Thank you very much to the generous folks at SAM Publications for providing these titles for review. Thanks are also due to the IPMS Reviewer Corps for allowing me the opportunity to research and learn more about the iconic P-51 Mustang, a pivotal aircraft from World War II forward. These books are outstanding in quality and value. I highly recommend them, not just for the model builder, but anyone with an interest in aviation history.
If you bought the Overtree or the Weekend Edition of the Spitfire Mk.VIII and want to add a little extra detail but not break the bank Eduard offers you this little set.
This single fret of pre-painted parts is just what you’ll need. This fret offers some new radiator faces and radiator doors. The tail wheel doors are provided as well, which will give you a more accurate and scale door. There are some items for the cockpit as well.
This set is a nice little upgrade for your Spitfire Mk.VIII. If you got the Brassin Cockpit set the interior parts will not be useable, however the doors and the radiators are nice additions. If you have never worked with photo etch before this is a nice way to get your feet wet. The only difficult part is the spanner/doubler on the bulkhead, everything else is quite easy.
There seems to be a different philosophy between Europe and the US. In Europe, the modeling community seems to want to have every little detail and everything opened up. In the US we tend to add detail but not in every single little access panel.
This set is designed to allow you to open EVERY single access panel on the Spitfire. The instructions show you how. It is up to the modeler to decide which ones to open. There is no panel that is left undone.
There are templates to help remove the plastic panels on the kit. There is a new cockpit access hatch and a radio access panel. Some, but not all, access panels have detail on the inside so when the panel is posed open whatever is inside can be seen.
Eduard also provides teardrop templates so you can use heated plastic and make new light bulbs. They are in various scales.
Thank you to Aires-Quickboost and the IPMS Reviewer Corps for the privilege of reviewing this excellent aftermarket resin detail set. The ICM C-45 kit is very nice in its own right, but replacement propellers add sharp detail in a highly visible part of the kit.
This is a combined review of Master Model’s two optional turned brass barrels (20mm Hispano), and Browning tips and fairings for the Eduard Spitfire Mk.IXe and Mk.XVIe:
- AM-48-102 - Spitfire Mk.IXe/XVIe early version (conical fairings).
- AM-48-103 - Spitfire Mk.IXe/XVIe late version (rounded fairings).
I love, love, love the Eduard Spitfire series of kits. The kit has impressive detail to say the least. Sure there are some things that could be improved with aftermarket. One of those things is the armament.
Master has been producing some of the best turned metal barrels and pitot tubes in the world. These sets are in keeping with that reputation.