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3 hours ago, Rick Griewski said:

Yup I am looking forward to lack of engine.  I have evolved into a cockpit details are priority kind of guy.  

Agreed, I like my planes to look ready for scramble - great cockpit detail and unblemished aesthetics i.e. no bloody panels off.

Each to their own ofcourse. :)

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6 hours ago, jbrennan said:

Sorry to point it out Mozart but the prop is a De-haviland three blade two speed jobie. Yes I too used to wonder why the pilots were wearing a diving mask. 

regards

jon

Yes I had spotted that Jon but was pretending not to! :coolio:

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1 hour ago, RadBaron said:

 

I had this problem too, you have to manually type in your address, as opposed to using auto-fill. As you type your address in, it gives suggestions as to which address you're using. As you keep typing, your address will pop up as a suggestion. 

It was a head scratcher for sure :D

 

I had that problem, only auto-filled the first line of the address, put two in the shopping cart, when they added $50 for VAT, I bailed out.

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2 hours ago, Rick Griewski said:

This kit is cheaper than the Tamiya Spitfires.  It’s seems $40-60 USD extra buys you an engine.  

And indeed on top of your point, this kit has raised the level of detail included from the Tamiya kit with more detail in the cockpit, wheel wells and so on.  Then I suspect that this will take a more refined look at the exterior than even Tamiya has.  You see in the parts break down additional sub parts that are designed at the minimum to eliminate panel lines.  

 

I think we are going to see things in the surface detail we have not seen, take a look at the extensive surface detail that is incorporated in the Border Lancaster, designed by some of the same people.  I think we are going to see a new take on surface detail that will be even more realistic than what we have seen from Tamiya.  I do not mean oil canning over the surface, someone is going to jump on me for implying that when I am not.  I am speaking in terms of subtle imperfections that may be characteristic of the spitfire and would show up typically on the surface or fine fabric detail.  

 

There is a cheaper option, Revell makes it.  It may be a Mark II but it is a perfect example of what it takes to get to cheap.  Fewer parts, less research, less accuracy.  If someone wants cheap that is out there.

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Very exciting stuff, they clearly have multiple boxings planned and I'm sure other Mk's of the Spitfire which will sell like hot cakes and then couple that in with new undisclosed "kitsets" less the paint and glue they have in the pipeline Kotare are going to be, hopefully very successful.

 

Regards. Andy 

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7 hours ago, cbk57 said:

The Tamiya Mk IX with engine retails for more than this kit.  They are not so expensive used but retail on the Tamiya Mk ix in the US is $185.00 having built three I have never spent that much on one though.  Usually 75 to 80 pre owned.

Ebay has the Tamiya Spitfire Mk. 8, 9 and 16 presently selling for between $75.00 and a little over $100.00 all over ebay, unopened and brand new.  There are a few listings higher than that, but one only need be selective in buying.

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For those of you who prefer to paint your markings but don't have a craft cutter, TopNotch Masks has you covered:

https://topnotchmasks.com/shop/camo-masks/spitfire-mk-ia-dw-k/

https://topnotchmasks.com/shop/insignia/spitfire-mk-ia-dw-k-2/

 

They have really expanded their range of offerings as well, including multiple Spitfire choices: https://topnotchmasks.com/shop/

 

Cheers,  Tom

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I really wish Kotare much success on their sales of the Spitfire Mk I! It appears to be a superb kit and I can only hope that they produce an accurate Mk VB in the future! Many of us (I'm sure) have pined for a mid-war Spitfire to replace the venerable Hasegawa kit that while generally accurate, is clearly in need of serious work in order to bring it up to a standard near what the industry is beginning to churn out ( Revell, Tamiya, etc). 

For those of you chaps who get the Kotare boxing, I am looking forward to seeing your builds on LSP.

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3 hours ago, cbk57 said:

You see in the parts break down additional sub parts that are designed at the minimum to eliminate panel lines.  

I'm just in the middle of building the old Matchbox F24 spit - last time I did that Thatcher and Reagan where playing as a duo. I'd completely forgotten what that kit was like until this week, panel lines are the deepest and widest I've ever seen !  Anyway, back on topic, I did note that it uses the same wing connection panels. I'm 1 million percent certain that will be the only similarity (ignoring the fact it's made of plastic, needs to be built & painted and they are both sexy spits !!).

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2 hours ago, esarmstrong said:

Ebay has the Tamiya Spitfire Mk. 8, 9 and 16 presently selling for between $75.00 and a little over $100.00 all over ebay, unopened and brand new.  There are a few listings higher than that, but one only need be selective in buying.

I am making a comparison of retail cost of the Tamiya kit with an engine to the retail price of the Kotare kit without an engine.  I did acknowledge and state that I have never spent retail price on a Tamiya spit and have built three of them.  This point was to address the relative cost at retail of a high quality kit with engine detail and a high quality new kit without engine detail that retails for less money.  

 

My source for price is Tamiya U.S.A.S. website ebay is irrelevant is this was a comparison of retail prices and you cannot buy Kotares spitfire at a discount from retail right now.  5 years from now maybe you can buy the Kotare kit on ebay for $75.00 or less but that does not matter right now.

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15 minutes ago, dennismcc said:

Well I had to do it, on back order at Hannants despite being a tad over budget, well it is a Spitfire after all.

I just did the same, I was going to resist as that's over a months modelling budget for me and I already have 5 early Revell Spits built. However, I want Kotare to produce more and varied kits and they will only do that if these sell well. Also looking to get the Southern Expo Hornchurch decals mentioned in this thread, one of the HE111's shot down by Malan crashed about a mile from where I live and it's got a sky blue underside rather than sky so will add something different to my collection. Now just need to tell the wife I need to dip into the housekeeping pot - gulp !!!

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