Spitfire Mk.IX bronze landing gear
Metal is still synonymous for strong and durable and in some limited level, it is still used in model kits. In past use was much wider but today is far less. Among the most prominent series of products is the Brassin series with bronze landing gear. Eduard do a lot of bronze products and here is bronze landing gear for Spitfire.
On my desk is few boxes of various bronze Brassin landing gear for Spitfire and I decide to use the one with stock code 672135 and reason is that my kit demand this set. Kit I built is in 1/72 scale, so set is in same scale and it is bronze leg with five spoke wheels and smooth tire. If you have take a look on Spitfire Mk. IX images, you will realize that they have different type of tire as well wheels. Eduard do took great attention and make sets with all of this variations. On you is just to take a look what type you need.
Inside- two resin parts, two bronze legs, sheet of protective mask for tire and instruction leaflet. All of this packed in plastic transparent box. Work is absolute easy, you need no machine workshop to work with bronze, they are cast perfectly, no mold base. They have tiny line on mold join line and to smooth it, just slide razor edge over it few times. And you get smooth area and line. Similar simplicity with resin parts, remove it and this is it. Just smooth line where it was connected to mold base.
Paint is easy, metal leg are in silver color with high polished oleo area, landing gear door goes into external colors and wheels are silver center and rubber in rubber color. Fix into position is more then easy, I was feel uncomfortable with bronze parts, how they will fit into holes and the fit perfectly and easy, absolute no adjusting work and handling.
I mention that this is not only one bronze set, here is what else you have:
672134 Spitfire Mk. IX undercarriage legs (no wheels inside)
672136 Spitfire Mk. IX legs BRONZE w/5 spoke wheels, pattern
672137 Spitfire Mk. IX legs BRONZE w/4 spoke wheels, smooth tire
672138 Spitfire Mk. IX legs BRONZE w/4 spoke wheels, pattern
They are all in 1/72 scale and dedicated to Eduard Spitfire in 1/72 scale. But not to forget some more basic products, they are not with bronze but also worth to use:
672106 Spitfire Mk. IX wheels – 5 spoke, smooth tire
672107 Spitfire Mk. IX wheels – 5 spoke, w/pattern
672108 Spitfire Mk. IX wheels – 4 spoke, smooth tire
672109 Spitfire Mk. IX wheels – 4 spoke, w/pattern