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1:32 Spitfire Mk.IXc
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 09:49 AM UTC


Despite all the hype, Tamiya's much-vaunted Spitfire really does live up to expectations. As a prelude to our On-Line build, here's an overview of the contents.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 10:55 PM UTC
Hi Rowan,
An excellent review, as usual.
It certainly looks like a MkVIII is in the offing, as the rear fuselage is separate. So that means that I need at least 2, one for "Grey Nurse" the Aussie shark mouth version

When I was at Telford, in November, and able to fondle the plastic of this kit, I found that the rubber tyres appeared to be different. One pair being softer, possibly hollow, if this is the "wheels down" set, could the weight of the model give the tyres a natural bulge?

A superb kit and certainly my model of the decade because as we all know; "you just can't have too many Spitfires"

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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 11:22 PM UTC

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Hi Rowan,
An excellant review, as usual.
It certainly looks like a MkVIII is in the offing, as the rear fuselageis seperate. So that means that I need at least 2, one for "Grey Nurse" the Aussie sharkmouth version

When I was at Telford, in November, and able to fondle the plastic of this kit, I found that the rubber tyres appeared to be different. One pair being softer, possibly hollow, if this is the "wheels down" set, could the weight of the model give the tyres a natuaral bulge?

A superbe kit and certainly my model of the decade because as we all know; "you just can't have too many Spitfires"




Cheers Mal

Yes, there's definitely the option of a Mk.VIII in the future with the way the tail breaks down, so get cracking designing your sharkmouth masks!

The tyres? No, in fact it's the other way round - the "wheels down" ones are moulded solid, while the retracted ones are slightly hollow, so I'm afraid they aren't likely to bulge much under the weight of the model.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 11:36 PM UTC
Have you thought of trying the tyres the other way around?

The desert scheme that Jean-Luc did is very attractive, I may possible require a third kit I'm hoping though that Eduards kit is also very good but cheaper
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Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2009 - 11:45 PM UTC

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Have you thought of trying the tyres the other way around?



Hi Mal

Sorry - it wouldn't work. The retracted ones are only half-round - they're hollow at the back, not inside.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009 - 12:42 AM UTC

..looks fabulous, I'm very envious Rowan, have fun..

I did see that Graham at Relish models had his stock on sale at 'only' 84 GBP ...would love to get one, but the kids have to eat next week..
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Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009 - 12:53 AM UTC

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..looks fabulous, I'm very envious Rowan, have fun..

I did see that Graham at Relish models had his stock on sale at 'only' 84 GBP ...would love to get one, but the kids have to eat next week..


Do they have too, if mine are anything to go by, they wouldn't be grateful .
Great review Rowan.
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Posted: Monday, December 07, 2009 - 07:04 AM UTC

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Sorry - it wouldn't work. The retracted ones are only half-round - they're hollow at the back, not inside.



Oh well, it was just a thought. It would have been a clever trick if Tamiya had thought of it though. Maybe they'll read this and give it a go next time


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would love to get one, but the kids have to eat next week..



Errrr, Neil, I think that you have your priorities totally wrong there, I do believe that Spitfires come before the kids (they do in my house anyway)
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Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 07:37 AM UTC
I've waited with bated breath for this kit but the price....No

Instead I got the Eduard BF109-E3 coming as am Xmas pressie in the hope their Spitfire (If released) will be a suitable period match and realistically priced alternative. Time will of course tell and maybe I'll find a Tamiya one reduced once the fever dies down...till then I spose I'll plod on in WW1 and my Jug.

:) ~k~
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Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 11:10 AM UTC
Hi Keith

Tamiya's kit is fantastic. There's no two ways about it. Obviously, in reviewing so many kits, I've seen a lot - but every so often there's a bit where I just have to stop and think "Ohh you clever b*ggers!" But still, I'll definitely be keen to see how Eduard tackle it! The benchmark has been set and the gauntlet thrown down... I reckon we could be in for a real treat!

All the best

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Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 11:59 PM UTC
With Eduards Spit on the way it will be like all my birthdays and Christmases coming all at once It is disappointing that Tamiya's price is high and I would never normally say this but it does look worth it. It is probably a kit that you only ever buy one of and I'm hoping that Eduard's example is as good in shape but a lot cheaper, so that I can have my Squadron
There is always the Pacific coast example, but it just doesn't compare for quality but it can be built into a nice example and will be joining my Squadron