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Spitfire Mk.XVI
Dual Combo Limited Edition

Eduard, 1/48 scale

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Catalogue Number: Eduard Kit No. 1198 - Spitfire Mk.XVI Dual Combo Limited Edition
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Nearly 400 parts in grey coloured plastic; 24 parts in clear; 2 x colour photo-etched frets; self-adhesive die-cut masking sheet; markings for eight aircraft
Price:

USD$74.95 plus shipping, available online from Eduard

Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Includes two complete kits - one low back and one high back; both early and late E wings supplied; accurate fuselage and wing dimensions; very high level of detail; outstanding surface features including crisply recessed panels and subtle rivet lines where appropriate; includes colour photo-etched parts; useful options for ordnance and alternative wing tips; separate parts for closed and open canopy.
Disadvantages:  
Conclusion: Eduard presents the first bubbletop Spitfire in their growing family, and also adds a high back Spitfire XVI in the same box. This package delivers all the fantastic attributes of its Mk.VIII and Mk.IX predecessors - accurate dimensions, impressive detail, and useful options. Highly Recommended.


Reviewed by Brett Green


Eduard's 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.IXe is available online from Squadron.com for only UD$32.97!

 

Background

 

The Spitfire Mk.XVI was the same as the Mk.IX in most respects except for the engine, a Merlin 266.

This engine was based on the two-stage Merlin 66, and was originally intended for Canadian Mosquito production. When it was decided to keep Canadian Mosquitos on single-stage engines, the Merlin 266 was diverted to Spitfire production, resulting in the Mk.XVI.

All Mk XVI aircraft produced were of the Low-Altitude Fighter (LF) variety. This was not determined by the length of the wings (clipped wings were fitted to most LF Spitfires), but by the engine, whose supercharger had been optimised for low-altitude operation.

 

 

Because of a slightly taller intercooler and rearranged accessories on the Packard Merlins a new, bulged upper cowling was introduced and also appeared on late production IXs.

It would appear that few if any wartime Spitfire Mk.XVIs entered service with the rear fuselage fuel tank.

Armament for most Mk XVIs consisted of 2 × 20 mm Hispano II cannon - each with 120 rpg - and 2 × .50 calibre Browning machine guns - each with 250 rpg. 1 × 500 lb (227 kg) bomb could be carried underneath the centre rack, and 1 × 250 lb (114 kg) bomb could be slung under each wing. Some production aircraft had rear fuselage fuel tanks in addition to the main tank which allowed it to fly approximately as far as the Spitfire Mk VIII.

Problems with the licence-built engines limited introduction to front-line squadrons for several months.

An alteration of the wheel geometry required the introduction of an additional bulge above each main wheel well. This feature was mainly seen on later Spitfire Mk.XVIs.

A total of 1,054 Mk XVIs were built by Castle Bromwich.*

* Historical background based on Wikipedia entry and information from Bob Sikkel and Edgar Brooks.

 

 

FirstLook

 

Eduard has now released the Spitfire Mk.XVI as a Dual Combo package in its ProfiPACK series.

The ProfiPACK series offers an affordable price for two complete kits, and will be welcomed by Spitfire fans everywhere.

The package will allow for one low-back and one high-back Spitfire XVI; with the option of early or late "E" wings. In fact, Eduard supplies three sets of wings - two early and one late.

Eduard's 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.IXe comprises nearly 400 parts in grey coloured plastic, 24 parts in clear, two colour photo-etched frets, a self-adhesive die-cut masking sheet and markings for eight aircraft.

 

 

This boxing introduces two brand new sprues - one for the low-back fuselage and one for the late-version "E" wing.

 

 

The fuselage sprue includes two rear bulkheads - one with head armour and one without.

 

 

The sprue also introduces a new set of three-spoke wheels.

 

 

As usual, the wing and fuselage are provided without inserts - no unnatural joins to fill with these models! The outboard narrow gun bulges and the new wheel well bumps are moulded direct to the top wing halves, with the appropriate shell ejector ports are similarly moulded in place on the bottom of the wings.

 

 

The wheel wells feature a counterpart bump with rivet outlines on the inside as well.

 

 

A slightly revised colour photo-etched fret for the Mk.XVI is included too.

 

 

In addition to the two different fuselages, options applicable to this package are bombs and either clipped or full-length wing tips.

The kit is otherwise similar to the Spitfire Mk.IXc Late Version. For a detailed review of this kit and images of all the parts, just follow this link.


 

Markings

New markings are supplied for eight nicely varied aircraft.

 

 

Everything is in register on the large Cartograf-printed sheet and colours look good. The wacky proportions of some of the late-style overpainted roundels are correctly depicted.

 

 

A second new decal sheet supplies stencil markings for the low back Mk.XVI. This includes yellow chop lines for the bubbletop canopy.

 

 

A third sheet offers stencils for the high back version.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Eduard presents the first bubbletop Spitfire in their growing family, and also adds a highback Spitfire XVI in the same box.

This package delivers all the fantastic attributes of its Mk.VIII and Mk.IX predecessors - accurate dimensions, impressive detail, and useful options.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Eduard for the sample


Review Text Copyright 2015 by Brett Green
Page Created 9 July, 2015
Last updated 12 July, 2015

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