TWO EDUARD SPITS IN ONE BOX!
Having released its debut 1/48 Spitfire Mk.V earlier this year, Eduard has now launched a new boxing providing two whole Spitfires… and there’s a wealth of new schemes, as CHRIS CLIFFORD discovers.
Czech company Eduard garnered much praise for its new-tool 1/48 Mk.I/II Spitfires, which were reworked to provide a limited-edition 1/48 Mk.V in the recent Eagle’s Call kit (reviewed here). Now, a new package entitled ‘Spitfire Story: The Sweeps’ offers enough styrene parts for two whole Mk.Vs, photo-etched (PE) metal details and masks for each, and a generous decal selection for ten colour schemes.
There are many useful features on Eduard’s Spitfire Mk.Vs, such as alternative glazing and wheel hubs, optional windscreen rear-view mirrors, different propeller spinners and the chance to have clipped wings. The PE frets carry pre-painted and plain parts, such as the instrument panel, seatbelts, seat-back/head armour, radiator/oil cooler grilles and more. The detail, as we’ve come to expect from Eduard, is exceptional.
Markings-wise, the decal sheet and choice of liveries is a triumph, exemplifying Eduard’s usually diligent research and quest for variety. Famous pilots are represented, as well as rare/seldom-seen schemes… some having nose art. Notable aircrew include Eric Lock, the Battle of Britain’s highest scoring RAF ace, 92 Squadron’s Don Kingaby and Northern Ireland's air combat wizard Brendan Finucane. A notable option is that of an Operation Starkey machine with black and white ID bands. Full stencilling for two aircraft is also provided. This package costs £40.74 direct from Eduard (www.eduard.com), representing superb value considering you get two full kits, aftermarket and myriad markings.
Released in parallel by Eduard is a useful set of resin six-stack fishtail exhausts (item 648699 in the Brassin range), which will be useful if you wish to portray an Mk.Vb airframe fitted with these exhausts, and have the requisite markings.
See below for all the colour scheme sheets…