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Spitfire Mk.IIa upgrade sets
Spitfire Mk.IIa upgrade sets for Revell kit
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by: Andy Brazier [ BETHEYN ]

Revells 1/32nd Mk.IIa Spitfire has been out nearly a year now, as reviewed here, and A.M parts are still being produced for it. Eduard have released several sets for it, reviewed here, and now Pavla Models have jumped in with three resin sets.
Spitfire Mk.II sidewalls
Item No -U 32-01
Price -15.99 (Hannants)
Packed in a blister box with a foam backing, the resin sidewalls and three smaller resin parts are well protected. This set comes with a small set of instructions for adding the small resin throttle lever, the Revell kits oxygen bottles, and four other smaller resin parts.
Each part is well cast with no imperfections present and are connected to a small casting block.
The cockpit sidewalls (or cocpit as its printed on the header card and instructions lol) are in one word "beautiful". The detail is exqusite with the sidewall framework, various control boxes and wiring all cast as one part. The control throttle is one piece and a lot finer and detailed then the kits part. The sidewalls compared to the kits offerings are in a different class.
The instructions are fairly small and are printed in the normal black/grey on white. The instructions state where the resin parts or the Revell parts are to be fixed. A generic paint name guide is also suppied for the parts.
When I first saw these parts my jaw dropped due to the detail cast, and even when I saw the price my mind has'nt changed. So IMHO I think these are a must have if you want to display the cockpit open to the world to see.
Percentage Rating - 90%

Spitfire Mk.II metal type seat
Item No -S 32003
Price -4.20 (Hannants)
The resin seat is cast as one part, and is packed in a resealable bag with a stapled header card.
No imperfections are present in the resin, and a small casting block is attached to the base of the seat. The seat is larger and a bit more detailed then the kits offering. I do believe the kits seat is a plastic type seat where Pavla have offered the metal type. Castle Bromwich used the plastic seats, but the kits parts are a little strange with a depression in the seat back and wrong padding for the back rest, and no armour plating.
As for which seat to use I do believe the plastic seat was used from Mid 1940, with the metal type used before then in early Spitfires, but I will leave it to the experts (Mal and Edgar) to decide if the metal seat was used in the Mk.II.
Percentage Rating - 80%

Spitfire Mk.II cockpit door
Item No -U 32-02
Price -4.25 (Hannants)
The Mk.II cockpit door is nicely cast in a clear resealable bag, with a small casting block on the bottom of the door.
The detail is well done if a little overdone, with the door spars quite deep. The kits door has a moulded on crowbar which should.t be there and Pavla have corrected this by leaving it off.
Better looking then the kits part and missing the crowbar. I will use this door as it does look more detailed then the kits offering. If you are modeling the door closed then there is not much point getting this set.
Percentage Rating - 80%

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Highs: Well cast.
Lows: The cockpit sidewalls cost about three quarters of the kits price.
Verdict: Not all the sets are needed, but the cockpit sidewalls are IMHO a must have just for the sheer beauty of them. The seat is debatable for a Mk.II Spitfire. The door although slightly overdone is missing the crowbar the kits door has, which it shouldn't.
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  PUBLISHED: Jun 22, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Andy Brazier (betheyn)

I started modelling in the 70's with my Dad building Airfix aircraft kits. The memory of my Dad and I building and painting a Avro Lancaster on the kitchen table will always be with me. I then found a friend who enjoyed building models, and between us I think we built the entire range of 1/72 Airfi...

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Thanks for the review, Andy. The reasonable price of the Revell kits makes upgrades for them more palatable.
JUN 22, 2015 - 07:23 PM
It's unlikely that any Spitfire II was fitted with a metal seat, since the use of the plastic seat was planned exclusively for Castle Bromwich, and only changed when Supermarine's factory was destroyed; however the dimensions would remain the same so it's simply a case of painting it red instead of black (probably) or green (possibly.)
JUN 23, 2015 - 10:12 PM
Thanks Bill, my Revell Spitfire has now got so much A.M going in it that I will be surprised if I have to use the base kit . Thanks for clearing that up Edgar, I thought the Mk.II only had plastic seats, but I wasn't sure. Andy :-)
JUN 24, 2015 - 01:30 AM

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