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Spitfire Mk.II / Mk.V Rotol Spinner and Propeller Blades

Red Roo Models, 1/48 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number:

Red Roo Models Item No.RRR48184 - Spitfire Mk.II / Mk.V Rotol Spinner and Propeller Blades

Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Seven parts in grey resin; A4 instruction sheet.
Price:

AUD$10.00 Australian Price (AUD$9.09 Export Price) plus shipping from Red Roo Models

Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Perfect casting; crisp detail; simple cleanup; drop fit replacement; includes two Coffman starter bulges.
Disadvantages: Not really a disadvantage (more a welcome bonus), but Coffman starter bulges are not mentioned in the instructions.
Conclusion: A simple and effective conversion to a Spitfire Mk.II or early Mk.V using Tamiya, Airfix or Hasegawa kits.

Reviewed by Brett Green


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FirstLook

 

Red Roo Models' latest converion is a 1/48 scale Rotol spinner and propeller blade set.

This will permit the modeller to build a Spitfire Mk.II or early Mk.V using the new or old Tamiya Spitfire Mk.I, Tamiya Mk.Vb, Airfix Mk.I/V kits or Hasegawa's Mk.Vb.

Seven parts are perfectly cast in grey resin.

 

 

Three of these are the new Rotol propeller blades. These are keyed to fit in the supplied resin spinner backplate. The pitch is assured by a locating pin and hole for each propeller blade.

 

 

The hollow spinner cap is a separate part.

 

 

Not mentioned in the instructions but cast either side of the spinner base plate are two Coffman starter bulges.

 

 

The Spitfire Mk.II was fitted with a Coffman starter and a small bulged fairing was fitted on the starboard side of the lower nose to accomodate the mechanism. Just the one starter bulge is required, so if you have a friend who has been waiting on one of these for their own project, they are in luck!

 

 

As far as I am aware, the only other external difference between the Mk.I and Mk.II was the deletion of the hatch below the opening for the starter crank that was used for the electric starter system of earlier and some later versions of the Merlin. This will be easy to fill and sand flush.

Cleanup should be quick and easy. A razor saw, new hobby blade and sanding stick will make short work of the casting blocks.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

This is a simple and effective conversion to a Spitfire Mk.II or early Mk.V using Tamiya, Airfix or Hasegawa kits.

There are some nice marking options for the Spitfire Mk.II out there too!

Thanks to Red Roo Models for the sample


Review and Images Copyright 2020 by Brett Green
Page Created 19 May, 2020
Last updated 20 May, 2020

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