Spitfire Mk.IXe/XVIe Early version (Conical Fairings) & Late version (Rounded Fairings)

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AM-48-102 and AM-48-103
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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.

The sets are packaged in small Ziploc baggies on cardboard backing. Inside there is another self sealing baggie, which contains the turned metal barrel parts. Each set has six turned brass parts in the bag, two round fairings, two gun barrels, and two fairings for the .50 cal. There is no cleanup. The parts are ready for use. The parts are replacement for the kit parts G40 and G73. You will have to add the gun barrels into the fairings prior to assembly but that is the hardest part of the conversion.

The instructions are printed on a small sheet and are very clear. Simply add the gun and then the parts are slid into place.

Simple, easy, yet strong and sturdy, exactly what I look for in replacement barrels. These are more winners from Master!

Highly recommended

Thanks to Master and IPMS/USA for the review copies. You can obtain yours by contacting Master at www.master-model.pl, local hobby shop, or one of their preferred online retailers. Let them know you heard about it here!

Reviewer Bio

Floyd S. Werner Jr.

Building models since the age of 7, I’ve become known for my Bf-109s and helicopters. I currently run Werner’s Wings. I was previously the ‘star’ of the Master Class Model Building Video series. I’ve been published numerous times on various website, including Hyperscale and ARC. My work has been in FSM and Great Scale Modeling 2001, as well as, numerous other model magazines. I’m a published author with my Squadron/Signal Walkaround book on the Kiowa Warrior. My models have continuously won many regional and national awards. My unique model photography gives my models instant recognition for their historical perspective.

I’m a retired from the Army after 21 years of flying Cobras and Kiowa Warriors, including tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and Germany. I’m also a retired Flight Officer for the Baltimore City Police and flew their helicopters chasing bad guys. I’m currently flying Cobras and Hueys with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Yvonne, for 42 years. Our daughters have blessed us with six grandchildren. My passions continue to be his family, friends, helicopters, models and airplanes, especially the Bf-109 and my beloved AH-1 Cobra. My motto has always been - MODELING IS FUN!

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