Spitfire Mk. VIII/IX/Xvi Radiator Fairings

Published: August 11th, 2018     
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Reviewed by: Paul R. Brown - IPMS# 24085
Scale: 1/72
Company: Eduard
Price: $6.95
Product / Stock #: 672 173

This set is designed to replace the underwing radiator fairings on Eduard's 1/72 scale Spitfires. The set consists of two single piece fairings with separate exhaust flaps and a small photo-etch fret of actuators. The kit supplied fairings are constructed from three pieces, two sides and a top (bottom?) which actually fit together very nicely thanks to Eduard's outstanding engineering. This set provides the entire fairing cast as a single unit and thus is a drop in replacement for the kit's three part arrangement. As the left and right fairings are different, Eduard has thoughtfully cast "L" and "R' on the insides of the fairings to assist the builder in keeping them straight when it is time to attach them. Now to just figure out if the L/R applies when the wing is upside down or when it is right side up?

The exhaust ramps are identical and the photo-etch fret includes actuators to allow each flap to be posed either fully closed or fully open. There are also two side braces to be attached inside each flap. These actuators are very tiny so be careful to keep track of them. In researching the correct position of the flaps on the ground, it seems that there is no right or wrong way to attach them as some photos have them both full up, others have both full down, and some have one each way.

This set is a nice upgrade for the kit parts and eliminates a couple of possible seams/joints on the underside of the wing and the tiny actuators add some nice detail.


Thank you to Eduard and IPMS-USA for the review sample.

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