Pavla Models have released an updated conversion set for the Tamiya 1:48 Spitfire Mk.1 and Mk. V kits that should please Spitfire fans, containing as it does parts for a selection of early mark PRU aircraft.
The set comprises:
8 x dark grey resin parts
2 x vacuformed canopies
Decals for 3 x colour schemes
The casting throughout is basically perfect - not a bubble in sight, and the detail is very nice.
The parts provided are:
2 x blister tanks
Lower nose cowl
Bulged fuselage camera window
Oil cooler intake
Pilot's seat and armour
The vacuformed canopies feature flat and curved windscreens. The parts are quite clear, but both versions were slightly scuffed in the review sample, so polishing and a dip in Klear/Future will be needed. Overall, they aren't "Falcon" quality - but, to be fair to Pavla, I don't know of any other producer whose clear vacuformed parts are either! I have to say though, at first glance I'm a little wary of the shapes, but with all my references packed up ready to move home, I'll have to wait to check further. (Note: Falcon also include both styles of PRU canopies in their Spitfire Special set of vacuformed canopies).
Decals & Instructions
The small sheet is printed perfectly in register and looks to be very high quality, with markings for:
The painting guides double up as instructions for the conversions. An unusual arrangement, but it works fine, showing clearly which parts are needed for each aircraft featured. The only shame is that an extra canopy isn't included because sufficient resin parts (except for the seat) are provided to model all three.
Pavla's Spitfire PRU conversions are simple and an ideal introduction to using resin parts. The results will be eye catching among the massed ranks of conventional Spits. Recommended to anyone with a few builds under their belt looking to try something a little "different".
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Highs: Excellent casting and decals.Lows: Vacuformed canopies slightly scuffed, and I want to check the shape further.Verdict: Pavla's PRU Spitfire conversions are simple and very attractive, and an ideal introduction to using aftermarket parts.
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
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...