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Eduard Spitfire and Trumpeter Defiant

August 20, 2017 in Aviation

Here is a double post for you all today. First the Eduard Spitfire VIII, this is simply a superb kit, an utter joy to build and one of my favourite kits so far this year. The same cant be said about the second build, the Trumpeter Defiant, also in 1:48. This looks great in the box, surface detail is superb but its full of errors. This has had major surgery to get it to look as it is. I usually like Trumpeter kits but this is not one of their best. Its blown away by the Airfix version. Even the instructions are wrong, they call for medium sea grey underside and ‘wood brown’ for the dark earth in the 1940 camo! Now its not hard to find the correct colours in the Gunze Sangyo (which they quote) range and today 30 seconds searching on the internet will give you all the correct info you need. Decals are from Xtradecal and are for an Air Sea Rescue aircraft – the kit decals are unusable, the colours are far too bright and the code letters for the day fighter are white instead of med. sea grey.

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17 responses to Eduard Spitfire and Trumpeter Defiant

  1. Great looking kits Alan. Thanks for the heads up on the Defiant. I have a Mk.VIII in the stash to be built as an American hack.

  2. Both are exquisitely done from what I can see, despite any ‘drawbacks’. 🙂

  3. Love the Defiant in that late war camo,nice work on both aircraft.
    N.

  4. Allen, wonderful work on both of these, I really like the spitfire (no offense toward the Defiant, as it too looks great !). I have an Eduard kit and was wondering if you used the kit (2 piece) cowl or a replacement ?, I ask because yours looks great !

  5. Very nice work as usual Alan.

  6. Great work, Alan. Nice work on both. That rear fuselage is truly awful on the Defiant kit. Glad I have 2 Airfix kits.

  7. Of all your fine posts, Alan, this duo is my favorite. Really enjoyable.

  8. The two models are fantastic

  9. Both builds are outstanding!

  10. Inspiring work! Looks really really great. I bought a Eduard Spitefire kit (1/72 though) this summer. Now I can’t wait to start it.

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