Hawker Typhoon Ib
by Franck Oudin
This is the Hasegawa 1/48 scale Hawker Typhoon Mk1b "Car Door" version.
The kit is beautiful and a fairly easy building project. However, you must be careful when assembling the four main parts for the cockpit. There is a small gap to fill, but nothing very serious.
The other trick is the gap at the wing root. As a remedy I placed a sprue spacer to widen the fuselage. The gap disappeared!
The Eduard photoetched set was used for this kit. I removed the landings flaps and replaced them with the PE parts.
To glue these large PE parts I used an Epoxy glue to ensure a solid bond.
I used Gunze acrylics H-73 RAF Dark Green and RAF Ocean Sea grey H-75. I used H-335 for the Medium Sea Grey for the underwing. I chose to paint the sky band (Gunze H-74), the yellow band on the wings (Gunze H-24) and the black and white identification stripes under the wings. The paint does look much more realistic than decals.
Gunze H-312 was used for the interior and the wheel well. I used Aeromaster RAF roundels and the box letters for the code. The aircraft is from the 175 Squadron and was based in England during 1943. After the model was finished I "post-faded" panels using Tamiya XF-57 Buff diluted at 90%. This method requires that every panels of the aircraft is lightly oversprayed.
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