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Spitfire Mk.XVI 3-Spoke Wheel Set

Eduard Brassin 1/48 Spitfire Mk.XVI 3-Spoke Wheel Set First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review July 2015 Manufacturer Eduard
Subject Spitfire Mk.XVI 3-Spoke Wheel Set Scale 1/48
Kit Number 648218 Media Resin
Pros Sharp details, simple upgrade Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $8.00

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 photo-etch as well.

Spitfire Mk.XVI 3-Spoke Wheel Set

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!