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SimonD

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I picked up Eduard's Aussie Eight kit the other day as some of you know and I've had a bit of a look at it and think it deserves a bit of a mention here.
I acknowledge this will be far more relevant to the Aussies here, but if you're a Spitfire lover and love the Eduard Spitty too (let's face it, who doesn't?) and are looking for new ideas, read on.

At $169.00au from BNA's here in Australia, it's not cheap. About 40 bucks dearer than the Royal class and no beer glass.

http://www.bnamodelworld.com/model-planes-eduard-models-ed-1188-1:48-aussie-eight-spitfire-mk-viii-in-australian-service-dual-combo

The plastic is new tooling for the Mk VIII released by Eduard earlier this year (2015) so there's probably no need to bang on about that too much, In the kit the extra goodies are:
Eduard interior coloured PE (2x)
Resin Wheels (2 sets)
Masks (2x)
A3 poster
Decals for 31 different RAAF Spitifires (stencil sheets for 2)
A 105 page reference manual
Plus the instructions and usual garb.

It's an Eduard Dual combo 1:48 Spitfire in other words.

The main reason I wanted to do the review is because of this:
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The Aussie Eight
by Peter Malone - the book.
I haven't read it all obviously (probably never will, I tend to "graze" with it) but it's a great read, very interesting tales of our boys in service.



There's a few Aces grace the pages, a lot of heroics, all that good stuff. But it goes into some detail of how the planes looked, and the photos, although black and white obviously, are fantastic.





And plenty of facts and hints on how the actual plane looked, as well as history of our marking and camouflage,



Thick enough.


So you pay for the book and the effort that went into getting that amount of information together.
But I think it's great value for money. The book is a goldmine for regular Spitfire builders.

Now I just have to build one! [smile]


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Tamiya 1:32 F-4J Phantom "Marines"
Tamiya 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe

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I did take a few more shots of the kit, I'll add them on this post. I grabbed a couple of sprues from my Mk IX Royal Class box for comparison,

Royal Class on the left, Aussie Eight on the right.


2 wing versions with the Mk IX, both different to the Aussie Eight.




Most noticeable difference is the retractable tail wheel on the eight. The detail looks to same on both versions, which wouldn't be surprising.

And the Decal sheets. Just can't bring myself to take them out the packet yet. lol But the main sheet is cartograph, as you'd expect. The others are Eduard.




Go nuts! [smile]

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Whoa! Holy cow, what a kit!! Nice review as well, Simon, my friend.  [smile]  That book is a goldmine!! That's probably weeks of internet searching all rolled into one amazing-looking book!! 31 different sets of markings??!

I'm working on a couple of kits that have limited edition mini posters in them, but dang. This is a whole loot crate lol.

You and Nigel have just convinced me that I will have to do my first proper review, of the Mirror Models Dump Truck, Dozer, and Trailer I'll be starting next year. Fan-freakin'-tastic review so far, Simon!!


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Hey Mike! How's it going buddy? Happy New Year to you and yours mate.
I've just flicked here from the email I got but I'm assuming your review is up? I'll be having a look as soon as I go back inside on the big screen.
Thanks very much for the kind words. [smile]

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Tamiya 1:32 F-4J Phantom "Marines"
Tamiya 1:32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIe

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I won't be starting the build review until next year. I've still got a few builds to finish up first and I need to clear the space for that project. Its going to be a big one.

Still looking for a real job and facing a move next month. I've had a little vacation away from home these last few days and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed later lol. Otherwise, I'm okay for now. Nothing like last year, mate.

Cheers! and thanks for the review, you're doing fantastic.  [biggrin]
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