Eduard have recently released a Bf 109F propeller and spinner set in their Brassin range. Intended as an upgrade for their new-tool kit (see review of the Bf 109F-4 HERE
), the set could obviously be used with other manufacturers’ models too (although it might not be a guaranteed fit).
Arriving in clear blister pack, the set comprises:
7 x dark grey resin pieces
2 x etched brass pieces (one of which is a spare)
The casting is basically perfect in the sample set, with no flash to speak of and delicate embossed rivets and panel lines. The internal detail is very impressive with a finely rendered propeller hub integral with the spinner’s back-plate, and the spinner itself hollowed out like a standard kit part. There’s a separate cannon barrel with a hollowed-out muzzle, and Eduard supply a neat jig to ensure the propeller blades are set at the correct angle and pitch. The one etched part provides a tiny ring around the cannon opening in the tip of the spinner.
The clearly illustrated instructions should ensure a trouble-free assembly and include colour matches for Gunze Sangyo paint for all the details. So on the face of it you’d assume it would be an ideal first mixed-media upgrade for beginners to cut their teeth on.
I will sound a note of caution, though, because to achieve this quality has involved some awkward casting blocks that could lead newcomers into trouble. For instance, the spinner back-plate is attached to a very hefty plinth with quite a shallow guide-slot to cut in, and you will have to be absolutely accurate in your sanding or you’ll damage the part and the spinner will sit cock-eyed. Meanwhile, to cast the spinner hollow has meant pour stubs attached to the exterior in the most prominent place imaginable. So, once again, extremely careful sanding will be required or you’ll risk ruining the spinner.
Eduard’s spinner and propeller set is beautifully produced and should be a very worthwhile upgrade - just be aware the parts will need careful preparation. Recommended for reasonably experienced modellers.
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