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Hawker Typhoon Ib

by Franck Oudin

 

Hawker Typhoon
175 Sqn. RAF, England, 1943

 

 

Description

 

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.

 

 

Painting and Decals

 

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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Model, Text and Photographs Copyright 1999 by Franck Oudin
Page Created 07 October, 1999
Last Updated 26 July, 2007

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