Thanks to Eduard for this excellent Spitfire IXc kit
Eduard 1/72 Spitfire IXc Late Version Weekend Edition
Reviewed for Military Modelling by Paul Carter
The Spitfire Mk IX the stop gap solution to the arrival of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 over Western Europe in September 1941. The Luftwaffe fighter was vastly superior to the RAF standard daytime fighter the Spitfire Mk V.
The solution should have been the Spitfire Mk VIII featuring the new Merlin 61 two-stage supercharged engine; however it was taking too long to get the Mk VII in production, so the new engines were slotted into the readily available Mk VC airframe with a first flight in early 1942.
The stop gap solution was that successful it became the second most numerous variant with over 5600 produced. One consequence of the rushed introduction of this version was that numerous refinements were made with differing engines, rudders, ailerons, engine cowlings and wingtips over the production run.
Maximum power of the Mk IX was as high as 1,650hp leading to a maximum speed of 408mph at 25,000ft. Service ceiling was 43,000ft and armament for the C type wing was four .303in Browning Machine Guns and 2 x 20mm Hispano cannon.
The Eduard Spitfire models are the best 1/72 scale models on the market. Really well-produced with no flash. The panel lines are very delicate and restrained while the rivets visible on the real thing are present here in a very subtle manner. As Eduard do, multiple variants of the aircraft come from the same sprues, and while this is boxed as a Mk IXc late version, you could probably make any variant of the Mk IX, there are LF clipped, standard and HF pointed wing tips, pointed and rounded rudders, three, four & five spoked wheelhubs, three types of ailerons and both standard and Tropical Air Filters. To make the Mk IXc, 108 parts held on four sprues are used. That seems a lot for a 1/72 scale Spit, but for example, the radiators consist of four parts when other manufacturers do this in one or two parts.
As is standard with an Eduard Weekend boxing, there are copious amounts of spare parts, but there is no PE or Masks. The decals cover two examples, 308(Polish) and 310(Czech) Sqns RAF, it is good to note that a full stencil set is included on a separate sheet.
The best model on the Market, @£10.99 a time, why would you not buy one…or two...or three…
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