HISPANO 20mm CANNON & .50cal IN FAIRINGS
It seems that Master Model has raised the bar a little more with their Air Master Series. These awesome little pieces are designed and produced in Poland, and run the gambit with accessories from aircraft to ships in scales from 1/72 to 1/350. You have to visit their website to see it all, and more than likely you will be ordering something from them.
In this case I happen to be reviewing the Air Master Series of the 1/32 early Spitfire E-Wing which contains two Hispano 20mm cannons and two .50 cal machine guns in fairings. According to Master Models, these are turned brass pieces which are made to exact scale specs.
I used them on the new 1/32 Spitfire Mk.IXc kit from Tamiya and although Tamiya’s guns are quite awesome in themselves, these guns give just a little more realism than the Tamiya guns. As compared with other kits, these guns far surpass anything out there. The quality of detail is excellent and installing them in this particular kit required nothing more than a few strokes with a file and attention to alignment. Some kits may need a little more preparatory work, such as cutting off the original plastic barrel, drilling a hole, and inserting and gluing the brass barrel in place using ca glue. Painting them is no problem, but I did give it a few licks with fine sandpaper only to create a slightly rough surface for the paint to bite into.
I highly recommend these guns and the price is right for the improvement they provide.
Thanks to Master Model for providing the review product.