1/48 Eduard (Hasegawa) Typhoon Mk-1b

Gallery Article by Klaasjan Schuuring on May 2 2019



The Typhoon has been described as the worst fighter of WW2 but that was just meant as a joke to emphasize its awesomeness as a ground attacker.

Armed with four devastating 20mm cannons and a selection of unguided rockets or bombs it could wreck havoc amongst the retreating German forces in the closing year of the Second World War. Eduard provides a comprehensive background story about the aircraft's development which adds to the overall enjoyment of the build. The kit uses the plastic parts of the Hasegawa kit which provides an already well detailed basis to expand on.

Eduard's contribution consists of two frames of PE, beautiful Cartograf decals for 6 versions and some resin parts of which the propeller is truly beautiful.

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Building this kit was a joy from the very start. The cockpit is well detailed and easy to construct. The Eduard seat is quite a bit bigger than the one from the Hasegawa kit but fits nicely. Just a little bit of fiddling is required to build the interior and everything fits snugly. The only difficulty I encountered was fitting the top half of the cockpit on to the rest of the fuselage and some putty and sanding was necessary to make it all look ok. The rest of the build was straightforward.

I painted the exterior using Mr Color paints. I purchased the wrong hues of grey but some mixing corrected that. The Mr Color (Gunze) paints are remarkably durable. They bond to any surface (including my fingers) readily and resist quite some abuse afterwards. Still I resisted overdoing the weathering on this kit. The reference pictures I found showed very well taken care of aircraft so I decided to limit the weathering to a light wash and some chipping. I painted the lettering on the rockets since no decals were provided for them unfortunately, and the turned out pretty well.

I had a really great time building the Typhoon and I hope you will enjoy the pictures.

Klaasjan Schuuring

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Photos and text by Klaasjan Schuuring