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Eduard Detail Sets for the Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I Kit
1:48 Scale

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Few aircraft in history have had a historical impact comparable the Supermarine Spitfire.  The first of no less than 24 different variants, or Marks, was the Spitfire Mk. I.  As the first of its lineage, the Mk. I flew in early 1938 and became operational later that year.  Some 1,659 airframes were produced before follow-on variants surpassed the capabilities and numbers of those pioneering Mk. I Spitfires.  In 2018, Tamiya released a rather superlative new-tool Spitfire Mk. I, and it significantly superseded their much earlier (but still quite good!) Spitfire Mk. I kit from the 1990s.  Eduard has now released a slew of aftermarket detail parts for the new Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I, so let’s take a look at these sets.      

Eduard #FE961 – Spitfire Mk. I Seatbelts STEEL:  There’s nothing quite like the realistic look that one can attain with separate seatbelt parts inside of a cockpit.  In this small ZOOM set, Eduard provides a very nice pre-painted set of shoulder harnesses and lap belts for the Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I.  There are a total of four pre-painted parts here.  The parts themselves have lots of great details from buckles to grommets, and the pre-painting is really excellent.  These latter details include some subtle shading effects and even ultra-fine stitching details. 

Eduard #48967 – Spitfire Mk. I Landing Flaps:  The kit itself has lots of great details, but you can’t position the kit landing flaps in the dropped or extended position.  This set solves the conundrum of what to do if the builder wishes to drop their flaps on the Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I.  A total of 22 parts are provided on a single fret.  These include the flaps and doors that open up when the flaps are deployed.  This set does an excellent job in depicting the raised ribs on the inside of the flaps themselves, the flap actuator, and related details.  Of course, there’s some surgery required to cut out the integrally molded flaps on the bottom of the kit’s wings, the pop-out doors on the top of the wing where the flap actuator would extend through when the flaps were dropped, and the inboard flap doors.  All the builder needs to provide is styrene rod to depict the flap driveshaft mechanism. 

Eduard #49960 – Spitfire Mk. I Detail Set:  This set includes two photoetched metal frets that cover mostly cockpit details and a few airframe items.  The first is a mostly pre-painted fret containing 46 parts.  Here, you get a new instrument panel to replace the kit parts, and they are indeed superior to what the kit provides.  The instrument panel builds up out of three layers of PE parts, and features very impressive pre-painted instrument dial faces treated with Eduard’s “raised glass” effect.  Other details here include cockpit placards, the pilot’s headrest, rudder pedals, lots of sidewall details including the throttle, and other items.  The second unpainted fret contains 18 more parts that provide additional cockpit details and exterior features such as air intake screens, gear well door details, brake lines, and the cockpit access door.

Eduard Brassin #648455 – Spitfire Mk. I Wheels:  This Brassin set contains five cast resin parts: single-piece main wheels, separate exterior wheel hubs, and a single-piece cast resin tailwheel assembly and tire.  The detail on the cast resin parts is excellent, down to the imprimatur on the tire sidewalls and the bolt details on the hubs.  There’s also a pre-cut self-adhesive masking set included that will make painting the wheels a breeze.

Eduard Brassin #648456 – Spitfire Mk. I Exhaust stacks:  Here, two cast resin parts are designed as drop-in replacements for the kit exhaust stacks.  This Brassin set contains two cast resin parts:  single-piece left and right early-style Spitfire exhaust stacks with round-style exhausts (not the fishtail style, as was seen evidently retrofitted on some later-war Mk. I aircraft).  These exhausts look absolutely great in terms of their shape, size, and casting quality.  Their deeply recessed exhaust ports confer greater scale realism than that of the kit parts.   

Overall, any one of these sets will bring some great detail to your 1:48 scale Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I.  These are some seriously cool details.  In combination, you’ve got a winning range of detail sets that will set your Spitfire Mk. I apart.  

We extend our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample.  You can visit them on the web at http://www.eduard.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EduardCompany/

Haagen Klaus
Scale Modeling News & Reviews Editor
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