The plane’s tail numbers have been printed alongside the British Roundel and the top disc is printed with Britain’s tri-color fin flash. It is complete with black-nickel accents that have the IWM logo on the top ring alongside the pen’s serial number engraving. Each Tornado is packaged in a commemorative packaging with foil stamp graphics representing the plane. Take flight with the Spitfire N3200 and feel the history in hand. Whether you pick up this one for yourself or a WWII enthusiast, this piece of history will be cherished for years to come.

Retro 51 Tornado IWM Collection Rollerball Pen in Spitfire N3200 Specifications

  • Finish: Acid-etched with rivets and panels and then painted in the matching camouflage pattern
  • Trim: Black-nickel accents
  • Refill: Capless rollerball type refill REF5P
  • May be converted to use an easy flow 9000 ballpoint type refill cartridge (sold separately)
  • Britain’s tri-color fin flash on top disc
  • Pen Length: 5 in. / 125mm
  • Pen Barrel Diameter: 0.45 in. / 12mm
  • Pen Weight: 1 oz / 28g
  • Matching gift packaging tube

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Product FAQs

The Retro 51 Tornado rollerball writes with a cap-less REF5P liquid rollerball ink cartridge. Although there are several ink colors available (blue, red, purple, and green), the color included with any new Retro 51 rollerball is always black. The rollerball is also compatible with any Parker-style type ballpoint pen cartridge. Since this cartridge is made by several manufacturers, there are many options for ink color, point size, and ink consistency (ballpoint or gel ink). Retro 51 offers the REF71 (black) or REF77 (blue) easy-flow 9000 ballpoint ink cartridge as an alternative (sold separately) refill option for the Tornado rollerball pen.

Although the company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas (USA), the Retro 51 factory is based in Taiwan. All pen parts are manufactured in Taiwan with exception to the fountain pen nibs (made by Jowo in Germany) or the refills (made by Schmidt, also in Germany).

Retro 1951, Inc. offers a Limited One-Year Warranty on all Retro 51 writing instruments to the original consumer for a period of one year from the date of purchase with the purchased unit free of defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. Please note that this warranty is void if the pen has been damaged by accident, negligence, unauthorized service, or other factors not due to defects in materials or workmanship. It's important not to return the product to the retailer from whom it was purchased. Retro 51 will handle warranty claims directly.

Yes, most Retro 51 rollerball pens can be personalized with engraving on the barrel of the pen. There are some exceptions due to the design of the pen. For example, if a Retro 51 Tornado pen has an acid-etched pattern and does not have a blank spot where an engraving may be etched, then we will not engrave that pen. Our most popular, personalized Retro 51 rollerball pens are the classic lacquer styles, which are available in a variety of colors.

The refill inside. The Tornado pen design is the same whether you have a ballpoint or rollerball. It's the refill that makes the difference. The Tornado ballpoint pen uses the REF71 Easy Flow 9000 ballpoint ink cartridge while the rollerball writes with the more fluid REF5P cap-less rollerball ink cartridge. The ballpoint might last longer with the thicker, pastier ink. But, the rollerball version would flow smoother and require less hand pressure to make a dark mark on paper.

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