Base Kit: The new Airfix Mark 1 1/48 Spitfire
Thanks to Aires/Quickboost for providing more of their excellent aftermarket parts for IPMS USA to review, and to IPMS leadership for sending it my way.
The new Airfix Mark 1 1/48 Spitfire is, by all accounts, an excellent kit. Detail is on par with 1/32 kits… and will make a show-stopper if built to the max.
One area which can, however, be improved on,is the Rotol Propeller. The kit items are slightly heavy; a resin replacement is definitely in order!
The Quickboost item addresses two areas; the thickness of the propeller blades themselves, and the spinner itself. The kit item has a baseplate, to which a propeller assembly is attached (it is keyed, so you can’t really mess it up), after which you install the spinner itself.
The kit spinner is not as rounded as seems to be the case on the actual item; Quickboost provides a one-piece spinner which does two things: (1) it provides a clean, no-muss spinner without a need to clean up the baseplate to the propeller assembly area, and (2) it has a more rounded shape.