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  1. After the Tempest (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234931374-132-tempest-mkv-mkii-and-mkvi-by-special-hobby/#comment-1192212) Special Hobby is to release in 2017-2018 a new tool 1/32nd Hawker Typhoon Mk.1 "Car Door" - ref. SH32046 Sources: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016099-novelties-from-special-hobby/ https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SH32046 V.P.
  2. Hi all Just finished this one It's the Academy Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB Finished with Tamiya acrylics, water colour panel line wash, pastels and silver pencil for weathering and a final flat coat of Model Master Flat Clear Lacquer Gloss coat before decals was Future/Pledge thinned 50% with Tamiya X-20A The notoriously horrible Academy decals gave me a hard time but I have now got a system that seems to tame them Good gloss coat on model Very hot water for immersion of decal Pool of Micro Set on model to lay decal on Once settled into place hit with lots of Micro Sol Once that settles hit carefully only on the decal surface with Tamiya Mark Fit Strong Even then you can't 100% guarantee they'll be right!! The tailband over the fishplates was so bad I ended up masking it off and spraying over the decal to try and tidy up Probably if I do another one I would spray the tail band and the stripes and just forget about the decals Here's the pics Thanks for looking Cheers!
  3. Aircraft radiators and how to model them have on occasion been the topic on this excellent forum, for the Hawker Hurricane and Typhoon to name but two. l have recently completed a video about the Hawker Typhoon and the company who manufactured the radiator and oil cooler for it and for many other classic aircraft too such as the Spitfire, Lancaster and Mosquito. I hope you enjoy watching the video that l believe will provide modellers with plenty of useful photographic reference material. <CONTENT REMOVED - PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INFO>
  4. https://www.impartialreporter.com/news/national/23510528.irish-deputy-premier-says-ireland-not-relying-raf/ This is interesting typical politically blah blah ....gets you Whifers excited though.
  5. Classic Monogram kits are always a nostalgia blast for me. Anyone brought up in Rugby in the 1960s may remember the George Over shop on the west side of the Market Place. The facade is still there, now merely the front for an identikit shopping mall, but back then it was the entrance to a treasure house for a small boy. Primarily a stationer and bookshop, upstairs there was also a good modelling section with a selection of the hallowed Monogram kits. Very occasionally I was allowed to choose one and slowly built up a small collection, all long before I discovered 'paint'. The first was the Helldiver, full of magic with its retractable undercarriage, folding wings, working bomb release and sliding canopies. We mock such things today, but then........ They stocked Profile Publications and I was also able to build up a small collection of those, sadly lost in a house move a long time ago. It was a great shock when the shop closed, because it 'wasn't making any money'! What, I demanded, did that have to do with it? I have since wondered whether there was someone in their management who was a modelling enthusiast and set up that part of the shop. One I never made was the Typhoon, but found a second hand example for £10 on a stand at the Modelkraft show in Milton Keynes a few years ago. It was the 1995 Revell-Monogram release, moulded in a rather hard dark brown plastic which turned out to be remarkably workable. It's a simple kit, with nothing to stop it being 'see through' around the radiator moulding, so that was blocked off with a generous fillet of black painted Kristal Klear. The fit was good, there was little flash and the shape looks right. It is from the box apart from tape harnesses and is brush painted with Humbrol enamels. The decals were thick with yellowing backing paper but aftermarket decals for bubble tops are thin on the ground and I wanted this to be a Monogram Typhoon so persevered with them. The result isn't too bad, from a distance. In the stash is the Eduard Tempest, which I'm sure will be a very different build experience! Also a few years ago, I found a reissue of the Monogram Mosquito on a visit to the Mosquito Museum at Salisbury Hall. The accuracy issues of this kit are now well documented, but when first released it was a sensation. I couldn't resist it and built it in short order, this time around as a B.IV (rather than an FB.VI - removing the bomber nose was my first attempt at kit surgery) and with 'paint'!
  6. The RAF tactical training event -Exercise Cobra Warrior 2022 - centred at RAF Waddington, this year includes UK, Italian, German, United States of America and NATO involvement. Its aim is to develop and practice interoperability between NATO members and fine tuning of tactics, techniques and procedures. Cobra Warrior 2022 began on 5 September 2022. Wednesday September 7th saw Mission 2 of the 3-week exercise undertaken which coincided with a media day being held at RAF Waddington. RAF Waddington delivers the Cobra Warrior training package via the tenanted Air and Space Warfare Centre, and is playing host to the Italian detachment of six Eurofighter Typhoons and the German ECR Tornado of TLG-51. Cobra Warrior is routinely undertaken twice a year but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event is the first in several years, but will hopefully pave the way for larger exercises in future. In view of recent world events, the 2022 Exercise is particularly significant with regards to integration of RAF and NATO forces, and secondly is a key means by which interoperability and collective training can be practiced. The German detachment of six ECR Tornados at Waddington, which bring Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) capability to the exercise, is from TLG-51, led by Detachment Commander Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Köllner. The Italian contingent consists of six Eurofighter Typhoons from 4, 36, 37 and 51 Stormos, supported by a rare Gulfstream 550 CAEW (Conformal Airborne Early Warning) aircraft of 14 Stormo; this detachment led by Major Marco Setini of the AMI. In addition to the German and Italian aircraft, USAF F-16s from the 31st FW at Aviano AB in Italy are operating from the US base at RAF Lakenheath. These are joined by F-15Es and F-35As of the 48th Fighter Wing permanently based at RAF Lakenheath, and the USAF 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60Gs (Combat Search and Rescue) taking part from RAF Leeming. RAF Typhoons and F-35Bs are also taking part, supported by RAF Voyager and an Italian KC-767A conducting Air-to-Air Tanking operations, flying from RAF Brize Norton. In addition, a NATO E-3A Sentry aircraft is operating from RAF Waddington to support the exercise. At its peak, up to 75 aircraft from the Exercise partner nations are taking part with aircraft divided into Red (hostile) and Blue (friendly) forces. The exercise covers large areas over the North Sea together with the RAF’s Electronic Warfare training range at Spadeadam in Cumbria. The Air and Space Warfare Centre that hosts the exercise sets the challenging missions and threat environment that the Blue and Red Forces are expected to meet and operate in. In previous years the Exercise has been widened to include non-NATO partners including Israel, and the event that had been planned for March this year, was to have included Indian participation. Exercise Cobra Warrior is the RAF’s capstone tactical training event, and it is expected that it will continue to grow, prosper and widen to include further less commonly seen nations and their aircraft in UK skies. Certainly, for the hundreds of spotters and photographers gathered along the A15 watching the Exercise unfold, it has been a fantastic opportunity to witness NATO aircraft up close and training together in a very realistic scenario. Special thanks to RAF Waddington MCO Flt Lt Swift for facilitating access. On with the show... Ex Cobra Warrior patch as worn by the personnel from GAF TLG-51 'Tigers' 46+25, one of the six Tornado ECRs deployed to Waddington. 46+50 46+32 46+50 touching down on Rwy 20 and past the many spectators in the WAVE viewing enclosure off the A15. The TLG-51 squadron badge that adorns the fin. The line up of six AMI Eurofighter Typhoons. MM7317/4-43 of 4 Stormo MM7317 departing for the afternoon Cobra Warrior package. Hopp MM7345/37-45 of 37 Stormo MM7298/51-01 of 51 Stormo returning to Waddington after the morning mission on September 7th, day two of Cobra Warrior 2022. Gulfstream E550 MM62303/14-12 from 14 Stormo landing at Waddington with the majestic Lincoln Cathedral dominating the horizon. Hope these are of interesst, c&c always welcome. Mark
  7. Eurofighter "Luftwaffe 2020 Quadriga" (03843) 1/72 Revell The Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon started out as the EAP programme in the 1970s engineered entirely by BAe, but was later joined by a number of international partners due to an allegedly common requirement, with the partnership changing over time to end up with Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy remaining, while France went their own way with the Aerodynamics data to create the Rafale, which has a similar general arrangement. Delays and cost overruns seem to be a common factor in modern military procurement, and the Typhoon suffered many, resulting in the Germans taking delivery of the first airframe in 2003, Italy in 2005 and the UK in 2007. Operational airframes have since taken part in operations in Libya and under Italy's control in Albania. After the British Typhoons were initially ordered without guns, then with guns but without ammo, which was again overturned in due course, they were grounded in 2011 due to a lack of spares, which required the RAF to cannibalise grounded airframes to keep flying. The two-seat variant is used for training and conversion, although it is capable of going to war if needs required it, having all the systems in place to make it viable. The aircraft is a great air show crowd pleaser due to its agility at all speeds, and the impressive tearing roar of its twin EF2000 jet engines that propel it forwards with an impressive 20,000lbf of power per engine with reheat engaged. The Luftwaffe doe s not use the term Typhoon for some reason The Kit Here Revell have re-released their own tool kit which traces it's history back to 2016. The kit arrives on 3 large sprues, a smaller sprue; and 2 clear sprues. Construction starts in the cockpit with the 4 part seat going together then being placed in the tub along with the instrument panel and control column. Instruments are provided as decals. The tub is then placed in the fuselage and this is closed up. The lower intake parts are put into the lower wing section, if any underwing stores are to be used the holes for these need opening up at this stage as well. Moving back to the fuselage the exhaust inners go in at the rear, and the top part of the intake at the front. The lower wing can then be joined to the fuselage with the upper wings, vertical tail, nose cone; and front canards then being added. The exhaust nozzles are hen fitted with either open or closed ones being supplied. Wing tip pods go on followed by the top central spine, and at the front the cockpit coaming. The landing gear and doors can then be assembled and added to the model, or just the closed doors if you wish. If you like to open things up there is the option of an extended refuelling probe, and an extended airbrake. The canopy can be fitted either open or closed. It is good to see Revell provide a selection of missile and tanks to hang under the aircraft which some other manufacturers could take note of. Decals Decals are supplied for one specially marked aircraft. 31+49 of the TaktLwG 31 "Boelcke" The markings have "the green binary code stands for the digitization of the Air Force, the blue polygons for the corporate design of the Bundeswehr". The Quadriga points to the Eurofighters of the fourth tranche. Conclusion This is a good little kit from Revell and will appeal to those who like the special schemes, or just ant another Eurofighter in their collection. Recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  8. Hello modeller friends, I’m building the Eduard Tempest and wants to represent it with the nose panels removed. I’m busting on the fuselage oil and fuel tanks in front of the windshield and would like to ask for your assistance to help me out. I’ve read that the tanks were self-sealing. A friend told me they were covered with rubber like on the Spitfire, but on the pictures they’re clearly metallic. Some photos also showed them painted in dark red colours like on the Hurricane. What’s the consensus about it? Thank you for your help. Cheers, Quang
  9. Good evening, dears I would like to show you my model Trumpeter 1/32 EF-2000 eurofighter typhoon Royal Saudi Air Force 3 Squadron enjoy
  10. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/royal-air-force-unveils-new-union-jack-colour-scheme-for-their-display-aircraft-b1856152.html See link for yet another (as if we didnt know who we are) Union flag colour scheme. Good work by the spray bay but definitely not my thing....subtle is ain't ...i always thought that was the point of roundels. Still the the chinook fleet is grounded I wonder if Typhoons are next following this garishness 😬
  11. Model Number 4 - Revell 100 Years RAF - Eurofighter Typhoon RAF 1:72 - this one was a birthday gift - someone mentioned i like making models invested in a decent airbrush this time - did quite a bit of research before buying as i didnt want to break the bank but at the same time waste my money - i was a bit staggered by the price of some of them - i'm not a pro by any means so just couldnt justify the cost - in the end i bought this one - Fengda Hi-Flow FE-183 All-Purpose Precision Dual-Action Gravity Feed Airbrush - which is exceptional given the price! (look it up on amazon) As for the kit itself, a very good build indeed - all components were very well made and fit together well without the need of any filler - a decent amount of detail given that its a 1/72 - went with the Eduard detailing kit again - didnt go overkill on the weathering this time
  12. I managed to finish this RAF1:48 Eurofighter Typhoon today depicting a special scheme worn in 2014 'TP V'. The Revell base kit is pretty good, I added Eduard photo etch set along with resin intakes. Thanks for looking
  13. After the Tempest and the Yak-3 a Special Hobby well known representative is reported having said at the Eday2016 the Czech company is working on 1/32nd Hawker Typhoon, Hawker Sea Fury and Westland Whirlwind kits. To be followed. UPDT - Westland Whirlwind thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235015220-132-westland-whirlwind-by-specialhobby/ V.P.
  14. Good day, colleagues! I present to you for your review my variation on the theme of the most likely boring "picnic carts". I took a pre-order model from my local store, fell for the wheels (which I never regret) In general, the model is out of the box, but with "nuances". For the same pre-order, I got a set from Quinta. There is a gopher. Another gopher - photo-etched belts from Microdesign. Externally - self-made nets instead of the godless out of the box Replacing all staples with wire (Not right away, but I won over laziness: 3) Camera wires Manhole drives Well, I also wanted a working door in the back. The coloration is a variation on the Typhoon in Syria. Paints - Gunze, Tamiya, Akan (well, I really like "Old rubber") Oil and pigments - Ammo, AK and oddly enough ZIP. Thank you for your attention, enjoy your viewing!
  15. Hello all, Here is my entry for this GB. As per the title, I'll be replicating two aircraft that have had responsibility for the Northern QRA for the United Kingdom - the Tornado F.3 and Eurofighter Typhoon. Both these kits were initially part of my 'RAF QRA through the years' project but that was getting a bit long in the tooth and having recently visited Lossiemouth, playing about with my first proper DSLR camera and various lenses, I wanted to build these separately. So without much further ado; Kits: The Typhoon will be marked as ZK306 of 1(F) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth in 2019. Typhoon sprues and bits: Aftermarket wise, I'll be using Eduard etch, Airwaves resin seat, Phase Hanger Resin FOD inserts, Eduard masks and various Xtradecal sheets to cobble together the markings for ZK306. Will be loaded with 4x AIM-132 ASRAAM (2 from the spares), 4x Meteor (although pictures of the recent QRA launches that I've seen, the jets appear only to be fitted with the 4 ASRAAM) and 2x gas bags. The Tornado will be marked as ZE158 of 111(F) Squadron at RAF Leuchars in the mid 2000s. Tornado sprues and bits: For aftermarket, I'll be using Eduard etch, Pavla resin seats, Master pitot tube, Model Alliance decals, New Ware masks and resin BOL rails. I also have some HGW remove before flight tags if I decide to make FOD covers for this one. Will be fully loaded with 4x AIM-132 ASRAAM (donated by a kind member, forgive me, I forget who!), 4x AIM-120 AMRAAM and 2x gas bags. Finally, I'm sure some of you know I like a good patch: I know the centre patch is a bit off for 1 Squadron as it depicts 43 Squadron alongside 111 Squadron but I like it too much not to include it here These kits have a bit of a reputation for not being the easiest to build (I can confirm as such for the Typhoon anyway) but I've been wanting to do them for a while so looking forward to getting started. Dave
  16. The German air force has been looking for a Tornado replacement for some time and now it looks as if a decision has been made: https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/bundeswehr-deutschland-will-eurofighter-und-f-18-beschaffen-16697183.html https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/kramp-karrenbauer-ueber-tornardo-nachfolger-bis-ostern-entscheiden-16699549.html At the moment, it looks as if Germany is to buy 45 Super Hornets and 78-90 additional Typhoons (known as Eurofighter over here). The split purchase is explained by the fact that the Tornado serves in four roles in the Luftwaffe: Nuclear strike, SEAD, ground attack and reconnaissance. And as always, political and economic factors also play a role. The nuclear strike role depends on B61 bombs which are US controlled (Germany is no nuclear power). Most likely for political reasons, the integration of the B61 into the Eurofighter is difficult. This is why the American Super Hornet is chosen (30 F-18E or F?). For the SEAD role to replace the Tornado ECR it seems that 15 EA-18G Growler are to be ordered. I guess this was cheaper and faster than the development of a dedicated Typhoon variant. The additional 78-90 Typhoons (quiet a huge number! We will see...) will serve for ground attack and recce as well as to replace older Typhoons. The selection of the Super Hornet over the F-35 might sound surprising. My guess is that a purchase of the F-35 would call into question the development of the FCAS by France, Germany and Spain. The older and more conventional Super Hornet might be less threatening to the European industry. In addition, the Super Hornet by now is a proven, off-the-shelf product. This has certainly its advantages. The last time the Luftwaffe purchased a proven, if no longer cutting-edge-technology plane was the F-4F which represented only a half-generation step over the F-104. The Phantom certainly served the Luftwaffe well and much longer than expected.
  17. Hi All! I finished this kit recently and I have to say - I was very impressed with it. It's one of the better new-tool kits from Airfix in my opinion, having some great details including open gun bays! I was still getting to grips with my new airbrush and the Humbrol paints I used didn't airbrush so well, but I think it looks ok. What do you think? I know there are lots of little things I could have done to improve this (removing seams here and there etc) but it looks pretty good on my shelf The video here features the full build of the kit, the techniques and products I used and a final review at the end. Thanks for taking the time to take a look!
  18. Hi all May I present the latest build, the Italeri/Hasegawa Typhoon. I posted a WiP which is here for anyone interested: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235081953-italerihasegawa-typhoon-ib/. I think i'll leave WiP to those that are doing something more adventurous with their kits in future as I don't think i offered much in mine but I think it helped me finish the build a bit quicker if nothing else (1 month)! This kit threw a few things at me but unusually it was mainly the painting (I had to re-do the fuselage stripes as put them in the wrong place and i had a very interesting reaction with MRP paint to hairspray). Anyway i managed to work my way round this and if anyone else has experienced this effect when spraying hairspray over MRP (this also had MRP gloss coat on) then please let me know if there's anyway of getting round this MRP/Hairspray reaction! Keen to use hairspray chipping with MRP in the future! Anyhow back to the end result! And here she is in the display case with the others! Onwards to the next built (already started): Thanks for looking!
  19. Hawker Tempest Mk.V (03851) 1:32 Revell The Tempest was an attempt by Sidney Camm's team at Hawker to resolve the promising Typhoon's main shortfalls, which although they were few, were important enough for them to warrant throwing a lot of time and money at their resolution. 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 Typhoon. The over-thick wing of the Typhoon 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 encountered 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 plenty of punishment, and could be thrown around the sky by a competent pilot despite its slender wing. It was responsible for downing a number of jet-powered Me.262s and had an exceptional kill to loss ratio. The Kit This is a reboxing by Revell of Special Hobby's well-liked kit of this heavy-hitter from late WWII. The plastic is the same as their boxings with crisp surface detail, tiny recessed rivets of two sizes, and nice restrained engraved panel lines throughout. It arrives in a large end-opening box and has eight sprues in grey styrene, one in clear, a decal sheet and instruction booklet with painting guide in colour on the back pages. 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 added to the inside of the windscreen later in the build. 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 absent from the leading edge of the wings to the prop. Starting the nose and engine cowling, 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 ribs stub. 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. 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 look. 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 pivot, 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. The gunsight 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, clipping to the rails. The prop is made up from four keyed blades that fit into the boss, with the spinner hiding all that away. There are a 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 no flash around the stacks, but remember that exhausts often have weld-lines, so check your references before you sand it all smooth. 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 markings, and for the sides of the pylon too, which is nice. The bombs are more complex with two halves each, a two-part 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 for rocket rack mounts, although those aren't in this boxing. Markings There are two markings options in the box, and both share the Ocean Grey/Dark Green camo over a medium Sea Grey underside, and yellow leading-edge strips. The colour call-outs are in Revell colours, but as is often the case a little mixing will be required. From the box you can build one of the following: No.150 Wing, RAF Newchurch, England, June 1944 No.501 Squadron, RAF Westhampnett, England, Autumn 1944 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. Conclusion A welcome reboxing from Revell, which will help to boost their revenue and allow them to bring new products to the market in the future. Afterall, someone else’s Tempest V boxing doesn’t make Revell any money. Very highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  20. MPM SH32049 boxart: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=97&t=71717&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a translation: Main parts from short run and small details from metal mould.
  21. D-Day Air Assault (A50157A) 1:72 Airfix This release represents a continuation of Airfix's long-standing policy of drawing on their vast and diverse back-catalogue to produce themed box sets to commemorate historical events. Many of the current sets have been around for a while, to mark both the 70th and 75th anniversary of D-Day/VE Day. This set is the counterpoint to the Sea Assault set we reviewed a few months ago and contains a Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib, An Austin Tilly and BSA motorbike, a Beford fuel truck, a diorama base and some RAF figures. Unsurprisingly for a company with Airfix's history, these sets tend to contain a mixture of the old and new, although this particular set is skewed toward the new end of the spectrum, with just the figures representing the 'classic' Airfix range. As this is a starter set, the usual acrylic paint, brush and adhesive are also included. Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib The Hawker Typhoon is a relatively modern kit, dating from 2013. What you get here is the same as the stand-alone kit, which is to say a very nice model. For a full run down of this part of the set, please refer to my full review here. Standard Tilly and BSA M20 Motorcycle The Austin Tilly was a small utility (hence 'Tilly') vehicle based on a civilian car platform that was adapted for military use. Generally low powered and with limited off-road capabilities, Tillys were nonetheless incredibly useful vehicles that were produced in their thousands. Austin were not the only company to manufacture such a vehicle; Morris, Hillman and Standard all produced Tilly versions of their road cars for similar purposes. The M20 was the most widely produced military motorcycle of WWII, with many preserved examples in private hands today. This is another relatively new kit that was released at the same time as the Bedford refueler detailed below. The mouldings are clean and crisp and it looks as though it will build up into a well-detailed kit. The interior contains basic details such as seats and a steering wheel, while the front wheels can be posed in a turning configuration if desired. The doors are moulded separately and can be finished in the open position. The BSA motorbike is a very simple two-part model but the front wheel and handlebars can also be posed if desired. Bedford MWC/MWD The Bedford MW was a light truck produced in large numbers throughout WWII and beyond. Although it lacked four-wheel-drive, its powerful engine, short wheel base and relatively light weight combined to give it surprisingly sprightly handling. Variants included general cargo, tanker and gun tractor versions. This kit is a miniaturised version of Airfix's excellent 1:48 Bedford MW. It can be built in either tanker or general cargo versions, with or without a canvas cover for the load area. Detail is generally very good, with interior parts and a full engine and drive train. As with the Tilly, the wheels can be posed in the turned configuration if required. The rest of the set is composed of the figures, diorama base and decals. The figures that are supplied with this set are of the soft plastic type, the moulds for which I believe date from the 1970s. Detail is acceptable considering these aren't multi-part figures, and although they wouldn't be my first choice for use in a diorama, they will fill up the scene nicely. How well the supplied acrylic paint will adhere to the plastic is another question altogether. Last but not least is the big sheet of vacuum formed plastic upon which everything else sits. This is in the form of a revetment for the aircraft, as well as a road with space for the vehicles. The base will probably benefit from some additional details to bring it to life. Conclusion This set is the usual mixture of ancient and modern, although with much more of the latter than the former. The modern parts are very good indeed, while the figures are, well, not. Hopefully Airfix will eventually tool some new, polystyrene figures one day as these old soft plastic versions have ended up lowering the tone of a number of sets like this. That said, when mixed together in a great big box with an exciting picture on the front they are still capable of providing some enjoyment. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hello my friends; I finished my last model in this weekend. It's is a new simple Airfix mold. I did modifications including a lot of adds: - CMK engine; - Seat, wheels, control surfaces, exhaust by resins Aires and Quickboost; - PE interior and flaps by Brengun; - Master Pl cannons and; - Tail wheel scratched. I built a simple base too. I had doubt about the insignias diameters (upper wing surfaces), but even so I ended up using the Airfix decals. I had no options here. The mark is No. 266 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Holland and Germany April/May 1944. Cheers;
  23. Just finished Revell's 1/48 Typhoon in the 60th Anniversary markings of Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 71 "Richthofen". Built OOB with the addition of a Hasegawa Phantom pilot and Phase Hangar Resin's APU exhaust. I used AK extreme metal for the exhausts, AK Real Colour FS35237 and RAF Barley Grey for the main body and radome respectively. Decals went down really well with microset and microsol. A few small creases but nothing the sol couldn't sort out. It's the first time I've had such an extensive decal scheme so I'm quite happy with the results. Hope you enjoy... DSC_5468 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr DSC_5481 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr DSC_5472 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr DSC_5474 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr DSC_5477 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr DSC_5479 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr DSC_5480 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr and a comparison shot from it's departure from RIAT 2019 A3379456-C961-4C9E-9A0B-167F57DA93D1 by Phillip Loughlin, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  24. Hi! Long time no see. Recently finally finished a project that was on my table for over a year. Had not enough time due to work, business, two kid ans wife, but an hour here, two there and managed to finish this diorama. It's based on a scene from a computer game Escape from Tarkov, strongly recommended (game, not the scene:) ). What's on diorama? Takom's Kamaz Typhoon-K, few random figures bought on wish and aliexpress, crates and palettes laser cut by Bartec Design (that's my small business!), rest is scratchbuilt. Road made using AK Interactive Asphalt paste, good stuff I must say. Enjoy and hope to get back with something else soon! Thanks, Bart! All comments welcomed.
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