Spitfire Mk.Vb Position Lights
So, I had this 1/72 Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vb sitting in the closet, and I was given the chance to review this new product from Quickboost for the Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vb, so I decided, hey what could go wrong?
The position lights are molded in clear resin in two colors red, and green to simulate the lights in each wingtip. At first glance the lights look very nice. They are attached to a resin casting block which came apart easy enough with the razor saw. That’s where the easy part ends. There are three drawbacks to these position lights. First they came with no instructions. Second, the way these lights are cast they force you to build one of the clipped wing versions, Version B to be exact. Fortunately for me I don’t mind building the clipped wing version of this little Spitfire. However, it would have been nice to have the choice to build one of the full wing versions. Third, they are very brittle, and when I tried to clean up the leftover resin from the lights the green one broke. Being a perfectionist (hold the laughter down guys) it rendered these lights useless because I don’t want to have one wing look different from the other.
The position lights are glued onto the wingtips using CA glue. I am sure they would have fit nicely since I did a dry fit of the red light. It still would have needed some sanding and trimming to get it to fit right. Not a bad looking light, but I am a bit bummed that there are no instructions and at how brittle they are. It would be nice to see how/if these could have been used on the full wing version. These are a relatively inexpensive way to dress up your aircraft model, just be careful when you try to clean them up.
Thank you to IPMS/USA, Aires Hobby Models and Quickboost for the chance to try these position lights!