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Spitfire Mk. IX Wing Correction Set for Revell

BarracudaCast, 1/32 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number, Scale, Description and Price:

BarracudaCast Item No. BR32340 - Spitfire Mk. IX Wing Correction Set for Revell

Contents and Media: Ten parts in pale yellow resin
Scale: 1/32
Price and Availability: USD$14.95 plus shipping available online from Barracuda Studio's website
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Complete solution to what is probably the Revell 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc's biggest shortcoming - the lack of recessed intake and outlet ramps on the bottom of the wings; perfect casting; better detailed than kit parts; noticeable upgrade.
Disadvantages: Some experience with kit surgery will be helpful.
Conclusion: Once you have seen Revell's flat radiator intakes on their 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc, you can't un-see them - or at least I couldn't! BarracudaCast's Spitfire Mk.IX Correction Set will totally solve this problem with recessed intake and outlet ramps for the kit wings, full-depth and properly detailed radiator faces and brand new radiator housings with separate cooling flaps. This is a big improvement for Revell's 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc.

Reviewed by Brett Green

F i r s t L o o k

 

 

One of the biggest problems with Revell's 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc kit is the simplified wing radiator assemblies. Revell has moulded the ceiling of the wing radiators flat, along with the rest of the bottom wing, with only shallow side recesses for the radiator housings.

 

 

The intake and outlet ramps should actually be recessed noticeably into the wing.

This lack of recessed ramps is really quite noticeable on the model. It also results in undersized radiator faces.

The Revell 1/32 Spitfire Spitfire Mk.II kit shared this shortcoming, but it is twice the problem on the Mk.IX with its two wing radiators.

Barracuda Studios released a wing correction set for the Spitfire Mk.II back in 2014, and I am now delighted to report that Roy has now turned his attention to the Mk.IXc.

BarracudaCast's 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk. IX Wing Correction Set comprises ten parts in cream coloured resin and instructions.

 

 

Two replacement radiators are supplied. These are made up from inserts/plugs with recessed ramps, front and rear radiator faces, radiator housings and cooling flaps.

 

 

Detail of the resin parts is better than the kit, particularly the radiator faces. The difference in height between the undernourished kit parts and the resin replacements is quite striking too.

 

 

Each of the four radiator faces is keyed on the rear to ensure their correct location.

The resin parts are cast onto relatively thin attachments that should be pretty fast and easy to clean up before assembly. Just be careful when removing the centre spine from the inside of the radiator housings.

 

 

The first step of assembly will be to carefully cut out the openings for the resin ramps from the bottom of the kit wings. Take your time with this task. I'll use a combination of scribe to deepen the cutting lines followed by repeated scoring with a new blade to remove the flat plastic.

Once this surgery is complete, the installation of the resin parts will be straightforward.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

Once you have seen Revell's flat radiator intakes on their 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc, you can't un-see them - or at least I couldn't!

BarracudaCast's Spitfire Mk.IX Correction Set will totally solve this problem with recessed intake and outlet ramps for the kit wings, full-depth and properly detailed radiator faces and brand new radiator housings with separate cooling flaps.

This is a big improvement for Revell's 1/32 scale Spitfire Mk.IXc.

Thanks to Barracuda Studios for the images and information


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Last updated 16 June, 2021

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