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1/72 Academy Hawker Typhoon 1B

by Rick Reinbott

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This is my Academy 1/72 Hawker Typhoon 1B.

Construction  

 

The kit went together very well with some scratchbuilding done to enhance the nice detail of the model.  Hydraulic lines for the main landing gear was made from beading wire with the lead foil being used for the retaining straps.  The seat harness was also made from lead foil, which was painted using Model Master Leather and silver for the buckles.   The cannon barrels were drilled out using my mini-drill and the antennas for the fuselage topside and underside were made from different diameters of brass rod.   

 

The “pigtails” hanging off the rocket ends were cut from a piece of plastic netting that was used to cover an area of our yard that we had graded and seeded earlier this year.  They were all attached to one another so all I did was cut them into small pieces, trim them a little with a small scissors, and they were ready for painting and gluing.  If anyone wants some, just let me know!  I was originally planning to use cut small pieces of thread and dip the ends in Super Glue, which I think would work fine as well.

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Painting  

 

Model Master Paints were used for the exterior colors of Ocean Gray, Dark Green and Medium Sea Gray.  Primer was airbrushed on the model first followed by spraying on the medium sea gray underside.  The underside was then masked off and the topside was sprayed ocean gray overall followed by some fading using ocean gray mixed with flat white.  The instructions were expanded to 1/72 scale using my home copier and the outlines for the dark green color were then cut out and laid over drafting tape.  I then drew the outline on the drafting tape, cut the piece, and used thread to run along the edge of the outline under the tape so that the edge would be lifted slightly off the edge of the model to provide a softer edge when spraying on the dark green.  After masking, the dark green was sprayed on followed again by some light shading of that color mixed with flat white.

 

Although the instructions call for the cockpit interior and landing gear areas to be painted gray green and medium sea gray respectively, my references indicated otherwise, so I went with the references.  Accordingly, the cockpit was painted flat black overall as was the area on the upper fuselage immediately behind the cockpit, with the seat being painted aluminum. The cockpit black was drybrushed using Humbrol Panzer Gray.  The landing gear wells and the insides of the strut covers and gear well doors were also painted aluminum.  

The author Chris Thomas, who has written a number of books on the Typhoon and Tempest, was kind enough to send me an outstanding color photograph showing that the interior of the gear wheel doors were indeed an aluminum shade, in addition to showing the double ring around the rocket tips as well as the width of the wing leading-edge yellow stripe being narrower than I had originally thought.  The picture can be seen on the right.  

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Above photo copyrighted by the RCAF

In 1/72 scale the red rocket ring around the tip was too small to paint for me so I just painted the outer one, albeit a little further back than the picture shows.  Chris also informed me that the two port cannon fairings as well as the inboard starboard one were painted ocean gray with the ocean gray also being applied to the underside of the fairings.  The fairing for the outboard starboard fairing was painted dark green, again with the dark green being applied to the underside of the fairing.

 

 

Weathering & Decaling  

 

For weathering, in addition fading the base colors, I applied an oil wash of Ivory Black to the panel lines using a fine-tipped brush. Since I didn’t want the wash to be too heavy on the topside, I just used the jar of turpenoid that I have for cleaning out my brushes, which naturally contains some oil residue in it, and applied that to those panel lines.  The excess was wiped off in the direction of the airflow using Q-Tips.  Paint chipping was done with a silver pencil and I used black pastel chalk along with some panzer gray for the exhaust staining.  The exhaust stacks were painted flat black, drybrushed with panzer gray and followed up with a drybrushing of rust. 

I used the kit decals which worked out okay.  Some so-called “silvering” of the roundels on the wing topsides occurred despite my efforts to keep that from happening…oh well.

The Base

 

The base was obtained from a local craft store (Michael's) for $1.50 or so which I stained with two coats of leftover deck stain & sealer.  I mixed Celluclay with water (naturally), then colored it by mixing in acrylic dark brown craft paint, which was then spread on the base.  After letting it dry completely (2 days), I mixed Elmer's Glue with a little water (can't allow it to get too runny), spread that over the groundwork, and sprinkled Woodland Scenics "Turf" on the glue until the proper coverage was achieved.  I then blew off the excess until everything stayed in place.  After letting it dry overnight, I sprayed a light coat of Testors Dullcote over it to make sure the "grass" stayed in place and let it dry for around 6 hours or so before taking pictures.  Yeah, pretty simple.          

 

The model represents a machine from the 193rd Squadron, 146th Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force during 1944-45.  

Happy Modeling!

Rick

References:

  •  Camouflage & Markings: Hawker Tornado, Typhoon & Tempest RAF Northern Europe 1936 - 1945, R.C. Jones. R.L. Ward, Ducimus Books Limited

  • The Illustrated Directory of Fighting AIrcraft of World War II, Bill Gunston, Salamandar Books Ltd. 1988

  • The Typhoon and the Tempest story, Chris Thomas, Arms & Armour, 1988

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