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Hawker Typhoon Radiators

RB Productions, 1/24 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number and Description

RB Productions Item No. RB-P24007 – 1/24 Hawker Typhoon Radiators

Scale

1/24 scale

Contents and Media

Photo-etched steel; pre-cut card; black and white fold out instruction sheet.

Price

Euro 8.95 available on-line from RB Productions

Review Type

First Look

Advantages

Fine detail; accurate; brief but comprehensive instructions.

Disadvantages

None noted.

Conclusion

This set looks straightforward to use and will make a highly visible improvement to your big Typhoon model. Highly recommended


Reviewed by Brad Fallen


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F i r s t L o o k

 

The chin-mounted radiator is a prominent feature of any Hawker Typhoon model, especially if it’s been built from one of Airfix’s magnificent 1/24 kits.  And while the plastic parts Airfix provides for the radiator are very good, Radu Brinzan from RB Productions has released a photo-etched enhancement set that is several notches better.  I’ve included some photos of the etched and plastic parts side by side, and the former win hands-down in terms of detail.

 

 

The RB Productions set consists of four parts that have been etched from stainless steel:  two large ovals representing the water cooler elements, and two smaller, circular oil cooler faces.  Modellers scarred from grappling with the steel etch in some of Dragon’s old kits needn’t worry about similar experiences here.  No bending is required, and the attachment points between the etched parts and their surrounding fret are commendably thin.

Using the parts is straightforward – they are designed to attach directly to the equivalent kit parts (the front and back sections of the Typhoon’s radiator).  However anyone who’s tried to attach mesh screens to a model knows this can be tricky to do without glue smears, and the instructions provide some useful tips for avoiding this.

 

  • RB Productions 1/24 Hawker Typhoon Radiator Faces Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • RB Productions 1/24 Hawker Typhoon Radiator Faces Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • RB Productions 1/24 Hawker Typhoon Radiator Faces Review by Brad Fallen: Image
  • RB Productions 1/24 Hawker Typhoon Radiator Faces Review by Brad Fallen: Image
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To see the set in action, take a look at Steve Budd’s excellent build of Airfix’s new 1/24 ‘Car Door’ Mk.Ib in the September 2016 edition of Airfix Model World magazine.  Steve uses the set in conjunction with Barracuda Studios’ 1/24 carburettor intake ring to achieve a very convincing radiator assembly for his model.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

This set looks almost foolproof to use and will make a highly visible improvement to your big Typhoon model. 

Highly Recommended.


 

References

  • Richard A. Franks, The Hawker Typhoon including the Hawker Tornado – A Complete Guide to the RAF’s Classic Ground-Attack Fighter (Valiant Wings, 2011)
  • Steve Budd, ‘Desert Storm’, Airfix Model World, Issue 70, September 2016

Thanks to RB Productions for the review sample.


 

Text and Images Copyright 2017 by Brad Fallen
This Page Created on 7 June, 2017
Last updated 7 June, 2017

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