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AFTERMARKET REVIEW


Eduard BIG SIN Spitfire Mk. IXc set for the Revell of Germany Kit -- 1:32 Scale

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It’s no secret that your reviewer is quite fond of the Supermarine Spitfire.  The Revell of Germany 1:32 scale Spitfire Mk. IXc is a very nicely made kit – accurate shape and size, good overall detail, and it’s a steal for the price ($30.00).  Yet, there are places where the kit can really be improved upon.  Eduard released a number of super detail parts sets in their Brassin product line, including a cockpit set, fishtail exhaust stacks, wheels, and bronze-cast main landing gear.  Here, they are all bundled together in a really impressive Brassin Big Sin set.   Let’s check it out.      

The contents of this Big Sin set includes Eduard #632107 (Spitfire Mk. IX 5-spoke wheels), Eduard #632108 (Spitfire Mk. IX exhaust stacks – fishtail), Eduard #632109 (Spitfire Mk. IX undercarriage legs), and Eduard #632111 (Spitfire Mk. IX cockpit).

Starting sequentially with the wheel set – the main wheel parts in the RoG Mk. IXc are really poorly done.  They are inaccurate and woefully under-detailed.  This set provides beautiful single-piece resin cast tires and includes the Dunlop imprimatur on the sidewalls.  The inner and outer hubs are separate pieces, and a complete tail wheel is also included.  This set also features a pre-cut-self-adhesive masking set, but if you paint the tires and the hubs separately, you won’t need masks.  All the tires are just slightly flattened and bulged, too, depicting the wheels as they look sitting on the ground.

The kit’s exhaust stacks are okay for an injection-molded kit, but they are molded into left and right halves necessitating a lot of nasty cleanup work.  The Eduard resin replacements are single-piece exhaust stacks with nicely hollowed out exhausts.  They will save the builder a great deal of work and they essentially will drop right into the kit.

The landing gear set contains four parts – two beautifully cast bronze main landing gear and two resin main gear doors.  The metal casting here is just technically perfect and the details are equally impressive.  Again, they are a big improvement upon the kit parts.

While all these are great detail sets in and of themselves, the real piece de resistance is the Brassin Cockpit set.  It contains 26 cast resin parts, 11 pre-painted photoetched metal parts on one fret, another 25 photoetched metal parts on another fret, one small decal sheet, and one small sheet of clear acetate for the gun sight.

The casting, fidelity of detail, and depth of detail in the Brassin Spitfire Mk. IXc cockpit is just awesome.  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 realistic scale Spitfire Mk. IXc cockpit 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 only shortcoming of the Brassin cockpit is that it is not quite a “drop-in” set.  You’ll have to thin the sidewalls of the kit fuselage to some degree to get it in there.

In summary, this Big Sin detail set provides these sets together at a lower price than if they were bought individually.  It attends to some of the key shortcomings of the Revell of Germany kit and then adds some amazing details on top of that.  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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