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Eduard 1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.V ‘Series 2’

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The latest kit off of the bench - made as a retirement gift for one of my colleagues. Our firm was originally a Napier factory, so he wanted something with a big Napier engine in it!




The aircraft depicted is SN330 flown by Sqn Ldr Macfie of 3 Sqn RAF, Germany 1947. This aircraft was refurbished by Hawker post war and sprayed High Speed Silver before redelivery to the RAF. The only photo of the aircraft has it fitted with rocket rails, so the model is too!

Kit was built from the Royal Class boxing, using the included Resin Exhausts and etch set. Painted with Mr Color 159 ‘Super Silver’ which I think is perfect for the RAF high speed silver. Finished with an oil wash, exhaust staining with Tamiya smoke and finished with Mr Color satin varnish. I omitted the framing around the radiator air filter as the Photo etch was a nightmare - if I had more time I may have attempted to scratch build something with Plasticard. 

Cockpit made up into a stunning replica, having built the special hobby 1/32 Tempest cockpit, this one was a dream to put together in comparison. 





Surface detail on the kit is lovely, but trying to maintain it when sanding some of the more tricky seams is difficult - particularly the join between fuselage and flaps:



The design of the trailing edge is truly terrible, hence the filler! I believe they have amended this on their Mk.ii tempest. 

Other than that a lovely kit, next up is the Series 1 aircraft from the same boxing 🙂



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Thanks for looking! 


P.S - Props to @Ben Hartmannfor lending me ‘RAF Stotfold’ for the afternoon to shoot some good outdoor snaps 😉


P.P.S - Apologies if you’ve seen this model on any social media already!

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19 hours ago, ForestFan said:

Very nice


7 hours ago, kelly9mm said:

Great build! Congrats!





6 hours ago, Andrew.S said:

Lovely Tempest, good job! :clap:


8 hours ago, 28ZComeback said:

Beautiful build and finish.  

Thanks all! Too kind as always 

19 hours ago, Ben Hartmann said:

Amazing Work Ash


Fantastic to see it in the flesh today mate, the photos don’t do it justice, it really has to be seen to be believed!






Appreciate it pal - I think you’re my no.1 fan 😉


Good news is my colleague absolutely loved it! 


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I don't see how your colleague could do anything else but love it as it is such a fine build and finish.  Thanks for sharing.

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On 30/04/2024 at 19:39, billn53 said:

Silver is an appealing color for the Tempest! Well done, sir!

Thanks! I completely agree, I would usually opt for camo, but glad I did something a little different - my next one will be back to normal though 🤣



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