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  1. Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) is to release in 2021 a family of 1/72nd Hawker Tempest kits. Source: http://www.modelarovo.cz/novinky-kovozavody-prostejov-na-1-q-2021/ - ref. KPM0219 - Tempest Mk.V - Wing Commanders https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-tempest-mkv-wing-commanders-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72219-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=175515 - ref. KPM0220 - Tempest Mk.V - Clostermann https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-tempest-mkv-clostermann-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72220-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=175516 - ref. KPM0221 - Tempest Mk.V - Srs.1 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/KPM72222 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-tempest-mkv-srs-1-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72221-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=177481 - ref. KPM0222 - Tempest Mk.V - 486.(NZ) SQ https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-tempest-mkv-no-486nzsq-kovozvody-prostejov-kpm72222-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=175517 - ref. KPM0226 - Tempest Mk.II - Export - ref. KPM0227 - Tempest Mk.II/F.2 - ref. KPM0228 - Tempest F.2 - Silver Wings V.P.
  2. Eduard is to release from late 2020 or early 2021 1/48th Hawker Tempest Mk.II kits Source: https://www.eduard.com/out/media/InfoEduard/archive/2020/info-eduard-2020-01.pdf V.P.
  3. Building the Special Hobby Tempest Mk.V 1/32 Scale Build Guide Series No.8 KLP Publishing Online publishing is now starting to find its way into the modelling community. KLP Publishing is one of the new online publishers, specialising in eBooks for the scale aircraft modelling community. Their debut title Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K.J. "Brick" Bricknell reviewed here has proved to be a success. They have since done titles on the Bird Dog, Spitfire XIVe, AEG G.IV Late, FW 189, He 219. P-51 and Ki-45. Their latest title tackles building Special Hobby's 1/32 Tempest Mk.V. This was done by modeller Chuck Sawyer. Here the build looks at some of the aftermarket that is available for the kit . As well as this a virtual review of the different SH kits are covered. The author looks at Airscale cockpit decals, Barracuda up grades including the whole nose section. Tutorials are included for decanting aerosol paints, masking & painting markings, salt weathering, and the use of HGW wet transfers Also of use to the modeller is appendices covering Aftermarket, and reference work available for the kit. Conclusion This is the type of publication that the new digital format is made for. If you want a book for a specific build having a digital publication saves you space on your bookshelves. This is clearly a book written by modellers for modellers. The text is clear and concise and the great selection of crisp pictures is welcome, many more than you would get in a printed publication. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  4. Please let me know what you think and any suggestions/advice/techniques are welcome! Thanks! After a long absence from these pages ( I have been lurking once in awhile) I present a WIP of the new Revell 1/32 Tempest Mk.V. This of course a re-issue of the Special Hobby kit. I will be using the Barracuda Studios nose correction set and wheels/tires. I bought Roy's seat too but I think the kit parts are superior in this rare case. I believe the Barracuda seat was designed for Revell's older Typhoon??? In regards to the kit I can say the following: - Moulding quality looks excellent. Fine engraving, rivets and raised detail. A really nice kit! - Heavy sprue gates. These are sometimes very heavy and can make cleaning up some of the tiny parts very tricky, - Fit is pretty good. Dry fitting is a must. I had to drill out a few locating holes to be a little larger. I cut off the locating pins on the drop tanks, stabilisers, elevators and rudder to get better algnment. - Decals seem good so far. Thin, in register and settle down very well with Microsol and Set. I haven't tried Gunze, Tamiya or Daco solvents yet. - Instructions are so-so. Clear illustrations with colour indicating newly installed parts but they do not show where cockpit components fit clearly. Just an arrow to the general area. Luckily I have an Eduard Tempest kit, a couple of photos and the internet to help. Anyway here we go... All interior parts were first sprayed with Tamiya X18 semi-gloss black. Green areas are XF-71 Cockpit Green lightly airbrushed, allowing lighter and darker areas. All parts were drybrushed with an off-white mix, clear coated with future, black oil paint/lighter fluid wash then finished with a mix of Future and Tamiya flat clear. Extra dry-brushing and picking out details as needed with Vallejo acrylics. The stencils are included in the Revell kit. The kit's decals were used for the instrument panel except for the lower right one. This was replaced with a Mike Grant decal as the kit one was rather ugly. The placards are from the Mike Grant set. The decals settled very well using Microsol and Microset. The panel was given a seni-gloss finish and the dials were then filled with Tamiya X22 Clear. The depressed area at the top should be an opening in the panel and a copper tank is visible. I used a piece of round scrap, painted copper to represent the tank. It looks crap in this close up but OK once in the fuselage (and viewed from 4' away). The red handle on the lower right side is not mentioned in the instructions. It is the canopy jettison handle. There is a spare handle on the sprue (maybe from the Mk. II?), I drilled a hole and dropped it in. I used Kamizukuri paper seat belts. I LOVE these but they seem hard to find nowadays. I modified them by splitting the top of the shoulder belts to fit over the attachment bars. From the references I found, which are limited I THINK the Sutton harness secondary harness fits through the hole in the seatback. Why else would the hole be there? Note I have not added the locking clip (included in the Kamizukuri set) and the locking pin (scratchbuilt from copper wire) in this picture. Bringing together these componenets is a little fiddly but it does work. Dry-fitting showed that some of the locating holes needed to be drilled a little larger. I LOVE those Kamizukuri paper seatblets! The straps are just drybrushed lightly with brown. The rivets were picked out with copper and the buckles were sprayed dull stainless steel. The buckles come on their own sheet. The die cutting is extremely fine and the paper material is quite tough and stands up to threading the straps through them. Here you can see the locking pin and clip hanging on copper wire. MIght be a while till the next installment - it's that time of year. Any comments or hints are welcome! Cheers for now
  5. Tempest Mk V & VI Fuselage Fuel and Oil Tanks 1:32 CMK by Special Hobby If you are wanting to do a diorama with your Special Hobby Tempest then this set provides new fuselage oil & fuel tanks, plus the bulkheads and fittings. Also provided is a new cowl to display next to the model. All the parts are very well cast. with no issues visible at all. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  6. Hawker Tempest Mk.II/V/VI Masks 1:32 Special Hobby These masks are for the Special Hobby kit, which has also been re-boxed by Revell. Review sample courtesy of
  7. Hello Folks Ever since reading the Pierre Clostermann’s Big Show as a teenager I’ve had a thing about the Hawker Tempest Mk V. I think it is something about it’s elegant menace - think Lauren Bacall in a ball gown accessorized with bovver boots and a knuckleduster - that does it for me. This is the venerable Heller kit nearly ten years in the making as I gradually pick up model making again. I’ve used some Scale Resin aftermarket to replace the kit wheels (one of which was lost to the carpet monster) as well as the kit’s rudimentary exhaust stubs. I’ve also scratch built the gunsight, radiator cooling flap and the distinctive air intake dust filter as well. All paints are Vallejo Model Air. Decals are from the Almark C12 sheet celebrating Sgt. Mac Kennaugh. From this sheet the kit is finished as NV980 (US H) of 56 sqn. According to Chris Thomas’s Tempest Illustrated History for Eduard* this was delivered to 56 sqn in March 1945, damaged in action, repaired, returned to unit (as US J) and then lost due to enemy flak by 24 April. Barely a month and a half in theatre; a pervading theme of attrition also running through the later chapters of the Big Show. From the Chris’s book I have used the picture of it with US X (presumably soon after delivery) as a reference, I have kept the weathering light accordingly. * Yes. I do have the Eduard Royal Boxing for the Tempest Mk V. Given that it has taken 10 years for me to complete this small kit do not expect to see this showing up as a RFI any time soon!
  8. Tempest Napier Sabre Engine (4393 for Eduard) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby Eduard’s new Tempest is hardly light on detail, but the cowling is moulded closed with no engine within. The Sabre is a huge lump with a H-shaped block and sleeve-valves in order to produce up to 2,000hp, it was shoe-horned into the Tempest’s fuselage with little room to spare. This set from CMK is a resin upgrade to the kit with 54 detailed parts on 15 casting blocks in grey resin, and arrives in a yellow-themed blister pack with header card and instructions within. The kit will need to be adjusted with your finest razor saw to remove the cowling from the exhaust stacks upwards, and back to the firewall joint, as shown in the instructions. The main part of the upper engine is supplied in one large piece of resin to which the ancillary parts are added, then the firewall, supports and some more ancillaries are glued in place, including some delicate hoses, tiny catches/levers (with spares supplied) and just a little extra 0.3mm and 0.5mm wire from your own supplies needed, which is pointed out in blue. The exhausts are fitted individually on each side, and the thick cowling panels you removed earlier are replaced with highly detailed and more scale accurate new parts to be placed around the airframe on the wings or ground. You should note that the underside of the engine isn’t depicted, just from the exhausts up for light maintenance. There is another set that includes the tanks between the firewall and instrument panel if you feel like removing more panels. No colour call-outs are given during construction, but if you google “Napier Sabre Engine” you’ll be able to find plenty of images to help you out, with a choice of green or shades of grey to black for the block seeming to be your main choices. Conclusion The detail in this set is phenomenal, and with sympathetic painting it should look superb on your finished model. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Hawker Tempest Mk.V Series 2 (82121) 1:48 Eduard ProfiPACK The Tempest was a development of the Typhoon, originally called the Typhoon II, it was envisioned to solve any and all of the issues that bothered its designer Sidney Camm. The main difference was a much thinner wing which reduced drag and improved aerodynamics of the laminar airflow. The wings could accommodate 20mm Hispano cannons that packed an enormous punch, and lent itself to the low-level attack role that it was designed for. The engines intended to power the aircraft were the Centaurus, Griffon and Sabre IV, and initially the Rolls-Royce Vulture, which was terminated early in the design phase, leaving the three options going forward and necessitating substantially different cowlings to accommodate their differing shapes. The Mark V was split into two series, with the Series 1 having the Sabre II that had a similar chin intake to the Typhoon and many Typhoon parts, while the later Series 2 used fewer Typhoon parts and had their cannon barrels shortened so they fitted flush with the leading edge on the wings. A few of the early Mk.Vs were used as test beds, while other marks were developed alongside it, such as the Mk.IIs with Centaurus engines and a cylindrical cowl; Mk.VIs which had a very short production run; the Mk.III and Mk.IV that used a two types of Griffon engine and didn't see service, and later the TT.Mk.5, which is where a lot of Mk.Vs ended their days towing targets. The Kit This is a complete 100% new tool, and shouldn't be confused with their older Tempest V that's been around for a while. It arrives in the standard ProfiPACK box, with a brand new painting on the front showing two Tempests in flight. Following on the heels of their recent Spitfire, 109 and 190 toolings, the Tempest is packed with surface detail that is at the leading edge of moulding technology and skill. The interior is similarly well detailed with pre-painted PE instrument panel and seatbelts amongst other parts. Inside the box are five sprues of dark grey styrene, a circular sprue of clear parts, a separate clear spure, a sheet of pre-painted and nickel-plated Photo-Etch (PE), a set of canopy masks in yellow kabuki tape (not shown). The series 2 kit contains almost the same plastic as the series 1 kit reviewed here. Construction begins in the cockpit, which has a solid floor and framework sides, exposing the interior of the fuselage behind, which has been detailed by the designers inside the fuselage halves, showing great attention to detail. The seat, control column and rudder pedals are fitted to the solid areas, while the instrument panel and side consoles are suspended from the framework sides, which fit between the front and rear bulkheads, the latter being armoured and supporting the seat with a small framework of parts. The pre-painted belts are attached to the seat before installation, and more PE is used in the side consoles, resulting in a very neat and well-detailed cockpit. Before the fuselage can be closed around it, the interior area needs to be painted black, the simple tail-wheel bay needs constructing, and the complex radiator intake is built up from a substantial number of parts, which are shown with the correct order noted for your ease. The final parts for the cockpit interior are fitted to the fuselage sides at this point, so that they show through the framework once it is installed. The lower wing is a single full-span part, and as you would expect the upper wings are separate parts that have the landing gear bay roof detail moulded in. The sides of the bays are added along with some detail parts in both bays, at which point the wings can be closed up, inserts go in the leading edge for the cannon openings. The whole assembly joined with the fuselage, and once the tail with its separate rudder and elevators are fitted, that's the airframe ostensibly complete. The cockpit aperture is over-large, which allows an insert to be dropped in after it is fitted out with detail parts specific to this variant, the elevators and cannon barrel inserts are added to the wings, and it's then time to build and fit the landing gear. The tail wheel has a two part strut with Y-shaped yoke and separate two-part wheel that has an anti-shimmy groove moulded in, and two bay doors plus actuator for when the leg is retracted in flight. The main gear wheels have a large two-part balloon tyre, and separate hubs for both sides to obtain the most detail. There is no tread, so hiding the seam on the tyre's contact patch will be easy. The gear legs are a single part each, and have a complex single-part retraction jack that extends inboard into the bay, with large captive bay covers on the leg, and smaller inner doors that fold toward each other on the centreline. A drop-down stirrup is fixed to the underside of the fuselage for the pilot, a pitot probe added to the wing. On the topside the two-part canopy is attached, with the opener having a styrene insert for added detail that latches into the track, with a whip-antenna just behind its furthest point when open. The four-bladed prop is a single part that is attached to the back-plate and spinner cap, then glued to the front of the fuselage along with a pair of exhaust stubs, which don't have hollow tips. Take care to select the correct prop for your build option as they do differ. The canopy masks also include a pair of dots for the tail wheel, and tread-plate masks for the root of each wing that will be useful to cover up an initial squirt of black before you begin painting the main colours. For weapons anything you want as long as it is rockets are included in the kit they are on the sprues in the shape of eight unguided rockets with moulded-in rails of the simplified and more traditional early types, plus eight separate tail fins, enough for one set of rockets. Markings There are six decal options included with this ProfiPACK edition, and due to this aircraft's service and duties, half of them are shown in D-Day markings, with the familiar black and white invasion stripes that stopped them getting shot at by their own people. The sheet is combined with a set of stencils. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the box you can build one of the following: JN803, No. 486 (RNZAF) Squadron, No. 122 Wing, B.80 Volkel, the Netherlands, October 1944 NV994, No. 3 Squadron, No. 122 Wing, B. 112 Hopsten, Germany, April 1945 NV994, No. 3 Squadron, No. 122 Wing, B.152 Fassberg, Germany, June 1945 JN862, No. 3 Squadron, No. 150 Wing, RAF Newchurch, Great Britain, June 1944 NV708, flown by W/Cdr. John Chester Button DSO, DFC, CO of No. 123 Wing, RAF Station Wunstorf, Germany, 1946/ 47 EJ865, No. 80 Squadron, No. 123 Wing, RAF Station Wunstorf, Germany, October 1947 Conclusion This is another stunning looking kit from Eduard who seem to be bringing us what we want at the moment. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Anigrand is to release in December 2018 a 1/72nd BAE Tempest II resin kit - ref. AA-2138 Source: http://www.anigrand.com/future_releases.htm V.P.
  11. Hawker Tempest Mk.VI (SH32055) 1:32 Special Hobby The Tempest was a development of the Typhoon. Originally called the Typhoon II, it was intended to solve any and all of the issues that bothered its designer Sidney Camm. The main difference was a much thinner wing which reduced drag and improved aerodynamics of the laminar airflow. The wings could accommodate 20mm Hispano cannons that packed an enormous punch, and lent itself to the low-level attack role that it was designed for. The engines envisioned to power the aircraft were the Centaurus, Griffon and Sabre IV, and initially the RR Vulture, which was terminated early in the design phase, leaving the three options going forward and necessitating substantially different cowlings to accommodate their differing shapes. The Mark VI was the last development of the series, with a Mk.V acting as the basis from which the first prototype was constructed. It sported the more powerful Sabre V engine, which due to its need for more cooling meant that it had additional intakes in the wing roots for the carburettor, and the oil cooler was fitted behind the radiator, with most already carrying tropical filters from the factory for service in the Middle East, but probably also with an eye on the assumed end of the war in Europe and the ongoing fighting in the Pacific. It also had improvements to its flying surfaces that made it more agile, and an adapted, strengthened rear spar to better stand up to combat stresses. Because of the introduction of the Meteor and other jet-powered designs, the Tempest was the last new piston-engined aircraft to see service with the RAF, although the Sea Fury, a close relative, saw action in the Navy until jet engines could be trusted to spool-up fast enough for a go-around on an aborted carrier landing. The Kit The original 1:32 Tempest moulds from Special Hobby in 2016 caused a stir and made a lot of people very happy, starting with the Mk.V, the Mk.II and now the Mk.VI completing the production variants, and leaving only a few prototypes unkitted. Only 142 of the Mk.VI were built, but if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing it well so here it is. The sprues you'll find inside the box are mostly identical to the original Mk.V that we reviewed back in 2016, which is why you'll notice the old logo on some of the photos. There's no point in retaking those, especially as the server is a bit full at the moment. My sample also had received a little bit of chaffing damage to the surfaces of the fuselage during transit, which although it will easily buff out, looks a little ugly in photos, so enjoy these pics of an undamaged article instead This is the standard issue of the kit, so doesn't have the additional parts of the Hi-Tech boxing, which may please some folks that aren't keen on resin or Photo-Etch. The new sprue contains new parts for the cowling and radiator housing, as you'd expect for a variant with a different engine and cooling layout. It also includes a complete new prop, wing leading edge inserts for the aforementioned intakes, and a new rear-deck for the cockpit area, which has a few different details to the original. As a welcome addition, you receive another sprue that contains a full set of rockets and rails that weren't originally supplied with the first boxing, and have been available separately as an accessory set from Special Hobby for a while now. Construction is very similar to earlier boxings until you get to the building of the engine cowling, which uses the new parts that are backed with a pair of separate troughs that support the exhaust stubs later on. An insert is fitted to the top inner lip, and then backed with the radiator part, with pseudo-translucent diagrams showing where these parts fit within the cowling. The exit ramps at the rear of the tunnel are new parts too, and are joined by the cowling flap that is posed open or closed by the use of a long or short actuator rod that attaches to the roof of the air way. The wingroot intakes are assembled with their internal structure, and in the case of the larger starboard one, a radiator face is added inside, after which they're both inserted into the wing leading edges before the fuselage and the new nose are all brought together and the rest of the build continues as per previous editions. This aircraft lends itself so well to a modular approach to tooling due to its many engines, and even if Special Hobby don't tool the prototypes (which might not sell all that well anyway), someone could always produce an aftermarket set to fulfil any need out there. The exhaust stubs are from the common sprues too, and are made up from top and bottom halves that result in a deep hollow exhaust, which as it has weld-seams in real life, shouldn't take too much cleaning up. The new cockpit rear deck has mounts for a pair of bottles that are stored behind the pilot, and these are found on the common sprues. Under the centre wing, there is the bulged fairing, with its front hatch moulded closed. The new prop is made up on the back-plate, with pointed and angled tipped blades on the sprue, of which you're to use the pointed ones, although the drawing makes at least two of them seem to have angled tips, that's just an unfortunate by-product of the angle at which they are drawn. Use parts G17 and all will be well. The prop spinner fits over the top, and the short axle on the rear of the back-plate fits into the socket in the cowling. The rockets by this time had become a weapon of preference for the Tempest, so their inclusion is good news. Each one is built up with the body to which the four rear fins and half of the warhead are added, the fins having wedge-shaped based to fit neatly into the slots in the rear. The rails are each a single part, so once you've made up all eight, all you need to do is add some short command wires from your own stock, and they're ready to go. The decal sheet includes all the stencils for them, and at the end of the instruction step a painting and markings diagram takes you through the process. Markings Late and post-war RAF aircraft were often uncamouflaged, as per the box top, but happily our friends at Special Hobby have been diligent and picked out some interesting options for this boxing. There are two silver options, one of which has some patchwork grey parts added, while the other two options are camouflaged for service in Iraq and Egypt. From the box you can build one of the following: NX201/JV-U "Poppet" No.6 Sqn, RAF Deversoir, Egypt 1949 NX135/V No.6 Sqn, RAF Deversoir, Egypt 1949 NX126/GN-A No.249 Sqn, RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, 1948 NX179/B No.6 Sqn, RAF Deversoir, Egypt 1949 The two main decal sheets are printed by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The stencils for the aircraft are printed by Eduard and are bagged separately with the stencils for the rockets, which are printed by AviPrint. These are both sharp and colour dense, and as most of the decals are single colours, there's no registration issues to discuss. Conclusion The last of the RAF's piston-engined fighters, and a good-looking aircraft into the bargain. A good, straight-forward edition to complement the Hi-Tech boxing that contains all the trimmings. If you're on a budget, would like to pick-and-choose your aftermarket, or just don't use it, then this is the one for you. Who would have thought that we'd have three injection moulded Tempests in 1:32 a few years ago? Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  12. Greetings all, It's been a long time I posted in RFI, but here for your delectation is Special Hobby's tremendous Tempest V, the original HiTech boxing augmented with their resin Napier Sabre, which truly deserves the accolade 'a model in itself'. I think it might actually have more pieces than the airframe. WIP is here; and without further ado, the pictures. Next year's project is also 1/32, features several Merlin engines and is over a metre wide. Hurry up, postie! Mike
  13. Hello All, If I remember correctly there was a post, or a publication showing the Rushton target towing gear on Tempests post war. Can anyone help in this regard? My searches failed to bring up this info, if it exists. the RAF museum Tempest pix on line don't show much detail. TW
  14. Hi all, This just turned up in the post today so I'll be starting this soon. I just haveto wait for a new airbrush nozzle to turn up Thanks for checking in, -Cam
  15. Hi All! I finished the Revell Hawker Tempest in 1/72 - had a bit of a 'mare with the decals, but I feel I did ok. I made a video about it if you'd like to check it out and let me know what you think of the finished kit! Thanks guys
  16. I'll start with something easy-peasy; the Hawker Tempest II I'll do it in an RAF scheme [now; them] Photos; The kit makes a Mk.VI of the RAF or a Mk.II of the Indian Air force I'll be doing an RAF Mk.II Loverly; mustard and green plastic The decals are rough
  17. The princely sum of £5.99 secured this immaculate and unmolested example of PK-23 which I will be doing as an Indian Air Force example and as proof of my Indian heritage , it will be seen in the gallery with my homemade Chicken Balti. Build will be enhanced by a failed Airfix Typhoon which will be cannibalized for parts, accurate or not. Should at least keep my F-5B company as it approaches primer and masking. I'm hoping that with some judicious dry fitting and fettling I should avoid the large amounts of priming and sanding that's been the F-5B to date. Cheers Anil
  18. Hawker Tempest Mk.V 1:72 MisterCraft The Tempest was designed by Hawkers to address some of the performance issues with the Typhoon. The wingspan was originally greater than the Typhoon but this was clipped back to be slightly shorter. The wing was changed with the cannon being moved further back. Ammunition capacity was expanded to 200 rounds per gun. The landing gear was given a wider track to improve landing characteristics. The new wing and four bladed propeller was to cure the high frequency vibrations problems suffered by the Typhoon. With a top speed of 432mph it was faster at low level than other propeller aircraft. The Tempests great speed would make it an ideal aircraft to intercept V-1 flying bombs. Over 1/3 of V-1 shoot downs were attributed to Tempests. Just over 800 Mk.V aircraft were built. The Kit The plastic in this kit is from Heller and dates back to 1978. Those in the know say that the shape is correct, and better in shape than some other kits. The kit arrives on four smallish sprues of light grey plastic. The mould look to have held up well. Construction starts with attaching the spinner to the propeller. Next up the prominent radiator is assembled. Following the it pilots seat is attached to the rear bulkhead/armour and the cockpit floor (though this seems missing in the instructions!). Construction then moved to the main landing gear. The wheels are added to the leg and the gear doors attached. The streamlined underwing tanks are next built up. Now that the various sub assemblies are built up construction can start on the main aircraft. The cockpit and radiator are installed, along with the instrument panel, and the fuselage can be closed up. Once this is done the propeller is attached with the backing part inserted through the wing aperture. The wing is then made up which is of a conventional one part lower, with left/right uppers. Once the wing is attached to the main fuselage the landing gear and tanks can be attached along with the tail wheel, tailplanes and canopy. Just a note on the instructions, don't be alarmed that they look to be for an Su-17, strange but it appears there has been a printing error and you get both a set of instructions for this kit, and the Su-17 as the Su-17 construction diagrams are on the back of the Tempest cover sheet/decal diagram and visa versa. Markings Markings are provided for 3 aircraft. Wing Commander P Closterman JV732. Wing Commander R Beamont JN732. JN766 RNzAF. The decals look to be in register, the SKY codes look a little dark to me and the tail bands will need to be matched to these. All bands and stripes will need to be painted. There is a set of White aircraft codes on the decal sheet but no reference to these on the instructions. Conclusion This is a good looking kit of the Tempest Mk.V, recommended. Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for
  19. Gun Barrels & Pitot Probes 1:32 Master This month’s releases from Master Models include these two sets for 1:32 scale aircraft. [AM-32-095] – Designed to be used with the Special Hobby Tempest Mk.V they are a simple replacement for the kits barrels, these being with a full jacket. Since they are a direct replacement, the wings will not require drilling out. Instead a backing plate will need to be made, if there isn’t one in the kit, and the barrels glued to that, ensuring the inner and outer barrels are correctly orientated, as the outer barrel is longer than the inner. [AM-32-096] – Designed to be used with the Special Hobby Tempest Mk.II and the hopefully released Sea Fury, they are a simple replacement for the kits barrels, these being with the fully inserted, shorter barrelled type. As with the above set the barrels will need a backing plate and ensure the inner barrel is recessed further into the wing than the outer. The pitot probe needs a 1.2mm hole to be drilled out before the probe can be glued into place. Conclusion The Special Hobby Tempest series of releases are superb in their own right, but adding more detail can be just as enjoyable and these sets, as simple as they are will do just that. Review sample courtesy of Piotr at
  20. I finished this model last night. It represents the plane on which Pierre Clostermann was flying. You know everything about the models, there are no problems for work, except for the decals that are terribly fat. I am pleased that it all turned out in the end. Here's the picture. [
  21. Hawker Tempest Wheels CMK/Special Hobby 1:32 CMK continue to increase their range of resin enhancement sets for various kits. This set if to provide the option of having square tread pattern tyres instead of the smooth style provided in the kits. The simple card headed poly pack contains two very well moulded; in fact I’d say brilliantly moulded wheels and tyres. The detail is quite amazing, right down to the name of the manufacturer on the tyre walls. The webs holding the wheel to the moulding block are nice and thing, so shouldn’t take too much work removing them and cleaning the up ready to be painted and fitted to the model. Review sample courtesy of Conclusion This is a lovely little set that will enhance any of the Tempests available.
  22. Hawker Tempest II Hi-Tech 1:32 Special Hobby As one variant of the Typhoon replacement that were both penned by Sidney Camm, the Tempest was split into a number of threads to prevent the project stalling in the event that any of the possible engines ran into difficulties or were cancelled. The Tempest II was designed from the ground-up to sport a radial engine, and ended up using the Centaurus that had originally been destined for the failed Tornado project, which initially caused some teething troubles until the engine mounts were replaced and some other tweaks made. The aircraft was very similar to the well-known V aft of the firewall, but with the huge cylindrical cowling it bears more than a passing resemblance to a Sea Fury. Due to the state of the war as it reached service, the initial orders were successively cut back, even though the aircraft's massive power delivery and more streamlined front section resulted in a faster aircraft. Under 500 airframes were eventually built, some as pure fighters, while the rest were converted to fighter-bombers, as the needs of the war shifted once the Allies dominated the skies. The Kit This is the second Hi-Tech boxing of the basic Tempest moulds, with much of the plastic retained from the Mk.V, and new sprues tooled to replicate the Mk.II's differences. As is usual with Special Hobby, the Hi-Tech boxing includes a wealth of what would normally be considered "Aftermarket" to most modellers, and on opening the box you see a card insert that holds the four (four!) decal sheet plus a set of those marvellous HGW fabric seatbelts, plus a small inner box in yellow that is literally rammed with resin in two separate bags. If you have come to expect just a set of resin wheels from a luxury boxing, you will be impressed at the 44 parts within, and you will hardly need anything other than paint and glue, even if you are addicted to aftermarket, especially when you spot the Photo-Etch (PE) and masks behind the seatbelts. The main sprues are in two separate bags, split between "Tempest" and "Mk.II" parts, as you would expect. There are seven sprues in the former category, and two in the latter, both in mid-grey styrene, plus a set of clear parts in their own bag, the aforementioned goodies, and of course the instructions in full colour glossy stock. Coupled with the lovely box art, you really do get a luxury package with the Hi-Tech boxing, which is well priced considering the contents. New Sprues The new sprues contain the important engine cowlings, their fairings into the standard fuselage, the huge props and spinner, plus a few mounting parts. Also included are a full set of rockets and rails for the ground-attack role, each of which have separate fins that are fitted with tapering roots that fit into corresponding grooved in the tail of the rocket, which will improve fit and alignment. Construction follows the same path as the original boxing until the fuselage halves are mated around the beautifully detailed cockpit assembly. The new cowling is built up from the main halves, plus a number of ancillary parts top and bottom, as well as resin exhaust stacks on the sides, and a depiction of front of the engine that was actually present in the Mk.V boxing too. The big four-bladed prop is built up on a backing plate with keyed blade roots, with the two-part spinner added after, and a spacer setting it to the correct position within the cowling, so that it can be left to spin freely if you desire. Some of the additional resin in this boxing is used in adding a pair of cannon and their ammo feeds in the port wing, which requires a T-shaped portion of the upper wing to be removed, the resin bays to be constructed and painted in the suggested colours, and inserted from below with PE supports for the edges, and resin panels that can be left nearby to give a more candid appearance to the scene. There is a small addendum to the instruction booklet to correct a mis-step during construction of the wings that advises you to cut off a section on the wing lower corresponding with the removable panels in the upper wing. This is incorrect, and you should not do this. The engine cowling and wing-root intakes are then mated with the completed wings and fuselage, along with the tail feathers. The landing gear is almost identical to the Mk.V, but instead of smooth tread tyres throughout, a choice of smooth or blocked tyres is given, and these have paint masks supplied on the accompanying sheet. The choice of drop-tanks with clear pylon sections or bombs is included in this boxing, with the new option for eight unguided rockets on their rails, which just need a launch wire added at the rear of each rocket to add a bit of extra realism. Markings As already mentioned, there are four decal sheets, containing national markings, aircraft codes, stencils, and finally some additional codes with squadron crests and instrument dials for the cockpit. The decals have been printed by Eduard and are in good registration, sharpness and colour density, sporting a thin glossy carrier film cut close to the printed areas. From the box you can build one of the following: HF-X/MW774 NO.183 Sqn, RAF Chilbolton, August 1945 – Grey/green camo over medium sea grey. White cowling front and fin stripe. 5R-V/PR533 No.33 Sqn, RAF Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 1949 – All over aluminium with yellow leading edges and blue spinner. EG-X/PR733 S/L R E Mooney, No.16 Sqn, BAFO Fassberg, West Germany - Grey/green camo over medium sea grey. Sky tail band and white circle on the fin. T/A139 (ex PR809) No.14 Sqn, RPAF 1948 – Earth/Middle Stone over Azure Blue. M/HA557 (ex MW704) RIAF, late 1950s – All over aluminium with black wingtips. Quite a broad spread of options that should suit most modellers, given the variety of the schemes. Conclusion Another stand-out Tempest from our friends at Special Hobby, with a box full of goodies that might usually be options with other manufacturers. The quality is excellent, and there are finished models popping up all over the internet, which is usually a good sign of buildability, popularity and that the manufacturer has hit the sweet-spot with the price. The standard boxing will be along shortly for those that don't want to tackle all that resin, or have a tighter budget. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Tempest Update Sets - For Special Hobby & Pacific Coast Kits 1:32 Special Hobby Special Hobby have recently released both a super detailed, and basic Tempest kit in 1.32. For those who have either of these kits, or the Pacific Coast kit they have now released a series of upgrade sets under their CMK label. Pilot's Seats These seats are direct replacements for the kit seats and available with or without belts. Pilot's Seat With Harness Pilot's Seat Landing Gear These sets are a direct replacement for the kit parts. The legs are made from strengthen resin. The main gear set contains the gear legs and the tail wheel set contains the leg and a new resin tail wheel. Tail Wheel with Strengthened Leg Main Undercarriage Legs Cannon Barrels Here the modeller has a choice for late barrels. There is a set of small barrel to put into the wing, or a set moulded into the wing leading edge. For the early aircraft a full set of barrels is included. Cannon Barrels With Wing Leading Edge Early & Late Cannon Barrels Control Column This is a new multi part control column with added photo-etched parts. Control Column Gunsights Here the modeller has a choice of a Type I Mk.III gunsight or a Gyro Gunsight. MKII. The Gyro sight comes with photo-etch parts and clear film. Gunsight Type I Mk.III Gyro Gunsight Mk.II Wheels Here the modeller has a choice of a Early and late wheels as needed. They are moulded with a slight bulge on the ground contact surface. Early Wheels Late Wheels Conclusion Special Hobby have certainly produced a lot of sets for the tempest. The resin quality is excellent, not something which can be said of the packaging. The flat packs are alright for most items, however the seats need to be in box type packaging as they had already escaped by the time they reached me. Overall highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hawker Tempest Mk.V 1:32 Special Hobby Standard Boxing The Tempest was an attempt by Sidney Camm's team at Hawker to "fix" the Typhoon's shortfalls, which although they were few were important enough for them to throw a lot of time and money at them. As far as attempts go, it was pretty successful, but it left us modellers with a fairly confusing array of designs that look substantially different from each other, let alone the Tiffie. The over-thick wing of the Tiffie had resulted in too much drag, so this was ditched and replaced by the new Laminar Flow aerofoil as demonstrated by the then new Mustang, which necessitated an exceptionally smooth riveted finish to maximise the benefits of the design. Because they were to be fitted with engines that were experimental at the time, the Ministry insisted on a number of different engine fits to prevent delays re-engining the airframe if one type was delayed or terminated. This led to a the differences in the front end, from the Mk.I with a Spitfire-like nose, the Mk.II with a Fury-style nose, and the V which had the more recognisable Typhoon-style nose. The V was the first to receive approval from the Ministry and after the IV had engine problems the V became the main initial variant, and after the Tornado was cancelled the Mk.II went ahead with its Centaurus engine and cylindrical cowling. In service the Tempest Mk.V was found to be an excellent aircraft, and was the fastest prop-driven fighter of WWII at low altitude. It was also rugged, and could take punishment, and could be thrown around the sky by a competent pilot despite its thin wing. It was responsible for downing a number of jet-powered Me.262s and had an exceptional kill to loss ratio. The Kit We've been waiting for this one for quite some time, as Special Hobby's designers have been doing their best to get it right. It is finally here. the Hi-Tech boxing was recently reviewed here. While the oodles of resin and photo etch are eagerly awaited by some modellers, their are those who do not like all of the aftermarket parts and just want a standard kit. With this boxing Special Hobby are catering to this market. The other upside to this is that the kit arrives at less cost to the modeller. The basic plastic is the same as the hi-tech kit with crisp surface detail is crisp, tiny recessed rivets of two sizing's, and nice restrained engraved panel lines throughout. Construction begins with the cockpit, which was fabricated on a tubular framework with removable panels to aid maintenance. The rib-work is replicated inside the fuselage halves, which have a nice finish, and inside this the cockpit frames are built up with additional parts adding to the detail. The rear bulkhead, pilot's back armour and the rudder assembly are all built up and added to the frame along with the four-part instrument panel, which has decals for each of the faces, broken down between the facets of the panel. The gunsight is made up from resin, PE and acetate sheet, which should give an excellent level of detail to the finished item. The kit seat is supplanted by a resin item that just oozes with detail, and you have a set of the superbly designed HGW fabric seatbelts with PE furniture to give what I consider to be the most realistic belts currently on the market. Of course they are delicate parts, but with some care, and with the aid of this larger scale, they can be built up in fairly short order to stunning effect. The fuselage closes up around the finished cockpit and a three-piece tail-wheel bay for the fully-retractable wheel to be placed there later. With the fuselage complete, you'll notice a large part of it is missing from the leading edge of the wings to the prop. This is a separate section that will allow SH to get the Mk.II to market, and whether you build it in sequence or add the halves to the fuselage before closing it is up to you, as both methods have merit. Assuming you follow the instructions, there are a pair of backing plates for the exhaust stacks, which are marked L & R for your ease, plus the big chin-scoop radiator panels. The part count here is high, and you get the central tubular duct into the bargain, with an optionally open or closed shutter at the rear of the assembly. This section is then put to one side until the wings are added later on. The gear bays are built up from individual panels within the lower wing, and all the roof detail is crisply moulded into the upper wing, with plenty of small parts to detail the large expanse within, and including door actuators, plus some stub ribs. The upper wings complete the bays, and then it's time to put it all together into a recognisable shape. The wing root leading edge has a pair of two-part inserts to be installed before it is added to the two-part fuselage assembly. These inserts will be replaced by carburettor and oil cooler intakes in the forthcoming Mk.II, in case you were wondering. The tail fin has a separate two-part rudder, and the elevators have separate flying surfaces that can be posed, although the ailerons and flaps are all moulded into the main wing. Canopy rails and a rear deck cover are added around the cockpit opening, along with clear wingtip and tail lights. With the airframe ostensibly complete, the landing gear is inserted into its mounting points in the gear bays, and these are quite sturdy-looking, with extra details added to complete the job. Two types of wheels are supplied, and some very nicely detailed bay doors attached on the outboard and inboard perimeters of the bay. The tail wheel has a two-part yoke, and two doors that have a bulged centre to accommodate the tyre. The canopy is two part, which is thin and clear, although most canopies are improved by a dip in Klear or the new AK Gauzy canopy enhancer. One of the two gunsights fits into the windscreen before it is glued in place, and the canopy can be set on its rails at any point in its slide position, as it is able to be left mobile according to the instructions, so I'm guessing it clips to the rails. Pretty cool, but I can't test that without completing the rest of the model. The prop is made up from four keyed blades that fit into the boss, with the spinner hiding all that away. There are spare set of blades on the sprues, but don't use those accidentally, as they're the wrong shape for this boxing. Exhaust stubs are included in the box, and each one is made of upper & lower parts to give you a hollow opening. They are nicely moulded with a little flash around the stacks, but remember that exhausts often has weld-lines, so check your references before you sand it all smooth. There is to be a CMK resin set if you wanted a little more detail with less work. An aerial and base are added to the fuselage spine, and you're off to choose what to hang off the shackles. Bombs or fuel tanks ?. The tanks and their pylons are two parts each (the pylons were clear, and so are the parts), and decals for the tank, and for the sides of the pylon too, which is nice. The bombs are more complex with two halves each, a two-pair stabilising ring and four stabilising vanes, plus two-part pylons with two anti-sway braces each. Each option fits into different holes under the wing, so take care drilling them out during construction. There also seem to be two rows of four depressions in the surface of the wing, which looks like rack mounts for rockets, although those aren't in this boxing. Markings There are four markings options out of the box, and all share the Ocean Grey/Dark Green camo over a medium Sea Grey underside, and yellow leading edge strips. As is often the way with Czech companies, the colour call-outs are in Gunze, but they have also provided codes for the new Alclad II enamel range on this occasion. From the box you can build one of the following: NV969 / SA-A No. 486 [NZ] Sqn RAF, Fasberg, Germany April 1945. Personal machine of Sqd Ldr Warren "smokey" Schrader, JN862 / JF-z, No.3 Sqn RAF, RAF Station Newchurch August 1944. Full invasion striped carried. EJ705 / W2-X No.80 Sqn RAF. Vokel, Netherlands Jan 1945, (only under fuselage stripes carried) SN165 / ZD-V No. 222 Sqn RAF, Malden, Netherlands April 1945 The decals are supplied on three sheets of a bright blue paper, which throws the appearance of the colours out a little bit in proximity, and looks a little brighter in the flesh. They are printed by Eduard for them, which was my suspicion from the colour of the sheet before I read the legend. Register, colour density and sharpness is good, although on the roundel sheet there were a few white dots that looked like dust motes that got trapped under the carrier film. Although it doesn't show in the picture, there are very slight micro-bleeds of the dull red centres into the white, but as you'd have to be looking VERY hard, it's barely worth mentioning. Conclusion A lovely kit from our friends at Special Hobby, and well worth the wait . It is good that the company have realised there is a market for a kit without all of the photo-etch If you can't wait until yours arrives, you can read the instructions online here. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  25. Hawker Tempest II 26 Sqn, Zeltweg, Austria, 1947 I was recently sorting some old kits and found a half-finished Matchbox Tempest in a Heller Tempest box, so I decided to get on with it. This has most of the Matchbox trenches filled with Milliput (though I must admit I got a bit lazy when it came to the engine cowling area) and panel lines/fasteners drawn in with pencil, which was then sealed with Klear. Markings are from Xtradecal. I found illustrations of this aircraft with a red spinner and also a blue / white spinner, but I went with the Xtradecal illustration. Satisfying to have rescued it after all these years.
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