224 Peter Posted October 23, 2022 Share Posted October 23, 2022 Some years ago (2014?) I bought the then new Airfix Hawker Typhoon 1B.....it sat in my stash until for no good reason I pulled it out and started. The last 1/24th kit I built was the Grumman Hellcat, a joy to build. The Typhoon build starts with the forward fuselage and cockpit. This is the result.... I posted separately asking about colours, there is certainly room for debate about the interior colours. Assembling the cockpit framing requires great care, the alignment of some parts is not precise and the instructions are not always clear. I test fitted each part a number of times before gluing. Next is the engine, I'm going to have to top cowl open, plus the gun arming panels, but the other parts will be covered. This means a number of engine parts are not used, because there isn't room. Airfix has made the engine almost scale size, so the engine cowl panels would have to be paper thin to fit.... I got hold of a copy of Brett Greens "How to Build" the Airfix 1/24th Typhoon, it is invaluable. Once the engine is in position I can "dirty" the cockpit: these aircraft operated from forward strips in France, which were very dusty, or muddy. The Saber engine was't that oil tight, so oil mist coated the firewall and seeped through the bulkhead, along with exhaust gasses, requiring the pilots to be on oxygen from engine start. Read "The Day of the Typhoon" by John Golley. ISBN 0-85059-758-7. It paints a graphic image of 245 Squadron at B5 Forward air field in France and back at RAF West Hampnett, (better known as Goodwood) where most maintenance was done. The book has some excellent photos, particularly of the interior. More as the build progresses. 11 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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