Eduard 1/48 Spitfire I 1938-1940
81.00 delivered from the UK
Scott Van Aken
Initial tooling, Profipack, two full kits
The Spitfire is one of those iconic aircraft of which every Briton is aware to
some fashion or another. Often touted as the saviour of the UK during the Battle
of Britain (it was actually the Hurricane that shot down more bombers), it has
nonetheless been burned into British history. A lot more glamerous and a newer
design than the Hurricane, it was able to get greater performance out of the
same engine as the Hurricane. It was also one of the few aircraft in production
from the beginning of the conflict until the end, though the later versions were
only basically the same shape with little interchangeable with the first
with Eduard doing a series of later Merlin Spitfires, it was only a matter
of time until they moved back in time a bit to the original offerings. The
timing is a bit odd considering that Tamiya released their excellent
Spitfire I shortly before this one made it on shelves, but one thing I've
noticed over the years is that both companies have their fan-boys. It is
really a win-win situation for today's enthusiast as we have a number of
well done early Spitfire kits now available to us.
You do get two full kits in this box which means two of everything except
decals and oddly, fuselage halves. There is some esoteric difference between
the early and later Spitfire I fuselages which comes to an armored and unarmored fuel tank cover. One fuselage is for the first three markings and the other is
for the other seven. In fact, you really need to decide what markings
options you'll be using and read the instructions carefully ("E's a witch")
prior to starting to ensure that you have all the right bits in place. I've recently been informed that there are several seats provided and the instructions fail to say which to use on which option.
As usual, the kit relies on photo etch to get the best from the build and
two sets of color photo etch are included that provide major pieces like
rudder guard, instrument panels, seat harness, radiator cores, seat armor,
and a number of other tiny pieces. In several instances, you can leave some
of these off and just rely on the plastic bits.
Other options are open and closed canopy and Eduard provides separate clear
bits just for that. The flat, early canopy is also provided for those planes
that require it. Another option is an open or closed cockpit door. As small
as the Spitfire cockpit is, it would be a shame to keep all that cockpit
work closed up.
are superbly done with lots of notes and if you follow them, you cannot
really go wrong. I exempt myself from that statement as I have been known to
screw up an anvil. You get a huge main decal sheet along with one for the
fuselage codes and (not shown) two stencil sheets. As has been reported, the
decals are not as opaque as one would like, especially the yellow parts,
which significantly darken against the camouflage. However, you are provided
with ten options, a number befitting a combo Profipack offering. If none of
the options grabs you, there are aftermarket sheets out there. I have a nice
Illiad sheet I used on an Airfix Spit I and the Victory Production sheet on
the Battle of Britain in case none of the kit offerings grabs me. They also
provide decently opaque roundels.
Initially, I was going to pass on this and wait for the single boxing (now
available), but after being told it was no longer available, I hit the Internet
and found it was quite plentiful outside the US so ordered it from the UK at a
most reasonable price. Having seen the kit built up, I can tell you that if you
are a Spit boffin, you'll be quite pleased with this one.
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