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Eduard Legie: Spad XIII čs. pilotů Limited Edition
1:72 Scale

The Spad series of WWI biplane fighters are legends in the early history of aviation.  There have been some good kits of these airplanes in 1:72 scale, but Eduard’s offerings may well be the very best of them.  In this limited edition kit set, Eduard has released their Spad XIII kit with photoetched metal detail parts, a masking set, and decals for famous Czech Spad drivers during the First World War.  Let’s check it out.

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The SPAD XIII was a French-built, single engine biplane fighter aircraft developed by Société Pour L'Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD).  It was an evolutionary development of the earlier and very successful SPAD VII.  In 1917, designer Louis Béchereau began work on a follow-on design for the Spad VII that would field a powerful new geared version of the Hispano-Suiza 8A engine and would be fitted with a pair of .303 caliber machine guns.  The design resulted in one of the most capable and popular fighters of WWI.  Nearly 8,500 had been produced before the end of hostilities.  A staggering additional 10,000 were still on order when the war ended but were never built. 

By the end of the First World War, the Spad XIII had equipped virtually every French fighter squadron.  The United States Army Air Service and British Royal Flying Corps purchased these airplanes in large batches.  Numerous aces from various nations flew the Spad XIII, including Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker.  Various Czech volunteers found themselves flying in the French Air Force and French foreign legion at the controls of the Spad XIII as well.

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Eduard’s Legie Limited Edition kit in 1:72 scale comes on two dark blue-gray sprues holding a total of 56 parts.  Two clear parts come on one sprue.  One fret of partially pre-painted photoetched metal parts containing 25 parts.  The set is rounded out by a pre-cut self-adhesive vinyl mask.  The instructions guide the build over eight pages.  The markings come on a single Eduard-printed decal sheet for the following airplanes:   

Strengths:  Since childhood, I’ve always had an affinity for 1:72 scale WWI aircraft (as an adult, it’s migrated to 1:32 scale!).  Still, this is a great kit of the Spad XIII.  It is based on their 2003 new-tool kit of the Spad, and it is still a great kit more than 15 years later and has gained a solid reputation.  Design and engineering are very good.  Injection molded details are very good for a 1:72 scale biplane.

The cockpit on its own is rather well done, as are the engine radiator face, machine guns, and all other airframe details including the representations of the fabric covered wings.  The inclusion of the photoetched metal parts is a real plus.  You get some gorgeous (but very small; see below) detail parts for the instrument dial faces, seat harnesses, gun sight, propeller cap, and plenty more.  The windscreen parts are very nice and thank goodness for the masks provided in this set – those tiny sections of glass would be a lot more difficult to paint, otherwise.  There are masks for the wheel hubs, too.   

The instructions provide helpful diagrams for interplane strut alignments as well as a clear rigging diagram.  And while the virtues of the kit itself are clear, an even bigger draw are the unique and rather colorful schemes here that commemorate Czech Spad XIII drivers and their airplanes.  The decals are also beautifully printed and I can identify no technical shortcomings there.

Weaknesses:  About the only critique I can think offer involves the fact some of the PE parts are incredibly small and difficult to handle, even for veteran users of photoetch parts.  Alternate decal dial faces are provided, and they may prove to be both more practical and easy to use.          

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Eduard’s reissue and reboxing of their 1:72 scale Spad XIII as the Legie Limited Edition set is a solid offering – a great little kit, very nice detail parts, useful masks, and a unique set of markings that has appeal beyond the European market.  This kit is most certainly recommended for Spad fans and WWI scale modelers alike.  And if you rarely do small-scale biplanes, something tells me that you’ll likely enjoy a foray into such territory with this kit.   For those who like this kit but quarter scale is more your taste, Legie comes in a 1:48 scale issue by Eduard as well.  

Sincere thanks are owed to everyone at 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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