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  1. Fly is preparing a new 1/32nd Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc kit - ref.32012 New moulds or Pacific Coast Models Hurricane repop/new variant (http://www.scaleplasticandrail.com/kaboom/index.php/all-things-aviation/132-135-scale/132-kit-reviews/482-pacific-coast-models-132-hawker-hurricane-mk1-qbattle-of-britainq)? Source: http://www.fly814.cz/pripravujeme-preparing/ Box art V.P.
  2. 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.
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    Tempest Crowbar

    When was the Hawker Tempest crowbar moved from the floor to the headrest? Apparently it was moved at mod 363, but does anyone know when this mod came in? Eduard have the brackets for it on all there Tempest kits headrests, though no crowbar is supplied. Does anyone have a close up of it installed at the headrest position? What was the colour of the crowbar? I've got a B&W picture from the pilot's manual, when it was mounted on the floor and it could be silver or grey green maybe?
  4. Tempest Bomb Racks with 500lb & 1000lb Bombs (4442 & 4443 for Eduard/Special Hobby) 1:48 CMK by Special Hobby The WWII Hawker Tempest was a capable fighter with power to spare, so that it could become a fighter bomber by the addition of a pair of stubby pylons, one under each wing to which the bombs were lashed, with sway-braces keeping the bombs steady during flight. It was able to carry either two 500lb or 1000lb bombs, which is the aim of this pair of sets from CMK. Arriving in their usual blister pack with instructions and card header keeping the parts inside, each set contains resin parts for two bombs, plus a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) separated from the resin by a sheet of clear acetate. Both sets are broadly similar to build, with one exception. The larger bombs have separate fuses in their nose. Otherwise, it’s a case of removing all the parts from their casting blocks, adding the sway braces to the pylons, which are handed with L & R next to each other on the block, then adding the four PE stabilising vanes, spinner on the rear, and surrounding the PE vanes with the tubular outer fin. A scrap diagram shows the correct location for the pylons, and as mentioned the larger bombs have a short fuse inserted into a depression in the nose. Bomb Racks & 500lb Bombs (4442) Bomb Racks & 1000lb Bombs (4443) Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Hi there! First I'd like to wish you all an happy new year! Health, happiness and brouzoufs for 2022! To start 2022 nicely, I've opened a box that should please you Brits. The very nice looking Hawker Hunter F.6 from Revell in 1/72! There were some goodies in the box, but after a quick look at the sprues, I've decided not to use, as I just want to keep the build simple. Modeller's datafile say this is a nice kit, with just a few errors/problems, most of them easy to correct. I only regret the lack of external load, with only a pair of tank and Sidewinders. I've in the stash an old Xtradecal decal sheet dedicated to International Hunters, and the one and only F.6 there suits me well. So be it, my Hunter'll be Saudi.
  6. Source: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/3462056447158021 Considering it'll be most probably a WWII period a/c and in 1/72nd this will be uninteresting to me... My (Polish) wishes - 1/48th plastic kits from: TS-8 Bies, TS-11 Iskra & PZL-130 Orlik. V.P.
  7. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974169-148-north-american-p-51-mustang-family-long-term-project-by-eduard/). But as another possible project, the Eduard's Boss, M. Sulc, has also mentioned the Hawker Hurricane! Maybe more news at the yearly Eduard's Novemberfest 2015. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 Strange considering Airfix is working on a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hurricane kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972972-airfix-148-hurricane-mk1/). If not a Hurri then another British subject Mr Sulc? Like a Hawker Tempest or a family of Griffon powered (Mk.XIV...) Spitfire by example... V.P.
  8. AviS is to release 1/72nd Hawker Cygnet kits. - ref. BX72044 - Hawker Cygnet with Anzani engine Sources: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BX72044 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-cygnet-with-anzani-engine-avis-models-bx72044-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=181280 -ref BX72048 - Hawker Cygnet with ABS Skorpion Engine Sources: https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-cygnet-with-abs-skorpion-engine-avis-models-bx72048-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=181281 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BX72048 - ref. BX72050 - Hawker Cygnet with Bristol Cherub III engine Sources: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/BX72050 https://www.aviationmegastore.com/hawker-cygnet-with-bristol-cherub-iii-engine-avis-models-bx72050-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=181282 V.P.
  9. New Arsenal Model Group (AMG) project is a 1/48th Hawker Hart kit - ref. 48902 Moulds are reported in progress Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1963572877288497&id=1505395696439553 3D renders V.P.
  10. Tempest Mk.II Late ProfiPACK (82125) 1:48 Eduard The Tempest was the successor to the Typhoon, both of which were penned by the incredibly talented Sidney Camm and his team. The Tempest was split into a number of parallel sub-projects to prevent it stalling in the event that any of the potential engine options ran into difficulties or were cancelled. The Tempest II was designed from the ground-up to be powered by a radial engine, and eventually used the Centaurus that had originally been destined for the failed Tornado project, a fact that initially caused some teething troubles until the engine mounts were replaced and some other tweaks made. The aircraft was very similar to the more well-known Mk.V from the firewall backwards, 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. In service, the Tempest Mk.II was found to be an excellent aircraft, and was the fastest prop-driven fighter of WWII at low altitude, even faster than its sibling, despite the heavier Centaurus engine, which was more than compensated for by the missing weight and drag of the chin-mounted radiator. It was also rugged, could take plenty of punishment, and could be thrown around the sky by a competent pilot despite its thin wing, and some airframes were converted for use as fighter bombers. After the war the surplus airframes were sold to other nations following retirement from RAF service, with some lingering on as target tugs into the 50s. The Kit This is a reboxing of the Eduard Early kit, which contains identical plastic to this one. It arrives in the new gold-themed box with a digital painting of a British Tempest II launching rockets during a ground-attack on the lid, plus profiles of the decal options on the sides. Inside are six sprues in blue-grey styrene, two clear sprues, a fret of pre-painted Photo-Etch (PE) parts, a small sheet of kabuki tape masks, two decal sheets, and a glossy instruction booklet in spot colour with full colour profiles at the rear. Anyone that has seen the initial Tempest kits from Eduard will know the quality of the mouldings, and some of the sprues in the box are from the original Mk.V, while two are newer, complete with exceptional detail that includes rivets, cowling fasteners, and fine engraved panel lines that are at the pinnacle of current injection moulding technology. Construction begins with the pilot’s seat, which is assembled from back with two side parts, plus the adjustment mechanism that is fixed on the right, with the PE lap belts added, leaving the shoulder harness until later. The seat is fitted to the rear bulkhead, which has the floor slotted into it, the rudder pedals and the control column put in place, complete with the three-faceted instrument panel, which has the choice of painting a detailed styrene panel, adding four instrument decals applied to a simplified panel, or using the pre-painted PE parts with their glossy dials that attach to a mixed PE and styrene frame and consist of two layers for the best detail. This fits to the front of the sidewall frames, which both have additional PE and styrene details glued on, plus the cross-member that supports the compass, which also has its own PE face. The frames, cross-member and front bulkhead are added to the sides and front of the cockpit, and the instrument panel installs on two pegs on the cross-member along with the port side console. When closing up the fuselage there is a styrene engine front and spacer that inserts into the front cowling lip, then the fuselage halves need a coat of paint inside the cockpit area, plus a few small parts added to the port side, and a bit more paint in the tail wheel bay and its two-part bay former, then you can glue them together. Attention shifts to the wings, starting with the wheel bays, the ribbed roof of which is moulded into the underside of the upper wing halves. The bay walls are boxed in with individual panels, plus a few ribs and stiffeners, all of which is painted in interior green on both sides, with a splash also applied to the full-width underside of the bays and the radiator intakes, which also has a radiator core inserted into the starboard wing root. The wings and fuselage are brought together and joined by the front cowling lip, which also gets the interior green treatment, and in the top of the nose, just forward of the canopy, a styrene louvered intake is scraped back to take a PE replacement for the filters originally only fitted to tropical-converted airframes, but eventually becoming a de facto standard. The tail of the beast has the vertical fin moulded-in, to which you add the rudder, the elevator fins and flying surfaces that are all able to be posed deflected if you choose. The ailerons are also posable, and are made up from two parts each, one in each wing as you’d expect. If you look at the cockpit aperture, it is far too large at this stage, until the sill insert is added along with a number of parts on the rear deck and the gunsight under the front edge. It’s time to insert a pair of clear nav-lights in the wingtips, a pair of leading-edge inserts for the twin cannons, their tiny barrel stubs, and finally the exhaust stubs peeking out from behind the cowling on each side. They’re not hollow tipped, but at that size only a sharp-eyed viewer will notice. The tail wheel is first to be added, made from a two-part styrene wheel with anti-shimmy groove, slipping it between the yoke, which attaches to the strut, then inserts into a depression in the bay roof. The bay doors are attached to the sides with small tabs, and an actuator fits in the rear of the bay behind the wheel. The main gear has the smooth styrene wheels with Dunlop in raised lettering on the sidewalls. These slide onto the axles of the struts, and have the captive gear bay door glued to the opposite side, then the completed assembly slots into the bay roof, and would benefit from some brake hoses from your own supplies of lead wire. The retraction struts are fitted later, along with two additional bay doors. While you’re fitting the wheels, you fit the identification lights, two tiny clear parts behind the spent cannon brass chutes, another in the mid-fuselage, and two tiny parts under the fuselage level with the wing leading edge. The crew access stirrup has a replacement PE handle added and a short aerial with PE alternative are arranged around the trailing edge of the wing, then that big prop is made up. The prop has all the blades moulded into a central boss, which is trapped between the back-plate and spinner cap before being slipped over the drive-shaft. You get the choice of open or closed canopy that uses the same clear parts, beginning with the windscreen that is glued to the front of the cockpit, then the canopy with a separate frame can be glued closed against the windscreen, or slid back to get a better view of the interior. The final airframe elements are a couple of gear-down indicator lollipops that glue into their depressions in the inner wing panels, and another choice of PE or styrene aerial just behind the canopy. You have another choice ahead of you, which is to have a clean aircraft, one loaded with additional fuel tanks, or a set of eight unguided rockets, four under each wing. The tanks and their short pylons are all moulded in clear, and there is a decal to be applied over the clear level indicators on the side of each pylon. The rockets each have separate tails and a PE igniter lead, and a detailed guide to their correct painting, each one glued into its own set of holes, which you should probably have drilled out from the inside earlier. Remember that one. Markings You get a generous six decal options on the extensive larger sheet, with a few choices of overall colour schemes, plus a choice of desert or temperate for option D, as the researcher felt it was inconclusive – that one’s up to you. You also get a sheet of kabuki tape masks for the canopy and tailwheel, plus the walkways at the root of the wing if you’d rather not use the decal option. From the box you can build one of the following: PR805, No.33 Sqn., Butterworth, Malaysia, 1951 PR772, S/Ldr. G T A Douglas, No.152 Sqn., Risalpur, India, November 1946 PR782, No.16 Sqn., RAF Fassberg, Germany, 1948 A152, No.5 Sqn., Royal Pakistan Air Force, 1949 PR666, Sqn. Ldr. T H Meyer, No.30 Sqn., Santa Cruz, Bombay, India, 1946 HA598, No.7 Sqn., Royal Indian Air Force, 1947 Decals are by Eduard, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. The smaller decal sheet contains the stencils for the airframe, optional weapons and fuel tanks. These are also available as a separate set from Eduard if I recall correctly. Conclusion It’s a highly detailed kit right out of the box, made better by adding some rather nice PE for the cockpit and a well-appointed decal sheet with plenty of options. The Tempest II didn’t get a fair shake of the stick in service, so make sure you buy plenty so they get some belated attention. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. A few years ago at Scale Model World HORNBY AIRFIX were giving out slips of paper on which visitors could write down the models that they wished for. On my paper I wrote 1/72 AW Argosy and as I handed it in to some young assistant who probably had no idea what an Argosy was I thought " no chance ". I have wished for an injection moulded 1/72 Argosy for years and hoped that a mainstream manufacturer would produce one. Then at last year's Scale Model World there it was to my absolute surprise, on display in a glass cabinet on the F-RESIN stand courtesy of Mr Palix of MACH 2 a built up RAF Argosy in camouflage scheme, And on the table were the sprues of parts for anybody interested to study closely. I already had experience of MACH 2 as I had built their Breguet Atlantic so I knew what to expect.............................. But there in front of me was a built up one so they must be buildable.............. They seemed to be flying off the stand to eager buyers so I thought I better get one before they ran out so I bought the RAF silver and white version. On arriving home a close study of the parts gave me some misgivings. The plastic parts had a rough surface with lumps of molten plastic stuck to them. Small parts such as aerials and vortex generators were so crude that they would require scratch making. But really this is what I expected anyway. The instructions only give a rough idea about particular areas of the model as you are expected to already know something about the subject you are building. What did impress me was the inspiring colour scheme and decal placement guide printed in full colour. The quality of the decals looked to be excellent. My wife wanted it to be a Christmas present so I became distracted with another project and it wasn't until March this year that I started cutting plastic off the thick sprues and set to on the laborious task of cleaning up the parts. The Argosy was finally completed in September and I was able to display it on our model club table at Scale Model World where it was the only Argosy to appear in the whole show............. What has happened to all those Argosies that were bought last year ? I took photos of the build as it progressed and so I will share these with you in the sequence that I built it as though I were building it now. Adrian I'm laughing because I know what's coming next...................TOMMY COOPER
  12. Zvezda is to release in 2021 a new tool "easy-build series" 1/72nd Hawker Hurricane kit - ref. 7322 Source: https://vk.com/doc6108131_578170851?hash=b62de4a6f84263e904 V.P.
  13. 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.
  14. Tempest Mk.II Gun Bays (648638 for Eduard/Special Hobby) 1:48 Eduard Brassin After everyone finished jumping up and down with glee at the release of Eduard’s new Mk.II Tempest in 1:48 with its cylindrical cowling and massive radial engine, the detail hounds started to wonder what extras would be around. So far we’ve had a number of sets, and now we have the Gun Bay set. The gun bays on the model are moulded closed, so the first thing you'll need to do it cut the wing apart, making a T-shaped hole in each upper panel, following the panel lines shown in the instructions. You'll also need to chamfer the inner side of the landing light blister inside the lower wing, or your bays won't fit. On first looks, this set appears identical to the Mk.V bays, and to a great extent that is correct, but for the rear lip on the trailing edge of the wing, which has been changed, presumably to make construction easier. The whole bay frame is moulded as a single part per wing, and is given a PE floor with the lower wing internal structure depicted. The two ammo boxes fit into the top of the T each side of the cannons, which are added after, and plumbed in with some small resin parts. The rear of the bay is a mixture of resin and PE parts to obtain the correct thickness of the trailing edge once the bay is offered up to the underside of the upper wing. It fits within the hole, recessed to give a more realistic look and thickness to the bay edges, which are then lined with PE parts that replicate the lip and fastener locations, with the front sections inlaid with more PE to depict the hinges so that the new resin bay doors can be attached folded forwards, while the aft section is loose and usually laid upside down on the wing when removed. A CAD image shows their correct orientation, and Mr Hobby paint codes are called out throughout construction to aid paint choices. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  15. Hawker Hurricane Mk.Ia, pictures from the Finnish Air Force museum, hanks to Sergey.
  16. I understand most Hunters only had Navigation Lights (Red, Green, and White in the Tail). Red & Green (probably ?) on, but Tail blinking? Pattern/Sequence? At least some of the Swiss Hunters (MK58 - Export version of the FG9) were fitted with an ACL (Landing Light - A swing down type), about half-way along the underside of the Fuselage. I wish to fit such a light to a Turbine Powered model I have, but apart from a few long distance photographs cannot find any details. Help please... Cheers, JimR
  17. RP-3 60lb Rockets for Tempest Mk.II (648641 for Eduard/Special Hobby) 1:48 Eduard Brassin This set arrives in a familiar shallow Brassin cardboard box, and contains eight resin rocket bodies with moulded-in fins, eight launch rails, a sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass and a small decal sheet, which anyone with the set for Mk.V Tempest will recognise immediately, as it is a rebox with a new name. The rockets need their exhausts drilling out with a 1mm bit, and are then decked out with numerous PE fittings that facilitate their attachment to the rails later on. The rails are handed, so take care when installing them, then glue the rockets in place and attach the launch command wire to the back of the rocket and the rear of the pylon. Strangely, Eduard still shows the tails hanging down from the wing in their CGI rendering, which is only the case on the ground when they have been fitted to the rails but aren't yet plugged into a socket. Remember this though, and you'll be fine. As usual the paint codes are in Gunze shades, and the decals are also shown in place on the same diagram. Review sample courtesy of
  18. Tempest Mk.II Cockpit (648639 for Eduard/Special Hobby) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Eduard’s new Hawker Tempest Mk.II in 1:48 has been received with great excitement and more than a little bit of drool by many modellers, as it represents the pinnacle of injection moulded kit design at the moment, and a well-loved aircraft to boot. You can always improve on perfection though, and using resin to produce parts of excellent fidelity by creating masters using 3D CAD software and 3D printing is the perfect medium to create even more detailed parts for your model. A great many modellers will be perfectly happy with the detail in the base kit, but if you’re a stickler for detail, fancy the challenge of increasing the fidelity of your cockpit, or just felt like getting one, this set is just what you’re looking for. Arriving in the deep rectangular cardboard box that larger Brassin sets use, inside are three Ziploc bags containing fifty-five resin parts, a fret of nickel-plated pre-painted Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a small decal sheet with instrument dials, and a slip of clear acetate with shapes printed in black ready for cutting out. It is cushioned by a thick sheet of grey foam, and a thick instruction booklet printed in colour on both sides of A4 sheet, folded in half. It’s easy to get confused with these individual leaves fluttering about the desk, but Eduard have numbered the steps, and if you put a couple of staples in the left margin (landscape format), you’ll be able to keep them in sequence. The detail is orders of magnitude better than the already excellent kit cockpit, and the sensible breakdown of parts and their attachment to casting blocks will make the task much easier than it otherwise may have been. Finally, the method of casting that Eduard have developed means that bubbles are almost unheard of in their sets, which is another area of concern removed. If you’re familiar with the cockpit of the Tempest, you will know that it is a framework with the floor suspended in the lower fuselage, so construction begins with the side frames, which have many detail parts added to the frames, plus the side console on the left and right, both of which are substantially different in terms of form and function from each other. The colour call-outs are made in Gunze codes throughout, which makes the task much more pleasant too. The side frames are then linked by the addition of a section of the wing spar and a number of cross-braces, including a scrap diagram to assist with placement of the parts. Two instrument boxes are placed low down on the side frames, then the floor is begun, starting on the central section with control linkages and brackets for the floor “foot trays”, and a slot for the control column, which has two choices of grip. The rudder pedals glue atop the cross-beam and have an adjustment wheel added to the centre, and is then glued in the front of the floor arrangement, which is itself inserted into the framework and integrated with more scrap diagrams holding your hand. The seat is next, with adjustment lever and lower mounts added first, then the PE lap belts in full colour. It gets inserted into the rear of the framework, then is boxed-in by a cross-brace that has the top seat mounts, another cross-brace with fabric cover, then a fuselage structural frame at the rear. The fuel tank is placed straddling the frame in front of the pilot, with the instrument panel sitting right up against it, and festooned with decals and some PE controls, adding a compass with another decal in the bottom centre. The pilot’s back armour panel is glued to the cockpit sill insert along with a Y-shaped section of the shoulder belts that sits behind a rail that the straps drape over later on. The gunsight has two clear acetate parts attached, one of which can be fitted flat down or angled, with a PE cover over the top, and a piece of 0.3mm wire from your own stores leading away from the unit. It is inserted above and in front of the instrument panel on a two-legged bracket that slots into slots in the top of the panel. Before the fuselage can be closed up, the sidewalls, which already have moulded-in ribbing from the box, are detailed with more resin and PE, including an additional decal. Finally, the fuselage can be closed up around the new highly detailed cockpit, with the addition of the kit’s styrene front bulkhead, then the cockpit sill insert and the two shoulder belts are added into the top of the newly minted fuselage. Conclusion When you break it down, it seems a much easier process, and the improvement in detail is excellent. It’s probably not suitable for novices, but anyone with some experience of resin construction should manage perfectly well, and the results will be well worth the effort. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  19. Tempest Mk.II Early (82124) 1:48 Eduard The Tempest was the successor to the Typhoon, both penned by the incredibly talented Sidney Camm and his team. The Tempest was split into a number of parallel sub-projects to prevent it stalling in the event that any of the possible engine options ran into difficulties or were cancelled. The Tempest II was designed from the ground-up to be powered by a radial engine, and ended up using the Centaurus that had originally been destined for the failed Tornado project, a fact that initially caused some teething troubles until the engine mounts were replaced and some other tweaks made. The aircraft was very similar to the more well-known Mk.V from the firewall back, 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. In service, the Tempest Mk.II was found to be an excellent aircraft, and was the fastest prop-driven fighter of WWII at low altitude, even faster than its sibling, despite the heavier Centaurus engine, which was more than compensated for by the missing weight and drag of the chin-mounted radiator. It was also rugged, could take plenty of punishment, and could be thrown around the sky by a competent pilot despite its thin wing, and some airframes were converted for use as fighter bombers. After the war the surplus airframes were sold to other nations following retirement from RAF service, with some lingering on as target tugs into the 50s. The Kit This is a reboxing of the Eduard kit that was first seen by us in a Special Hobby box, as it seems that Eduard may well have collaborated with them on this, possibly based on research Special Hobby carried out for their 1:32 range of kits (supposition & poorly educated guesswork on my part). It arrives in the new gold-themed box with a digital painting of a colourful British Tempest II on the lid, plus profiles of the decal options on the sides. Inside are six sprues in blue-grey styrene, two clear sprues, a fret of pre-painted Photo-Etch (PE) parts, two small sheets of kabuki tape masks, two decal sheets large and small, and a glossy instruction booklet in spot colour with full colour profiles at the rear. Anyone that has seen the initial Tempest kits from Eduard will know the quality of the mouldings, and some of the sprues in the box are from the original Mk.V, while two are new, complete with exceptional detail that includes rivets, cowling fasteners, and fine engraved panel lines that are at the pinnacle of current injection moulding technology. Construction begins with the pilot’s seat, which is assembled from back with two side parts, plus the adjustment mechanism that is fixed on the right, with the PE lap belts added, leaving the shoulder harness until later. The seat is fitted to the rear bulkhead, which has the floor slotted into it, the rudder pedals and the control column put in place, complete with the three-faceted instrument panel, which has the choice of painting a detailed styrene panel, adding four instrument decals applied to a simplified panel, or using the pre-painted PE parts with their glossy dials that attach to a mixed PE and styrene frame and consist of two layers for the best detail. This fits to the front of the sidewall frames, which both have additional PE and styrene details glued on, plus the cross-member that supports the compass, which also has its own PE dial. The frames, cross-member and front bulkhead are added to the sides and front of the cockpit, and the instrument panel installs on two pegs on the cross-member along with the port side console. When closing up the fuselage there is a styrene engine front and spacer that inserts into the front cowling lip, then the fuselage halves need a coat of paint in the cockpit sides, plus a few small parts in the port side, and a bit more paint in the tail wheel bay and its two-part bay former, then you can glue them together. Attention shifts to the wings, starting with the wheel bays, the roof of which is moulded into the underside of the upper wing halves. The bay walls are boxed in with individual panels, plus a few ribs and stiffeners, all of which is painted in interior green on both sides, with a splash also applied to the full-width underside of the bays and the radiator intakes, which also has a radiator core inserted into the starboard wing root. The wings and fuselage are brought together and joined by the front cowling lip, which also gets the interior green treatment, and in the top of the nose, just forward of the canopy, a choice of a styrene louvered intake or a PE replacement for the filters fitted to tropical-converted airframes. The tail of the beast has the fin moulded-in, to which you add the rudder and the elevator fins and flying surfaces that are all able to be posed deflected if you choose. The ailerons are also posable, and are made up from two parts each, one in each wing as you’d expect. If you look at the cockpit aperture it is far too large at this stage, until the sill insert is added along with a number of parts on the rear deck and the gunsight under the front edge. It’s time to insert a pair of clear nav-lights in the wingtips, a pair of leading-edge inserts for the twin cannons, their tiny barrel stubs, and finally the exhaust stubs peeking out from behind the cowling on each side. They’re not hollow tipped, but at that size only a sharp-eyed viewer will notice. The tail wheel is first to be added, made from a two-part styrene wheel, slipping it between the yoke, which attaches to the strut, then inserts into the depression in the bay roof. The bay doors are attached to the sides with small tabs, and an actuator fits in the rear of the bay behind the wheel. The main gear has the smooth styrene wheels with Dunlop in raised lettering on the sidewalls. These slide onto the axles of the struts, and have the captive gear bay door glued to the opposite side, then the completed assembly slots into the bay roof, and would benefit from some brake hoses from your own supplies of lead wire. The retraction struts are fitted later, along with two additional bay doors. While you’re fitting the wheels, you fit the identification lights, two tiny clear parts behind the spent cannon brass chutes, another in the mid-fuselage, and two tiny parts under the fuselage level with the wing leading edge. The crew access stirrup has a replacement PE opener added and a short aerial with PE alternative are arranged around the trailing edge of the wing, then that big prop is made up. The prop has all the blades moulded into a central boss, which is trapped between the back-plate and spinner cap before being slipped over the drive-shaft. You get the choice of open or closed canopy that uses the same parts, beginning with the windscreen glued to the front of the cockpit, then the canopy with a separate frame can be glued closed against the windscreen, or slid back to get a better view of the interior. The final airframe elements are a couple of gear-down indicator lollipops that glue into their depressions in the inner wing panels, and another choice of PE or styrene aerial just behind the canopy. You have another choice ahead of you, which is to have a clean aircraft, one loaded with additional fuel tanks, or a set of eight unguided rockets, four under each wing. The tanks and their short pylons are all moulded in clear, and there is a decal for the indicators on the side of each pylon. The rockets have separate tails and a PE igniter lead, and a detailed guide to their correct painting, each one glued into its own set of slots, which you should probably have drilled out from the inside earlier. Remember that one. Markings You get a generous six decal options on the two sheets, with a few choices of colour schemes, but mostly differing by the individual and personal markings they wear. You also get a sheet of kabuki tape masks for the canopy and tailwheel, plus the walkways at the root of the wing. From the box you can build one of the following: MW835 W/Cdr Charles H Dyson, Wing Commander Flying Southern Sector, RAF Middle Wallop, Hampshire, UK, April 1946 MW416 S/Ldr Henry Ambrose, No.26 Sqn., RAF Fassberg, Germany, May 1947 MW833 No.183/54 Sqn., RAF Chilbolton, Hampshire, UK, June 1946 MW849 No.247 Sqn., RAF Chilbolton, Hampshire, UK, September 1945 MW417 No.26 Sqn., RAF Wunstorf, Germany, 1947 MW423 No.33 Sqn., RAF Changi, Singapore, August 1949 Decals are by Eduard, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion It’s a highly detailed kit right out of the box, made better by adding some rather nice PE for the cockpit and a well-appointed decal sheet with plenty of options. The Tempest II didn’t get a fair shake of the stick in service, so make sure you buy plenty so they get some belated attention. If you just can't get enough detail, check out the aftermarket sets that have been released in conjunction with this and future editions of this kit here. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/hawker-hunter-f6-1-48.html Airfix is to release in October 2018 (?) a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hunter F.6/F.6A kit - ref. A09185 Schemes: 1) XF418 - 4 FTS Brawdy 2) XF509 - 4 FTS 3) Dutch AF V.P.
  21. Tempest Mk.II Hi-Tech (SH48214) The Last RAF Radial Engine Fighter 1:48 Special Hobby The Tempest II was one variant of the Typhoon replacement, both penned by Sir Sidney Camm. The Tempest was split into a number of parallel sub-projects to prevent it stalling in the event that any of the possible engine options ran into difficulties or were cancelled. The Tempest II was designed from the ground-up to be powered by a radial engine, and ended up using the Centaurus that had originally been destined for the failed Tornado project, that 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 Mk.V from the firewall back, 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. In service the Tempest Mk.II was found to be an excellent aircraft, and was the fastest prop-driven fighter of WWII at low altitude, even faster than its sibling, despite the heavier Centaurus engine, which was more than compensated for by the missing weight and drag of the chin-mounted radiator. It was also rugged, could take plenty of punishment, and could be thrown around the sky by a competent pilot despite its thin wing, and some airframes were converted for use as fighter bombers. After the war the surplus airframes were sold to other nations after their retirement, with some lingering on as target tugs into the 50s. The Kit This is a reboxing of the Eduard kit with some additions in the shape of resin parts to turn it into the Hi-Tech edition we have here. It arrives in a dark blue themed box with a painting of a British Tempest II on the lid, plus profiles and details of the included resin on the sides. Inside are six sprues in two shades of blue-grey styrene, two clear sprues, a Ziploc bag of resin, a small fret of Photo-Etch (PE) seatbelts, a sheet of kabuki tape masks, a large decal sheet, and a glossy instruction booklet with spot colour and full colour profiles at the rear. Anyone that has seen the initial Tempest kits from Eduard will know the quality of the mouldings, and some of the sprues in the box are from the original Mk.V, while two in a slightly different shade are from the forthcoming Eduard Tempest II, complete with exceptional detail that includes rivets, cowling fasteners, and fine engraved panel lines. The added resin improves the detail in the engine compartment, which allows the modeller to open up the port side of the engine to expose the Centaurus engine, plus the additional resin wheels with thick chunky tread on the tyres for rough field operations. Construction begins with the pilot’s seat, which is assembled from back with two side parts, plus the adjustment mechanism that is fixed on the right, with the PE lap belts added, leaving the shoulder harness until later. The seat is fitted to the rear bulkhead, which has the floor slotted into it, the rudder pedals and the control column put in place, complete with the three-faceted instrument panel, which has four instrument decals applied once it is painted. This fits to the front of the sidewall frames, which both have additional details glued on, plus the cross-member that supports the compass, which also has its own decal. The frames, cross-member and front bulkhead are added to the sides and front of the cockpit, and the instrument panel installs on two pegs on the cross-member along with the port side console. You can’t close up the fuselage just yet, and the choice of open cowling requires the engine side and resin front to be assembled, plus the spacer and drive axle stub, which can be left loose so you can spin the prop. If you’re leaving the cowling closed, there is a styrene engine front and spacer that takes its place. To pose the cowlings open, the port side of the fuselage is removed carefully following the panel lines, which allows the crisp detail of the resin to show through. The fuselage halves need a little paint in the cockpit sides, plus a few small parts in the port side, and a bit more paint in the tail wheel bay and its two-part bay former, then you can glue them together once your choice of resin engine or styrene front is inserted. The closed cowlings don’t need the panels cutting out of course. Attention shifts to the wings, starting with the wheel bays, the roof of which is moulded into the underside of the upper wing halves. The bay walls are boxed in with individual panels, plus a few ribs and stiffeners, all of which is painted in interior green on both sides, with a splash also applied to the full-width underside of the bays and the radiator intakes, which also have a radiator core inserted into the starboard wing root. The wings and fuselage are brought together and joined by the front cowling lip, which also gets the interior green treatment, and in the top of the nose, just forward of the canopy, a choice of a solid panel, or a louvered intake for the filters fitted to tropical-converted airframes. The tail of the beast has the fin moulded-in, to which you add the rudder and the elevator fins and flying surfaces that are all able to be posed deflected if you choose. The ailerons are also posable, and are made up from two parts each, one in each wing as you’d expect. If you look at the cockpit aperture it is way too large at this stage, until the sill insert is added along with a number of parts on the rear deck and the gunsight under the front edge. It’s insert time now, with a pair of clear nav-lights in the wingtips, a pair of leading-edge inserts for the twin cannons, their tiny barrel stubs, and finally the exhaust stubs peeking out from behind the cowling on each side. They’re not hollow tipped, but at that size no-one will really notice. The tail wheel is first to be added, using either the resin one, or a two-part styrene alternative, slipping it between the yoke, which attaches to the strut, then inserts into the depression in the bay roof. The bay doors are attached to the sides with small tabs, and an actuator fits in the rear of the bay behind the wheel. The main gear has the same choice between smooth styrene wheels and knobbly resin wheels with some serious detail. These slide onto the axles of the struts, and have the captive gear bay door glued to the opposite side, then the completed assembly slots into the bay roof, and would benefit from some brake hoses from your own lead wire supplies. The retraction struts are fitted later, along with two additional bay doors. While you’re fitting the wheels, you fit the identification lights, two tiny clear parts behind the spent cannon brass chutes, another in the mid-fuselage, and two tiny parts under the fuselage level with the wing leading edge. The crew access stirrup and a short aerial are arranged around the trailing edge of the wing, then that big prop is made up. The prop offers a choice of blade types for the various decal options, which are both trapped between the back-plate and spinner cap before they are slipped over the drive-shaft. The open cowling variant gets its two resin replacement covers, plus three tiny resin clasps, and a curved support for the top one, which has a scrap diagram showing you the correct angle that they should be opened to. You also get the choice of open or closed canopy that uses the same parts, beginning with the windscreen glued to the front of the cockpit, then the canopy with a separate frame can be glued closed against the windscreen, or slid back to get a better view of the interior. The final airframe elements are a couple of gear-down indicator lollipops that glue into their depressions in the inner wing panels. You have another choice ahead of you, which is to have a clean aircraft, one loaded with additional fuel tanks, or a set of eight unguided rockets, four under each wing. The tanks and their short pylons are all moulded in clear, and there is a decal for the side of each pylon. The rockets have separate tails, and a detailed guide to their correct painting, each one glued into its own set of slots, which you should probably have drilled out from the inside earlier. Remember that one. Markings You get a generous five decal options on the large sheet, with a wide choice of colour schemes and operators. You also get a sheet of kabuki tape masks for the canopy and wheels, plus all those tiny lights in the underside of the wing. From the box you can build one of the following: HF-X, MW774, No.183 Sqn., RAF Chilbolton, August 1945 5R-V, PW533, No.33 Sqn., RAF Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1949 EG-X, PR733, S/L R E Mooney, CO of 16 Sqn., RAF BAFO Fassberg, West Germany T-, A139 (ex PR809), No.14 Sqn., Royal Pakistan Air Force (RPAF) M, HA557 (ex MW704), Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF), late 1950s Decals are by Eduard, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion What a highly detailed kit! Only made better by adding some rather nice resin parts and a well-appointed decal sheet. The Tempest II didn’t get a fair shake of the stick in service, so make sure you buy a lot of them so they get some belated prominence. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Hawker Hurricane Mk.I 1:48 Airfix A05127A If one was to asked to give the name of a British fighter that took part in the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire would undoubtedly be the most common answer. However, the aircraft that provided the backbone of the defence in that infamous battle was the Hawker Hurricane. Designed in 1935, it was quite a step forwards to the existing front line RAF fighters of that era, key features being a fully enclosed cockpit, retractable undercarriage, 8 guns, powerful V12 engine and most notably, a single cantilever wing as opposed to a biplane configuration. Despite its revolutionary look though, the design and manufacturing techniques were old school, a steel frame with fabric skinning so in reality, it was very much a progressive rather than evolutionary design. This however was to provide useful in manufacturing and in the face of battle. The Hurricane was easy to produce, repair and maintain. This is in comparison to the birth of the Spitfire which used completely new manufacturing techniques which whilst offering performance, hindered early production. Early Hurricane Mk.I’s went through a series of design enhancements. Initial aircraft had fabric wings which limited the dive speed whilst the spin characteristics were a concern for test pilots. This was remedied by the addition of a strake below the rudder that became a key characteristic of the Hurricane. The fabric wings were also changed by 1940 for new metal skinned ones which increased the dive speed by some 80mph. Other notable improvements on the Mk.I were the addition of 70lb of armour plate for the pilot, self sealing fuel tanks and a 3 blade constant speed propeller. The availability of 100 octane fuel early in 1940 gave the Merlin an additional 30% boost power available compared to the power available on 87 Octane which was a significant when one needed to open the taps as wide as they would go!. With aircraft entering service in 1938 with the RAF and a few exports, the first blood was achieved on 21st October 1939 when a squadron of Heinkel He115’s were bounced by 46 Sqn looking for ships in the North Sea. The engagement resulted in 4 aircraft downed with more being claimed by 72 Sqn Spitfires. France was to prove more challenging for the Hurricanes as opposition was encountered by the more lethal BF109E’s. What became the Battle of France was to prove a bloody battle as a result of what the Luftwaffe were able to put up. With the German forces pushing forwards, the RAF and ground forces were forced to retreat to UK soil which paved the way for the Battle of Britain where the Hurricane achieved its legendary status alongside the Spitfire. Of the 2700 victories claimed during this battle by the RAF, nearly 1600 ware at the guns of the hurricane. Whilst the Hurricane soon became outdated a front line day fighter in Europe, it went on to see considerable success in other campaigns throughout the war. With the addition of bombs and cannon, it became an effective ground attack aircraft. It has its history firmly rooted in the battles of the Mediterranean, Russia and the Pacific, not to mention early night fighting over Europe where many aces earned their status. The Kit This is a re-release of Airfix's new tool from 2015. This is a good new tool kit featuring fine panel lines and subtle fabric effects though to this reviewers eyes maybe a little too subtle? The Sprues give a wide variety of parts including the fuselage insert for the Sea Hurricane, normal and tropical air filters; and both de Havilland & Rotol props. Full gunbays are provided for the wings but to make use of these the modeller will have to cut the wing access panels off. Another potential downside is the moulding of the machine gun ports into the wing rather than using an insert. Construction starts with the cockpit which is of a tubular design like the real thing. First up the seat is assembled and set to one side. The left frame fits onto the parts which will form the inside of the main wheel well. The boards for the rudder controls fit to this .Additional tube parts then fit in along with the main control column. The right side frame then fits in and the seat can be attached. A pilot figure is included if the modeller wishes to use it. On the underside the of cockpit a few parts for the wheel well go in. Work then continues on this area but now on the main single part lower wing with additional structures for the wheel well going in. The landing light then goes in also. This whole structure can now fit onto the main single part lower wing. If the modeller does not want to install the internal gun bays then the next nine steps of the instructions can be skipped as these deal with the bays. 4 machine guns, their ammunition boxes, and feed trays are provided for each side along with the internal structure you will see here. Once all of this is in (or not) the left and right upper wings can go on. Inside the fuselage the instrument panel and engine firewall go in. The fuselage can then be closed up and fitted to the complete wing sub-assembly. The front and rear under fuselage sections can then be added. On the main wings separate ailerons are provided. Under the main fuselage the prominent central radiator is built up and installed. To the rear the vertical tail, tail planes and rudder all go on. The rudder and elevators being separate parts. The tail wheel is also added at this stage. Airfix as seems to be normal for them now offer separate parts for retracted and lowered undercarriage. If lowering this then two parts legs with separate retraction struts are offered with three part wheels here the hubs are a separate part. We are now in the finishing stages of the model. At the front the exhaust go on, followed by the propeller assembly. To the instrument panel the gun sight is fitted and then the canopies can go on. If the modeller wished to open the main canopy then a second bigger part is provided to sit over the fuselage, Last up the landing light covers, nav lights and aerial mast go on. Decals The decal sheet is from Cartograf so should post no issues, it has two options; V6665, RF-J. 303 (Polish) Sqn, RAF Northolt September 1940 - Aircraft flown by Sgt. Tadeusz Andruszkow. LK-1, No.87 Sqn, RAF Exeter, August 1940. Flown by Flt Lt Ian Gleed. Research has indicated this aircraft might have had brighter red areas on the tail and roundels and these are provided. Conclusion This is a welcome re-release from Airfix. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  23. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Lukgraphkits/posts/2601550333492357 V.P.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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