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I have just purchased the Revell 1/32nd Hawker Tempest V kit (formerly Special Hobby) and I would like to build it in the markings of a 16 Squadron Tempest V based at Fassberg in late 1946 just before they were replaced by the Tempest II. The kit decals represent two Tempests from 1944 so I am going to have to source some decals to build the Tempest that I want. These would be for the serials on the fuselage and under-wing, the white squadron codes, and the upper wing roundels. I just want to check that I am looking for the right decals because I am not at all knowledgeable regards RAF markings around this time frame.

 

Starting with serials for the fuselage I understand that I need RAF serial black letters 8" so Xtradecal X32021 should be perfect. For the black serials under the wing I am not sure what size I am looking for or indeed who makes them. 😟  

 

The white squadron code letters, probably EG-V, are supplied by Xtradecal but I have to choose between 24" and 30" letters. I don't know which ones apply, I think the larger ones but that is just a guess.

 

The upper wing roundels supplied in the kit are blue and red Type B however I understand that the post war Tempests wore 56" Type C roundels. Again, are these available anywhere?

 

I have searched for all the above using the Hannants web site. Any pointers or advice would be appreciated 👍

 

Michael

 

 

 

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Good call on Fantasy Printshop.  However, although the Hunter serials might be the right size, they are almost certainly the wrong style.  If the aircraft is still in Type C roundels, OP will probably need the angular wartime/pre 1946 style.  I don't see anything in Fantasy's dedicated 1/32 range but there might be something useful in the 1/48 range eg FP885 (21") will give you serials 14" high in 1/32 and FP888 (30") 20" serials.  Afraid I don't know what size the underwing serials of post-war Tempests were: it could well be that both those sizes are too small.

 

https://www.fantasyprintshop.co.uk/shop/product-61/

 

Similarly the serials on Xtradecal sheet 32031 are again the post-war rounded style.  You will be better off with these, also available from Hannants:

 

https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/VA3270?result-token=5mnqH

 

HTH

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afair the size of under-wing lettering was to be 16 or 18 inch on single seat aeroplanes, The size difference was allowed for the room available to put them at their correct spacing.

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Tempest underwent serials were definitely more than 18" high, probably around 30" to 36" and in the "square" style so (most, if not all) Hunter sets won't do the job.  If Tempests used 56" diameter "Type C" or "Type C1" rounders above the wings they could be robbed from a suitable Spitfire sheet.

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34 minutes ago, Black Knight said:

afair the size of under-wing lettering was to be 16 or 18 inch on single seat aeroplanes, The size difference was allowed for the room available to put them at their correct spacing.

FP886 (1/48 24") will give 16"  in the right style.  But 1/48 27" (=18" 1/32) only seems available in Red.

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Just wanted to say thank you to Black Knight, Seahawk and stever219 for the help and suggestions. I had forgotten about the Fantasy Printshop and that looks to be an excellent alternative source of decals for the future. I thought that the suggestion to look at Spitfire decals for the same time frame was really helpful as well.

 

I have since found the book 'The Hawker Tempest' by Richard A. Franks which is aimed at scale modellers and it seems that there are some grey areas regards the markings for post-war BAFO based Tempest V because it seems that some squadrons had differing interpretations of Air Ministry stipulations, making this a somewhat complex subject. Going back to my list...

 

Fuselage serials are definitely 8" black letters 8" so Xtradecal X32021.

 

Under wing serials are 24" black (or 'night') .  

 

The white squadron code letters, definitely EG-V, are 24" sky so Extradecal are good.

 

The upper wing roundels needed are Type C 50".

 

Also interesting that for the later Tempest V series II the sky spinner was changed to black (and possibly flight colours such as red or blue) and the sky band on the rear fuselage was painted over in camouflage colours.

 

Now I have a better idea of the markings needed and where to find them so, again, thank you.

 

Michael

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5 minutes ago, Ghostbase said:

JFuselage serials are definitely 8" black letters 8" so Xtradecal X32021.

You are of course correct: I hadn't noticed that that sheet also has the earlier angular style characters as well as the post-46 rounded style.

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