Eduard's 1/48 scale
Hawker Tempest Mk. V
“Le Grand Charles”
by Roland Sachsenhofer
Hawker Tempest Mk. V “Le Grand Charles”
Eduard's 1/48 scale Hawker Tempest is available online from Squadron
Eduard has recently re- released its Tempest kit as a “Profi Pack”, equipped with all the helpful resin and etched parts to provide a comfortable assembly. As soon as I got this kit I decided to build this kit twice, as a Tempest kit from the first edition did wait on my stash for some time.
The plastic parts of both editions are nearly similar, showing all the signs of a short run kit. The main difference is the canopy. In the older package you will find the teardrop as a relatively thick one piece affair whereas the recent edition allows to display an open cockpit.
The Tempest shown here has been build from this early edition, detailing was mainly done with hypothermic needles for the gun muzzles and copper wire representing the brake lines. I also copied some etched details in the wheel bay area I have seen on the etched parts of the second “Profi Pack” kit.
My Tempest represents SN222, one of the aircraft flown by Free French ace Pierre Clostermann with No. 3 Squadron in early 1945. Having been impressed by his haunting wartime memories publication “Le grand cirque“ I was glad being able to build “Le Grand Charles”, as he had baptized this Tempest.
If you are interested in the building process, please have a look on the workbench at the JAM Forum:
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2013 by Roland Sachsenhofer
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13 June, 2013
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