- Published on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00 David Johnson
1/32 Beer Kegs for Tamiya Mk.IX Spitfire
Catalogue # 32065
Available directly from ProfiModeller for 319,00 CZK
During the Second World War, brewery Henegar and Constable donated free beer to the Troops. After the D-Day landings in Normandy, supplying the war effort with critical supplies was already an issue and as you could imagine, carting liquid refreshments was pushed down the vital supply list. Some crafty soldiers were able to source the non-essential supplies from the locals or by other means. It was the RAF Spitfire pilots that ended up with a better solution. This was eventually recognised as an official modification by the RAF... It was called Modification XXX!
With the new Mk.IX Spitfire variant, one of its improvements/developments were under wing pylons for external fuel tanks and bombs. But with a bit of clever ingenuity it was discovered that a pylon could be modified to carry nearly anything... including Beer Kegs!
ProfiModeller have designed a neat conversion set for the modification XXX to be used on the 1/32 Tamiya Mk.IX Spitfire. Which is available directly from their website, Product # 32065 (http://www.profimodeller.com/detail/32065-beer-kegs-spitfire/)
This set contains 34 resin parts for the beer kegs, 1 Photo Etch Fret, 1 plastic rod and a sheet of vinyl paint masks for two beer carrying Spitfire schemes.
The resin parts are cast in a cream coloured resin, which are beautifully cast and are free of air bubbles or any imperfections. The resin staves have a wood grain cast into them, so if you are worried about wood grain finishes you will just need to paint and just add an oil wash with a darker brown to bring out the wood grain. The PE fret carries the metal hoops for each barrel and mounting plates for the pylons. The vinyl mask set includes serial numbers and squadron codes for two Spitfires, but you will have to use the kits decals or source your vinyl paint masks for the roundel and fin flash. The two Spitfires that are included –
- Spitfire Mk.IXc, MK823, JE-J JR, Wing Commander J.E. "Johnnie" Johnson, 144th Wing, June 1944.
- Spitfire Mk.IXc, MH978, M-FF, 132nd Wing RAF, June1944.
So what do we think?
Throughout different conflicts there have been some "interesting" items attached to aircraft, and this surely is one of them! An interesting and easy conversion set for the Tamiya Mk.IX Spitfire kit which will surely make your Spitfire pop out of out of a row of them!
Our sincere thanks to ProfiMoldeller for the review sample used here. To purchase this directly, click THIS link.
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