Tamiya New-Tool 1/48 Spitfire Mk. I
My dalliance with the Spitfire continued... But I think that will be it for a while. A great kit- engineering and fit are as good as it gets, nice instruction booklet. That said the prototype "bonnet"/upper cowling is a single piece, and Tamiya had to mould it as 3 parts to get the contour correct. Here the complete elimination of the seams without damaging the moulded fastener detail is challenging. The moulding of the 2 landing gear struts as one part is genius- No squinting at engineers squares or fussing with blobs of blue-tac needed... a few spots of glue, add part, and alignment sorted!
Last pic is the featured item, Old Tamiya Mk. V, and Eduard Mk. IX (early)
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