Ultracast has added a series of highly detailed resin detail parts for the Eduard Spitfire Mk. IX kit. This set (#48262) provides a pair of flared exhaust stacks that replace the kit parts. The Eduard kits are recognized for accuracy and detail but the kit exhausts unfortunately are designed in such a way that they must be installed at an early stage in the assembly process. Doing so makes it difficult to paint the exhausts and surrounding areas without a considerable amount of masking later in the build.
Ultracast’s set includes a pair of backing plates that are installed instead of the kit exhausts at that point in the construction of the fuselage and provide a foundation for the resin exhausts that can be installed after the model is assembled and the fuselage is painted. This permits the modeler to also paint and weather the exhausts before installation, making for a clean job of it with no masking.
The Ultracast parts come on small casting blocks that are easily removed with a sharp #11 blade or razor saw and the exhausts feature all of the detail found in the kit parts, including open ends and weld seams (See photos below). Everything comes packaged in a zip-lock bag stapled to Ultracast’s familiar folded card. Note that because these parts are resin, they should be installed using super glue or epoxy cement.
This aftermarket item is highly recommended as a quick and convenient way to install detailed exhausts in the Eduard Spitfire Mk. IX. My thanks to Ultracast for providing the review sample and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.