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Iron Maiden Aces High Spitfire Mk.II (07047) - 1:32 Revell

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Iron Maiden Aces High Spitfire Mk.II (07047)

1:32 Revell

 

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The Spitfire II was created when the early mark I Spitfire was fitted with  the new 1,175 HP Merlin XII engine, but enough about that! In 1984 Iron Maiden released their fifth studio album "Powerslave". Track one on this album was "Aces High" with the lyrics being written from the view point of an RAF Battle Of Britain Pilot. The art work for this song features the bands mascot "Eddie the Head" in the cockpit of a Spitfire. Aces High would go on to be one of the bands most popular songs and would often feature as the opening song for concerts. 

 

 

The Kit

This is a re-release of Revell's 2014 new tool kit with a new spure containing two "Eddie" figures and a new decal sheet. If building the kit with the seated "Eddie" at the controls then the first thing for the modeller to do is build that figure. Next up the cockpit for him to sit in is built up. and said Eddie can be placed in. After a few extra parts are included in the fuselage sides, and the tail wheel is added; the cockpit can be placed inside the fuselage and it closed up.

 

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Next up the wing are made up. There is one single lower, and left/right uppers. The main wheel wells must be placed inside the wings before the go together. They can now be added to the fuselage. The tailplanes and their control surfaces are now made up, and along with the rudder can be added to the fuselage. The ailerons are also added to the wings at this time., with the wing tips going on also.  On the underside of the fuselage the underside part of the engine cowling completes that.  Flaps can then be added either in the open or closed positions. 

 

 

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On the underside of the wings the oil cooler and main radiator are added along with the centre line carb intake. The engine exhausts can then go on as well. Next up the main landing gear is constructed and added to the aircraft. The cockpit door goes on either open, or closed and the canopy is attached. Last up the prop is made up and placed on the front. Revell have also supplied a standing Eddie figure if you don't want to use the sitting one, or if you want to use both! 

 

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Markings

There are markings for the aircraft in the video and the aircraft for the stage show.  These are printing in Italy by Cartograf so should pose no problems. 

 

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Conclusion

It's always good to see a Spitfire kit, even more so this one. Very Highly recommended if you are an Iron Maiden fan.

 

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Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit

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Love iron maiden (hence my avatar) and will likely pick one up eventually. Great review 

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