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Tempest Mk. V Spinner
Hawker Tempest Mk. V Corrected DH Spinner
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

One of the clear compromises in Eduard's generally excellent new-tool Hawker Tempest Mk. V Series 1 kit is the way the spinner has been designed. To avoid a complex mould, the angled slots for the propeller blades have been replaced by simple cut-outs. Now Barracuda Studios have released a resin replacement for the original "short" spinner to overcome the problem.

The set arrives in the familiar zip-lock bag with a cardboard header, and comes complete with a small but detailed sheet of instructions. The text is very comprehensive and is accompanied by clear colour photos of each stage.

The upgrade comprises just two parts - the spinner and its back-plate - and is faultlessly cast in the sample set. The new parts directly replace kit parts F4 and F7. The resin pieces are attached to casting blocks and will need careful removal, including snipping out a "runner" from the inside of the spinner. All this is explained very well in the instructions and, so long as you don't rush, the preparation should be pretty straightforward.

The only surgery required to the kit will be to remove the dome on the propeller to accommodate the new resin spinner.

Item #BR48399 is available now direct from Barracuda Studios.

This is another excellent correction set from Barracuda Studios that provides a very worthwhile improvement over the standard kit parts. The problem with Eduard's original spinner is one of those small points that really niggle once you've noticed them, and this resin replacement solves that at a stroke. While the upgrade is very simple terms of the number of parts, newcomers to working with resin should be aware that separating the parts from their casting blocks will require accuracy and patience to avoid damaging them. Experienced modellers will take this in their stride with no difficulty.

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Highs: Beautifully designed and cast. Excellent instructions.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Barracuda Studios' new spinner is a very noticeable improvement over the kit parts.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: BR48399
  Suggested Retail: $7.95
  PUBLISHED: Apr 05, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2021 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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