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Spitfire Mk.XVI Engine Set

Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XVI Engine Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2015 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject Spitfire Mk.XVI Engine Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 648217 Media Resin, Photo-Etch
Pros Beautifully detailed Merlin engine Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $45.00

First Look

Eduard from the Czech Republic is easily the most prolific producer of aftermarket details. Period. Their series of photo-etched detail sets have brought additional fidelity to otherwise bland subjects, and have taken even the best-produced models and kicked them up a notch or two with details that cannot be produced with injection-molded plastic. Many AMS modelers will collect the relevant Eduard photo-etch sets for a given project, but they'll also go out and gather specific resin enhancements as well. Eduard has stepped up with a new product line to complement their photo-etched detail series - Brassin. Brassin is a play on words with Brass and Resin, and in many sets in this series, the resin details also include a set of color photo-etch as well.

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Take a look at this release. Eduard has produced a complete model of the Merlin engine from the firewall forward. This amazing kit is molded in gray resin and features an intricately detailed Merlin 266 (US-built Merlin 66) engine as well as its support systems from oil sump to inversion tank. You have your choice of round or fishtail exhaust stacks. This set has detailed firewall, motor mounts, plumbing, and even the Dzus fastener frames (in photo-etch) that are used to fasten on the cowling panels (on the full-scale aircraft).

This set mounts to the Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XVI kit which requires the modeler to remove the molded-on cowling panels on the kit fuselage halves, then mount this gem to the front of the aircraft. This set also provides the cowling panels with nice detailing inside the panels so you can pose them alongside your aircraft.

If you want to render some breath-taking details in your Spitfire build, this set will definitely add some eye-catching details, especially if you use this set with the Brassin cockpit and gun bay sets sold separately!

My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!