Eduard Brassin 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XVI 3-Spoke Wheel Set First Look
|Date of Review||July 2015||Manufacturer||Eduard|
|Subject||Spitfire Mk.XVI 3-Spoke Wheel Set||Scale||1/48|
|Pros||Sharp details, simple upgrade||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$8.00|
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 photo-etch as well.
In this release, Eduard provides a simple upgrade to the kit wheels included in their Spitfire Mk.XVI kit which replace the three-piece tire halves and outer hub with a one-piece seamless resin wheel. The inner wheel hubs/brake assemblies are still separate but they fit snugly in the wheel and are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts. The set also comes with wheel masks to make painting easy.
This is a nice option for the modeler who whats that extra detail without all of the seam-filling to get there.
My sincere thanks to Eduard for this review sample!