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Eduard Big Sin Spitfire Mk. VIII -- 1:72 Scale

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It’s no secret that your reviewer is quite fond of the Supermarine Spitfire.  Eduard produces best kits of the Spitfire in 1:48 and 1:72 scale.  Yet, there are a few places where these really great kits can be improved upon.  Eduard released a number of superdetail sets for their Spits, and here, six of them are bundled together in an impressive Brassin Big Sin set for the 1:72 scale Spitfire Mk. VIII.   Let’s check it out.      

The contents of this Big Sin set include Eduard #672110 (Spitfire Mk. VIII exhaust stacks – fishtail), Eduard #672154 (Spitfire Mk. VIII Gun Bays), Eduard #672155 (Spitfire Mk. VIII Top Cowl), Eduard #672156 (Spitfire Mk. VIII Cockpit), Eduard #672173(Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX/XVI Radiator Fairings), and Eduard #72646 (Spitfire Mk. VIII Landing Flaps).

Starting sequentially with the exhaust stacks – the kit’s exhaust stacks are good for a 1:72 scale injection molded kit, but they do not have recessed or hollow faces.  The Eduard resin replacements are single-piece exhaust stacks designed to drop right into the kit.  They feature nicely hollowed-out exhausts.  They are a very impressive bit of small-scale casting.  Details are fine, subtle, and delicate.  Nice.

The gun bays set is extremely impressive.  It contains 34 cast resin pieces and a fret of 24 photoetched metal parts.  It provides left and right complete gun bays for the 20mm Hispano cannons and the two outboard .303 caliber machine guns, the cannons and machine gun bodies, and the 20mm ammo chute that fed the cannon along with other small and sublime details.  Access panels are provided as separate resin parts.  Notionally, I would think that these would be best represented as PE metal parts, but… the resin casting is so fine, thin, and detailed that these parts REALLY work.  Certainly, this set is the most involved of all of the sets in the Big Sin set, owing to the fact that you’ve got to carry out some surgery to the kit wings and outboard main gear wells to open up the bays, but these parts should integrate directly as they are quite literally made by Eduard for an Eduard kit.    

The Top Cowl resin set solves a problem that you might not know that you even had.  The plastic kit features a two-part kit cowling that can lose a lot of detail with clean-up and it can produce a "reappearing seam."  This single-piece upper cowling drops right in and solves the problem. Done.

While the gun bays are really great, the Brassin cockpit set for the Spitfire Mk. VIII is probably the real jewel in this set.  It contains 19 cast resin parts, 21 photoetched metal parts on one fret (several of which are pre-painted), and a small clear acetate sheet with three gunsights.  The cockpit set is designed to drop right into the kit.

The casting, fidelity of detail, and depth of detail in the Brassin Spitfire Mk. VIII cockpit is just awesome, especially for 1:72 scale.  It represents a complete replacement cockpit – floor, sidewalls, instrument panel, control column, seat, two gun sight styles, and more.  It is an intricate set, but if you want a the most detailed scale 1:72 scale Spitfire Mk. VIII cockpit that you can get, this is your ticket.  Some additional nice options include both pre-painted instrument dial faces or individual decals.  The pre-painted shoulder harnesses and lap belts are likewise just beautifully made.     

The radiator set contains four cast resin parts – the radiator housings and separate exhaust flaps that can be positioned open or closed.  These parts are finer and more detailed than what you’ve got in the kit.  It’s a simple drop-in replacement just like the cockpit set.

Last up: the landing flaps set.  This photoetched metal set contains 22 parts on one fret.  Here, there’s some more surgery and sanding of the wing halves to work this set in, but it is once again highly detailed and really good looking – allowing the builder to indeed drop the flaps in very impressive fashion.  

In summary, this Big Sin detail set not only provides these sets together at a lower price than if they were bought individually, it adds some really impressive detail to Eduard’s 1:72 scale Spitfire Mk. VIII.  If you enjoy working with aftermarket detail sets, you will love this set.  Have no doubt - when I build this kit, this Big Sin set will be a centerpiece of the project.

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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