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Chris Thomas explains the production nuances of Hawker's bubble canopy
Typhoon ... and offers vital information with regard to Airfix's new kit.

Valuable camouflage and markings detail for the Typhoon Mk.IB is
imparted by Chris Thomas. who also offers useful illustrations covering
identity and national markings.


Period images, fo ur beautiful colour profiles and individual airframe
histories give inspiration for the finishing of Airfix's Typhoon.


Airfix Model World contributor Steve Budd experiences his favourite
aircraft build of all time, via a test shot of Airfix's new 1/24 Typhoon.

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• Having just emerged from Hawkers modification programme in April transparent section replaced the aircraft conversions seems to Plans to introduce both features was introduced in September
1944, JP934 will have had a new canopy, RP connections and armour earlier fairing, it was not until have survived and examples early in 1944 were disrupted by 1944, either in the Late PD or RB
installed (the stencil 'THIS FAIRING IS ARMOURED' can just be seen on January 1943 that the first trial are only known from logbooks problems with the oil seal on series.
the radiator fairing). Note that the exhaust fairings have been removed ...
installation of a totally new or photographs. Known serial the new propeller unit and, as a Features of Typhoons entering
holes left by the mounting screws can be seen around the exhaust area.
canopy was completed. Hailed numbers are in the R. DN, EJ result, when the new tail planes service with bubble canopies
by the experienced pilots whose and EK ranges. Others destined appeared on the production line from September 1944
opinions were sought, it was to become FR.IBs were in the JP with MN307 only a small number • Production late PD, RB and
a ground-breaking design and serial range. of aircraft were fitted with SW series
would be the first completely decu At this time a decision was 4-bladers (mostly used for trials). • Large tail plane
canopy in operational service; it made to update all Typhoons in Features of Typhoons entering • 4-blade propellers
heralded a flurry of similar designs operational service (c.400) with service with bubble canopies • No exhaust fairings
for the Thunderbolt, Mustang, new canopies and fittings for from March 1944 • Tropical Air Intake
Spitfire and subsequent types. rocket projectiles (also just being • Production MN307 - MN600 • lOOOlb bombs
However, due to difficulties in introduced on Typhoons). All • Large tail plane • LRTs
changing the production line, Typhoons were already capable • Mostly 3-blade propellers • RPs
the first new production Typhoon of carrying a pair of bombs (up • Exhaust fairings So far fairly straightforward
(JR333) with the bubble canopy to 500lb each) or 44gal drop (up to c. MN435) ... until one considers repaired
would not be completed until tanks. These modified aircraft • 500lb bombs aircraft. With the Gloster
late November 1943. Meanwhile, mostly had serials in the JP and • LRTs production line working at full tilt
Gloster (which built all but 15 of JR ranges. • RPs (the fifth production batch - 800
the 3,315 production Typhoons) Features of Typhoons with Eventually, full supplies of an aircraft with MM/MN/MP-serials -
was busy bringing up to date bubble canopies in service from improved oil seal for the 4-blade were turned out in seven months)

some of the large numbers of September 1943 propellers became available and and with no room for expansion
Typhoons produced earlier in • Production JR333 - MN306 from MN601, which was delivered as Meteor production had priority,

..•~ .
. ,..._he first question that
many will ask about
the year, which had been stored
owing to the chronic shortage of
• Rebuilds R, DN, EJ and FJ series
• Modified aircraft in JP and
just before D-Day, 4-blade
propellers were standard.
the RAF, with the prospect of
burgeoning losses from the @

serviceable Napier Sabre engines. JR series Features of Typhoons entering
Airfix's kit, and spotting These were the first with the • Small tail plane service with bubble canopies
some of the alternatives new canopy to enter service, • 3-blade propeller from May 1944
available - tail planes, propellers, from mid-September 1943; early • Exhaust fairings • Production MN601 to mid-PD Air Defence of Great Britain
exhaust fairings, annament - is examples went to commanding • 500lb bombs series Advanced Landing Ground
which Typhoons can be built out officers of units still using the • Long-Range Tanks (LRTs) • Large tail plane
of the box? CO Commanding Officer
Typhoon in the fighter role • Rocket Projectiles (RPs) • 4-blade propellers
'Late production Typhoon IB' (many squadrons had converted from c.MN117 • No exhaust fairings GDC Group Dispandment Centre
is the title on the box but in to fighter-bombers by this time). (others retro-modified for RP) • 1000lb bombs GSU Group Support Unit
fact with the exception of more The new canopies were popular Trials of 4-blade propellers on • LRTs LRT long-range tank
obscure weapons fits, and the but in limited supply for several Typhoons had been underway • RPs

little-used fighter-recce version months. Pilots often noted their since 1942 and late in 1943 the The final major change came MU Maintenance Unit
(FR.IB), every variant of the first trip in a 'slider' as they were 4-blader was paired with an with the intmduction of the RP rocket-projectile
Typhoon with a bubble canopy first known - to differentiate enlarged tail plane (as fitted to Tropical Air Intake. This device TAl Tropical Air Intake
can be built. But they were all them from earlier 'car-door' the Tempest) and this proved filtered air drawn in during
IBs weren't they? Yes they were, TAF Tactical Air Force
models. No listing of these new to be a successful combination. ground running and take-off and
but a stream of refinements
Chris Thomas relates the production history of Hawker's and modifications to cope with
changing requirements and • Wing Commander Desmond Scott
bubble canopy Typhoon ... and how its many variations conditions, meant that the (RNZAF), the Tangmere Wing Leader,
seen with his personally-marked
relate to Airfix's new kit appearance of service Typhoons
varied frequently. In fact 1ate
Typhoon R8843/DJ -S. This was among
the first batch of Typhoons to be

((} • Photographed at Martlesham Heath in March 1944, MN207 /JX-1 of 1

Squadron, has 44gallong-range tanks fitted and sports the later style
of exhaust fairing (as seen on the RAF Museum's Typhoon, MN235).
production Typhoon' does not
tell the full story, as many
mid-production examples were
modified with bubble canopies
rebuilt with the bubble canopy and
was received by 486 Squadron on
September 16, 1943.

Note also the under wing identity stripes have been removed (in and they too can be built from
accordance with instructions that took effect on February 7. 1944). this kit. So what follows is a
short history of the bubble-
canopy Typhoon, from its
introduction through to the last
production aircraft. charting
visible changes to the airframe.

Birth of the bubble

From the Typhoon's introduction
into service in September 1941,
the type's pilots complained of
restricted vision, not just to the
rear where it was blocked by a
solid fairing , but also forwards
and upwards, impeded by
heavy framing. Although a rear
forthcoming invasion of Europe, were widely used on 'Rangers' only figured on production running, the normal air intake
turned to the repair organisation over Occupied Territory and then aircraft for two months (serials was closed and air was drawn
as a means of keeping its Typhoon after D-Day, before Normandy between c.MN130 and MN400); in through the filter. Although
squadrons fully equipped. The bases became available, they were examples may be seen on MN235, the trials were successful, only
RAF had its own repair facility at employed by Typhoon bomber the RAF Museum's Typhoon. sufficient Typhoons were available
13 MU, RAF Henlow, and 511 RU squadrons in asymmetric loads - a From March 1944 the fairings for the 2nd TAF's needs, so no
(later renamed the Forward Repair LRT under one wing and a 500\b were abandoned, apparently due further examples served in the
Unit) at RAF Odiham but they bomb under the other. Little used to overheating problems and by Mediterranean theatre. With a
were joined by civilian contractors in Normandy, as targets were D-Day most had disappeared from heavy RP and canopy modification
- the parent company, Hawker so close to Advanced Landing operational Typhoons. programme it seems the TAl was
at Langley, Taylorcraft at Rearsby Grounds (ALGs) in France, they considered a dispensable luxury,
and Marshal\ of Cambridge. proved valuable again in late Intake furniture despite the fact that the Spitfires
Typhoons (typically after autumn 1944 as Netherlands- From the first prototype and Mustangs operating alongside
wheels-up landings) damaged based Typhoons ranged deeper onwards the Typhoon featured a the Typhoon in Normandy were
beyond the capacity of local into Germany. The RP squadrons concentric fairing in the centre of so-equipped. Events would prove
repair units, were transported to carried an LRT with a pair of RPs the chin intake, which split the this to be near disastrous.
these locations and rebuilt as new in the outer positions, on each airflow in three directions. This Only a week after D-Day,
aircraft. Unfortunately no detailed wing. Occasionally four RPs were device featured on all production Typhoons began operating from
records of the aircraft involved, or slung underneath one wing, while aircraft but was sometimes ALGs in Normandy and just 0 A more permanent answer to the dust was the drum filter, held in place by
the standards to which they were a single LRT and two RPs sat omitted from 2nd TAF Typhoons two days after that the first a hamework and with 'cuckoo' doo rs. which opened inwards with the airflow or
rebuilt. seem to have survived. under the other. to allow for a dust filter and often indications that the swirling outwards for the occasional backfire.
Judging from photographic Late in the war 90gal tanks (not not replaced when dust filters dust on the strips was causing
evidence it seems that most in the kit) became available but were removed in 1944/45. engine problems were evident. Typhoons were fitted with line with a single light, in the
rebuilt aircraft were delivered were little used in combat, except When operating from ALGs in The problems escalated quickly this filter. Cuckoo door filters port leading edge. At the same
with their original tail plane/ as make-shift napalm bombs the spring of 1944, a stone guard and Typhoon squadrons were continued in use, although they time Typhoons equipped with
propeller combination, but it is during operational trials. was fitted to many Typhoons. ordered to fit blanking plates were often removed (they caused RPs were having landing lights
known that (apparently) smaller This was an oval steel mesh, over the intakes' centre. Soon deterioration in performance) removed and the apertures
numbers received Tempest tails Exhaust fairin s which fitted within the intake after that a Napier-designed during winter. For many years covered with plates (the same
and four-blade propellers. These items were introduced as and protected the radiator from deflector dome was fitted to all the presence of the TAl on large modification was made to new
So, for modellers who seek part of the campaign to 'clean-up' stones or debris. These were also Normandy Typhoons and that numbers of late-war Typhoons aircraft with the sing le light if
complete historical accuracy, the Typhoon in 1943 and they carried by some Typhoons in design was, in turn, superseded eluded historians, plan RPs were to be carried). This
unless building a model of did indeed add a few miles per Normandy but disappeared when by a drum filter with hinged draftsmen and kit manufacturers. measure was taken to prevent the
a Typhoon straight off the hour to the top speed. They were the dust crisis hit. 'cuckoo doors' (to accommodate However, the TAl has appeared Perspex lamp covers catching fire
production line, a photograph of of two types (both are in the In 1943, three Typhoons had backfires). This latter design was on recent versions of Arthur from the RP exhaust.
the airframe in question is vital. kit); the first. with a prominent flown on tropical trials in North seen on Typhoons for the rest of Bentley's peerless plans and The space left by the starboard
flange, fitted over the exhaust Africa; the major modification the war and in the latter months Airfix's new 1/72 kit scale ... and landing light was utilised on
Lon -Ran e Tanks stubs and surrounding cowlings, on these aircraft was a device it was often paired with a stone now on the 1/24 version. small numbers of Typhoons
A pair of Hurricane-style 44gal was introduced in August 1943 named the Tropical Air Intake guard- with a circular cut-out (two or three per squadron) to
(sometimes referred to as 45gal) (c.JP590 on the production line). (TAl). Fitted to the underside to accommodate the drum filter Landin li hts accept a 35mm cine camera, to
fuel tanks, which could be It was superseded in January of the fuselage, immediately without impeding the doors. Early 'sliders' had a landing light record RP attacks for analysis.
jettisoned, could be fitted to 1944 by a slimmer version that aft of the radiator fairing, it Meanwhile, production of in the leading edge of each wing The only visible evidence of this
any of the Typhoons covered by fitted neatly in the cowling contained a Vokes filter and was the TAl was underway and but early in 1944 Typhoons modification was a small aperture
this article. Early in 1944 they exhaust aperture. This version arranged so that when ground from September 1944 Glosters started leaving the production in the leading edge. 0
• The stop-gap solution to the Normandy dust problem was the 'dome deflector'. It
was not completely effective and a backfire could send it flying across the dispersal! • Having served with 182 Squadron in 1942, R8826 was rebuilt
by 13 MU and entered service again with 609 Squadron in
September 1944. It is seen here in 1945, still with 609 Squadron
as PR· M, carrying Mk.lll aluminium RP rails and fitted with a
35mm cine-carnera in the starboard landing light bay (note a
small aperture in the leading edge).

lthough operational
Typhoons only wore
one camouflage
scheme (Dark Green
and Ocean Grey upper surfaces,
Medium Sea Grey under surfaces)
there were a number of confusing
stripes. The latter had at last
been standardised (previously
a number of variations could be
seen) and extended from the
outer edge of the inner cannons
to the wingtip lights, interrupted
by the outer cannon. Centred on
36in National Marking ill (Type
Cl) on the fuselage. Fin flashes,
Tail Fin Marking (i), were 24in
(61cm) square.

In 1943 Typhoons carried their
changes to national markings the leading edge, they tapered famous identity stripes (often
and identity stripes. from 4in (10cm)to 3in (8cm) in mistaken by caption-writers for
When the 'slider' first entered width (in 1/24 scale 1/6 to 1/8 of D-Day markings). These had been
service, both ADGB (as Fighter an inch; many a Typhoon model introduced in December 1942
Command had been re-named) has been spoilt by oversized and, after initial application
and Tactical Air Force- TAF (soon yellow leading edges!). in the field, were applied to
to be 2nd TAF) Typhoons carried Roundels were 50in (127cm) Typhoons at the factory. They
Chris Thomas explains the standard Fighter Command National Marking I (aka Type B) comprised four 12in (30cm)
camouflage and markings markings; spinner, 18in (46cm)
fuselage band and code letters all
on the wing upper surfaces, 32in
(81cm) National Marking II
chord-wise black stripes on each
wing under surface, starting at
details of 'Slider' Typhoons in Sky, plus yellow leading edge (Type C) below the wings and the wing root and separated by

• Two 137 Squadron pilots inspect one

of the unit's new aircraft at Colerne in
January 1944. Typhoon MM972/SF-F still
wears identity stripes below the wings
and is armed with a pair of 250lb (113kg)
bombs; these were sometimes used on
longer· range or night operations.

and were applied initially in a

washable distemper. The stripes
encircled the wings, starting
6in inboard of the upper surface
roundel, and the fuselage 18in
forward of the tail plane (this
coincided with the forward edge
• Airborne from Thorney Island on D-D ay, MN293/TP·D of 198 Squadron, displays typical hasty application of 'Distinctive of the Sky band). The stripes
Markings', repositioning of code letters and a small repeat of the serial number above the fin-flash. were not painted over national e
three 24in white stripes. The
stripes had proved effective, • Photographed in Germany soon after
the end of the war, this 266 Squadwn
particularly in identifying
Typhoon MN353/ZH-J, has 36-inch wing
incoming Typhoons to coastal rounde\s - the same site as those on the
anti-aircraft gunners, who were fuselage. In common with all 146 Wing
on the watch for Luftwaffe 'tip- Typhoons at this time, it has a bright
and-run' raiders. red spinner and cannon barrels.
By February 1944, with
increasing numbers of Typhoons
ranging over occupied territory,
the stripes proved to be too
revealing and orders were issued
that they were to be removed
'by first light' on February 7,
1944. Typhoons remained in
this unadorned state until, in
common with many other RAF
and USAAF types, orders were
received to paint 'Distinctive
Markings - Aircraft', more
commonly known as 'D-Day
stripes'. These were applied on
June 3-4, as D-Day was expected
to be June 5, although, in the
event it did not take place until
June 6 due to poor weather.
The 'D-Day stripes' on Typhoons
were 18in wide, three White
alternating with two Night,
~ .
period· August 25 to September
10, 1944; leeway was allowed in
the timing of this instruction and
under wing stripes were still seen
on some aircraft into October Typhoon identity markings,
1944 and possibly later. However, December 5, 1942 t11 February 7, 1944
the final act of the stripe saga for
Typhoons came on December 31,
1944 with the order to remove
all remaining stripes. This was
followed just two days later by
important changes applicable to
I. (
lde ntity markings remove d
February 7, 19 44

all 2nd TAF aircraft.

Plagued by attacks from
Four black 12in (30cm) stripes alternating with )
three 24in (50cm) white stripes commencing at
'friendly' fighters and anti- the wing root ; under wing surfaces only
aircraft gunners, 2nd TAF decided
unilaterally to emphasise the
roundels on all its aircraft by
adding a white inner ring to Stripes commence 6in ( 15cm)
the upper wing roundels and a inboard of wing roundel D-Day 'distinctive markings'
narrow yellow outer ring to both SHAEF Operational Memorandum No . 23
upper and lower wing roundels. June 4, 1944
At the same time, Sky bands
Three white. alternating
were over-painted in camouflage
wit h two black smpes.
colours and spinners repainted in
18in (45cm) wide, on
Night. This order did not apply to
upper and lowe r wing
non-operational Typhoons in the
surfaces and encircling
UK engaged on training duties or
t he rear fuselage
research and development work;
these however did have just the
inner white ring added to the Stripes commence 18in (45cm)
upper wing roundels at about the forward of tailplane
same time.
The 2nd TAF completed painting
its aircraft in the new scheme
on February 5 and Typhoons
wore this scheme to Victory in Removal of markings from wing and fuselage
Europe Day. In the summer days upper surfaces late Junefearly July 1944
that followed, Typhoon wings
(officially 6 July 1944)
based in Germany decorated Removal of markings from under wings
their aircraft with unaccustomed (between August 25 and September 10, 1 944)
colour. Spinners, fuselage bands
and the insides of undercarriage
leg fairings were the main areas
chosen. It would take a separate
article to detail the many
variations but one of Airfi:x's Removal of an stripes and
decal choices, MP197 /MR-U Upper wing National Marking I Sky bands, addition of
is perhaps the most extreme converted to National Marking m National Marking Ill in all Typical variants shown
example. 0 positions, January 3, 1945

markings but no direction used the time to carry out engine • This 197 Squadron TyJJhoon,
appears to have been given changes and fit dust filters, RB251/ 0V-G, has run into soft
regarding code letters; these before they returned to French ground and tipped onto its nose,
were sometimes over-painted soil in the last week of June. affording a clear view of its late-
and crudely reapplied in new It seems likely that this was war 2nd TAF scheme - no stripes
positions (e.g. forward when the revealing stripes were or Sky band, Night spinner and
fuselage or tail fin). Some removed from upper surfaces upper wing roundels with added
white and yellow rings. Underwing roundels
units carefully painted around (why make the German gunners'
the letters while others left a job easier?), although the official were modified just by
'window' in the stripes. order to do so was issued on On some aircraft the the addition of a yellow
July 6. Once again, this order large National Marking outer ring, changing
I:Jtttm,t.ifd was carried out in various styles, I on the upper wing National Marking IT to
As related earlier, Typhoons soon with replacement aircraft often surface was replaced by National Marking ID
Spinners painted Night
began to operate from bases in marked with the last fuselage a smaller, fuselage-sized
Normandy and these were soon stripe overlapping the Sky band. National Marking ill
subject to ferocious German The next instruction was to Most D-Day stripes were applied to the aircraft at the
shelling . Forced to abandon these remove all wing stripes and this airfields the night before. Ground crews used anything
bases, the Typhoon squadrons was to be carried out during the lllustro110ns by Chrrs Thomas © 20 14 to hand to apply the stripes, which resulted in vast
• contrast in widths and styles.
ZY-N DN252 , 247 Sqn October 1944

The Silver Bullet. FLS late 1944

Pulverizer IV, 440 Sqn June 1945

MR-U MP197 , 245 Sqn June 1945

Illustrations by Chris1hamas © 20 14

The accompanying photographs illustrate each of the kit subjects in the schemes appropriate to the decals provided. However, these Knowing that many modellers are torn between using the kit decals and searching out
are (literally) just snapshots in time and, as can be seen from the foregoing histories, there is potential to ring the changes to some degree. something 'different, the colour profiles illustrate variations on the schemes offered by Airfix.
that deciding which markings
option and how it would finally
be completed was a decision to
be made right from the outset, as
this would affect external stores
and whether certain engine and
weapon parts would be added or
omitted to accommodate external
cowling panels.
A preliminary tour through the • The backing was prevented from • The handsomely detailed pilot just
joining smoothly with the ITont, until required meful assembly and painting,
build guide also revealed that
the spare gun sight bulbs were removed. for those who favor a seated figure.
this was a kit intended to be
brought together in the sequence
directed by Airfix and, with just
a handful of exceptions, this was
the premise followed throughout
what proved to be this modeller's
favourite aircraft build of all time.

Bones of the beast

Stages 1 to 3 were navigated
quickly and easily and created
the core structure of the
'Tiffie'; the design

-i!t The well-appointed seat was designed for maximum detail and positive
HAWKER TYPHOON engineering allowed a glue- assembly... and included a substantial cushion for the pilot.
Mk.IB free alignment test on the
Airfix lower wing section that was
A19002 found to be, encouragingly,
near perfect. The heel boards
1/24 were set aside while the
£99.00 remainder of the structural
Available from: components completed the
internal framing (Stages 5 to 8).
This was dearly a suitable
point to commit to paint, and
dialogue with type expert Chris
Thomas led to a 'silver lacquer'
finish created from Gunze Mr.
Metal Color Aluminium 218 and
matt acrylic varnish. The cockpit
several variations of engine and fittings ran through Stages 9 to
~ ufbCssumptuous unambiguously illustrated gun bay exposure on the ground, 38 and an efficient plan of attack
Steve Budd discovers a stunning styrene buffet will construction stages. where huge diorama potential was to place a fresh sheet of A3 -i!t The surface rendering was a mass of fine, beautifully executed panel subtleties,
level of detail in his test shot build of cater for all tastes
and appetites,
These ranged from 'buttoned-
up' in flight via a separately
was apparent immediately. The paper on the bench and clean up which included stressed metal effects.
bullet-pointed introduction to all the associated components
Airfix's new 1/24 Hawker Typhoon within its 231 beautifully and available stand and motor, to the instructions emphasised one by one, writing theu EEl

Test-fitting of the main initial components was very reassuring and demonstrated • With just a small handful of parts assembled, the complexity and size of the • As the build involved dropped flaps, it was essential to eradicate ejector pin -i!t A step was found in the lower rear fuselage join on dry fitting ... later resolved by
the welt-considered engineering sequence of these parts. finished model became apparent very quickly. marks between the ribs, via punched sheet styrene discs and Gunze Mr. Surfacer 500. removing a little of the inner mating surface of part N01 .

• Mild Black and Burnt Umber oil washes were applied consecutively, with a barrier • The base engine core comprised just a few parts, but built quickly into the centra\
coat of acrylic varnish in between to 1ock in' the progress. structure that was home for a multitude of pipes, cables and sundry fittings.

part numbers next to them ... the assembly sequence. With immediately, prior to the lower then over-sprayed with plenty tight network of scratches and protected against the carbon supplied in two parts
and remembering not to sneeze! part B25 fitted securely, it was back armour (A08, A26 and B27). of acrylic matt varnish before chips; regular pauses were made monoxide that was the cause of - the facing section
Items destined to become sub- a squeeze to achieve this but several coats of Worn Effects, to dab areas dry with kitchen previously unexplained Typhoon and a clear backing piece
assemblies became so and all tilting the seat forward and first Wear and tear thinned 50-50 with water, joined paper to check the progress and losses in wartime. Airfix correctly that carried the lenses. The
were painted and weathered as engaging the pin that located Airfix recommended Humbrol the paint session. A hair dryer overall effect. With the black directed that it was not possible design rationale was for decals
necessary, before they received into its lower left side was a 140 Gull Grey for the seat but gave a fast 'cure' to the ensemble paint suitably distressed, the hair to install him at the end of the to be placed at the rear of the
protective matt varnish. successful strategy (Note: the a slight anarchic tendency was and Tamiya's XF-69 NATO Black dryer earned its keep again and a build, but examination of the clear lenses but while this was
Although Airfix stipulated parts in Stage 23 were already in responsible for a 'field repaint' in was applied in several thin layers sealing coat of matt varnish sealed instructions indicated he could logical in principle, its thickness
that the seat should be fitted situ before the seat went in). One black, as an excuse to emphasise and again blown dry. It was then the finish and protected against still be fitted much nearer the suggested that the two parts
in Stage 16, this was left until other recommended alteration the lovely chipping and scratching straight into the fun and a cut- further handling. end, just before Stage 207, if the instead be joined and sprayed
Stage 20, as the upper and to the sequence was considered that was possible through use down 'chisel' brush was made wet With the cockpit almost finished, instrument panel was also left to Tamiya XF-69 (including the which were moulded into the
lower back armour was found in Stage 13 with the pneumatic of AK Interactive's Worn Effects (but not dripping) with clean the choice was made to leave out this point. lenses), so that Airscale decals backing piece, gently precluded
to 'set' correctly the rake of the hand pump, trim wheel and 088. Simple to execute, the seat water and scrubbed into the the beautifully sculpted pilot. could be applied on top, to better alignment with the facing part
seat automatically, without the control column linkage being was base-coated in Gunze Mr. paint. The underlying aluminium depicted authentically with Panel beatin mimic photographs. The three and so were carefully removed
need to measure this earlier in easier to install and align Metal Color Aluminium 218, and was revealed steadily through a oxygen mask in place ... which The instrument panel was spare bulbs for the gun sight, with a new scalpel blade and e

The enjoyment factor from this wonderful kit grew exponentially as key cockpit • The seat in particular was great fun to complete and received plenty of matt • Even with the bulk of the internals fitted, the see-through, floorless design of * The pane\ was a joy to paint and could be left out until quite late in the kit's
items were finished and fitted .. .it all looked just like the real thing. varnish to protect it during fitting ... later in the build than recommended. the cockpit was obvious. Airfix rendered this area very well. overall assembly. Airscale's after-market instrument decals looked superb.
• Upper fuselage halves were test-fitted in position and remained in place without • The fully completed internals were subjected to an enormous amount of handling • This image is a reminder that unless a 3. 5mm hole was drilled (long after it • AdrenaUne-fuelled anticipation preceded the knowledge t hat the beast was on the
glue, thanks to the positive locating tabs. by this stage, but emerged unscathed. should have been) in the corner of the gear well. there would be no well lights. cusp of acquiring its fuselage and upper wings.

fitted independently, after the lower wing centre section. The later in the build. Once the tape Alclad II Gun Metal, but were that the interior of each gun with leading edge and main fuel
main assembly was joined, which first order of business, however, was removed, the rigidity of unable to pass cleanly through bay would be aluminium, but tanks, the wing interiors were
resolved this minor issue. was to drill out the location the combined assemblies was the routing holes in the gun Airfix indicated that a leather loaded with detail and it was
holes for the 60lb rockets, the increased greatly and this trend bay walls, and therefore required colour was correct. Further time to give the Typhoon a
Sabre rattlin wheel well lamps and to add the accelerated rapidly as Stages 95 the leather seals in these to be discussion with Chris Thomas full-span lower wing by adding
The comprehensive engine unit 'undercarriage down' attachment to 110 were navigated, and the expanded some 50% before was very useful in establishing the outer sections, which
was tackled next and a fresh stubs to the forward spars, as wheel wells and gun bay walls they could locate onto their that bays were perhaps 'skinned' exhibited a very tight fit with
sheet of A3 paper again became these were trapped in place were installed after test-fitting. mounting frames. with a brown fibre-like material only minimal adjustment. The
the impromptu parts map, as all when the spars were glued to The excellent, interlocking nature Chris Thomas kindly provided (see the photo on Page 8 of this upper wing halves fitted e
the pipes, harnesses and fittings the wing. Tape was used to of these components was highly colour images of a 1'iffie' being supplement), and so Tamiya
were cut from the runners, keep things in full contact as satisfying, as they snapped into re-armed and these were used XF-64 Red Brown was used and
neatened and sprayed. The the adhesive dried; care was place solidly. as reference while finishing the later disrupted with various
essential measure here was to exercised to keep the spars from 20mm ammo sections, the round shades of brown oil paint to
test-fit all the parts, unpainted, being pulled out of the vertical, His ano heaven tips being coloured alternately mimic this feature.
in their designated locations as this would interfere with The fully assembled 20mm white and red in matched pairs. The wheel well roofs each
before paint was applied. the fit of other wing internals cannons were finished in It was assumed by this builder comprised eight parts and, along
Once everything was test-fitted
in situ and prepped, the assembly
• There was palpable relief when the need to handle the framing directly sequence was followed to the
diminished, once it was re-homed on the lower wing centre section. letter, although part DOl was
truly a fiendish Chinese puzzle
to install. The entire parts suite
was fitted in one session and
created quite an imposing lump,
nailed to the front end of the
Typhoon and gave a profound
sense of the complexity and brute
size of the actual powerplant.
Special mention was required in
respect of the two-piece radiator
ducting, D09 and DlO, as the
• Surgery in a decidedly non-sterile environment was the order of the day, in order seam was otherwise in a visible
to accommodate the 'engine fully exposed' option. position on the finished model
if left insufficiently treated.
Another critical consideration
was the orientation and position
of the radiator itself and Airfix
was careful to make this explicit
in the instructions. A little
pondering confirmed that the
radiator assembly in Stages 80
and 82 could be combined
before installation, which allowed
the unit to be painted cohesively
and weathered before fitment and
the next significant build stage.
With the cockpit, engine and
wing spars together it was time
for things to really start looking
• The space inside the wing reduced rapidly as the flap mounts, fuel cells and wheel like a Typhoon, by permanently
well roof pieces dropped neatly into their resting places. adding this sub-assembly to the
• Reference images provided type expert by Chris Thomas were used to establish the • Tape and Liquid Poly were employed in seemingly industrial quantities, as the • The big engine needed extensive masking to shield it from the paint stages. A also resulted in a more robust
correct colour treatment of the Typhoon's well-appointed armament area. number of parts that remained in the box dropped away steadily. ready solution was found in the box by loose-fitting the cowling panels with tape. level of protection than offered
by soft masking alone.
Flaps, tail and main wheels,
rockets, rails and other sundries
were prepped and manicured
for their essential curtain call
appearance and before one could
exclaim ~chtung Jabo!' the
final upper cockpit parts and
gun sight were fitted to this
mighty Panzer punisher. Tamiya
and Gunze bottles were then
assembled in readiness for a
painting session of Tolkeinesque
proportions !

'Cab-rank' colourin
smoothly over the lowers, raised a heavy model. The cannon f;lhlljtful halves were wrapped around the were intended to slip past the Stages 109 and 110 would allow Thorough degreasing with
the rigidity of the model further covers employed a positive The epic production values of the comprehensive interior. Happily, inner edges of the flap mounting F13 and F14 to be adjusted, until methylated spirit was carried out
and gave a positive hand hold for alignment fork on their lower kit allowed for any version of the the arrangement allowed thin bars {F13 and F14), but were the relationship between the before the airframe was covered
the first time . .. a very welcome halves and fitted accurately 'slider' Typhoon to be modelled, liquid cement to be run in from prevented from doing so as the three parts was as intended. The with Alclad's Grey Primer and any
progression for what fast became around their respective barrels. so the Tempest tail plane was the inside of the seam. flap bars extended slightly too far issue on this build was, however, errant seams made good.
Their location into the wing formally introduced to the rear It was here that the only real inboard. As the flap mounts were easily remedied by bevelling the The plastic's prodigious appetite
sockets did result in the need to fuselage and joined along its fit problem arose, as the fuselage set in place by several hefty tabs, edges of the L-shaped arms, so for paint was soon reflected
trim the upper halves for correct very robust mating lip. With the lower section (N01) was slid into it seemed that F13 and F14 would that they manoeuvred past the by two thirds of the Alclad
fit, but this was rectified easily tail wheel well boxed in and the place and gapped on its forward need a little material removed flap mounts and left another disappearing in short order, but a
and it was reassuring to properly section of fuselage forward of edge by several millimetres. Pen from each inner edge. Reflection tight join. careful polish with lightly wetted
protect the vulnerable gun the engine bulkhead amputated light examination revealed that confirmed that test-fitting the 1,500-grade Wet and Dry, and a
barrels within them. with a razor saw, the two upper the two L-shaped arms of N01 lower fuselage immediately before The bi cover u subsequent rub-down with a tack
Tail planes and rudder were cloth, left everything poised for
fettled and fitted, while it the finishing paint.
was noted that the horizontal With cellulose thinner used
stabiliser mount tabs were throughout, Gunze H335 Medium
marginally slimmer than the Sea Grey was skimmed over the
slots in the tail. which required, lower surfaces before a light
in turn, lengths of tape from 'scribble' of highly diluted Tamiya
stabiliser tips to fin to set them XF-19 Sky Grey was applied.
square. The wheel well parts in The broad notion was simply to
Stages 175 to 182 were left out in spray a fine line continuously
anticipation of the main painting across the surface in an entirely
session and the wells themselves random way, which avoided
were masked easily with the 'in following structural items and
flight' one-piece doors, which panel lines, while the height first occurred to this modeller
were press-fitted into place. of the tip from the surface was while at the workbench in March
Shielding the engine from varied sporadically from half- 2008. The net result then (with
forthcoming paint was again an-inch to several inches. The the undulating height of the
solved by employment of the box movements were reminiscent of airbrush) gave a 'broken tone'
contents, by loosely fitting most attempts to make a biro work working foundation for washes
of the panels from Stages 153 to on a scrap piece of paper and and oils further down the way.
164 with tape; a measure that this was a technique that had The scribble was repeated @

6 The upper cockpit panels and projecting gun sight were a 'three-hands' assembly • The big Rotol air screw was fettled and fiddled into a state where its nakedness
that was ultimately achieved with just the two! could then be doused in paint.
• The initial lightened scribble produced early modulation in the finish and would • With the base coat of Ocean Grey applied, the same process of lightened scribbles • The light/dark scribbling could be adjusted back and forth as required until the option , which gave 'the look' and
be built up with further layered applications. was employed in the same manner as directed at the undersides. combined tones were as envisaged. the remainder of the finishing
elements - wing walkways,
canopy, wheels, flaps , weapons,
decals and other sundries were
all tackled without incident.
This was, in the overall scheme
of things, a really satisfying
moment in appreciating the
Hawker Typhoon's imposing
presence, once finally rendered
'all of a piece:

The maelstrom subsides

There have been other
landmarks from this
quintessentially British firm,
• A very thin version of the lightened mix of Medium Sea Grey eased the degree of • Although a lengthy and time-consuming process, it was imperative to ensure that all • With the camouflage masking removed the balance of weathering between the but all must bend the knee to
dark staining from the Tamiya Smoke. the masking overlaying the earlier colours was burnished properly to avoid paint creep. Ocean Grey and Dark Green could be readily judged.
what was a superb and fitting
celebration of Airfix's 75-year
history. A modicum of care
and the requisite time was all
that the kit needed to move
from box to display shelf and
this -the first fully completed
example - will soon reside in
the Horn by Visitor Centre in
Margate. So, when you find
yourself in the local hobby
store, wallet in hand and
eyeing-up that spectacular box
art, remember ... you only get a
'Boom!' from Typhoon. 0

twice more with Sky Grey, lffl'JIJIBlf£1 Grey (again spread over two by yards of Tamiya tape. There MN666, it was perhaps a little
progressively lightened with It wasn't just paint that had lightened variations) pursued were no awards for guessing puzzling to the casual observer
Tamiya XF-2 White, before a started to disappear in industrial by more smoke; all in the the next step in the Henry Ford why the D-Day stripes were
third application of Tamiya X-19 quantities, but masking tape spirit of avoiding any tendency Typhoon paint mantra of 'any not run in straight after the
Smoke gave random markings too, as the Typhoon maw gaped towards the geometric. Hard- colour you like, so long as it's primer. The reasoning employed
at the other end of the tonal wide and with the undersides edged camouflage was the order Medium Sea Grey, Ocean Grey was simply to cater for those
scale. A thin black oil wash gave 'under wraps', Tamiya XF-82 came of the day and, with pattern and Dark Green'. With that, the who may select one of the
definition to the panel lines to the fore. The same approach considered, a roll of handy airbrush was loaded with Gunze three other marking choices
and was 'cured' quickly with was adopted, as was applied 0.4mm Aizu Micron masking tape H73 Dark Green. The tape that in the box that don't require
a hair dryer and followed by a to the Medium Sea Grey, with was used to trace the necessary protected the Ocean Grey was stripes 'above decks', as well
protective coat of matt varnish. lightened scribbles of the Ocean outlines that were later covered left in situ, while the author as it having been the painting
scribbled with pale versions of sequence actually employed on
the base coat and topped it off the real aircraft.
with a garnish of Tamiya Smoke.
Given the choice to model Earn our stri es
With polite drying time under • Strips of tape 3 'l>in (95mm) long were butted to the Sky band and elCtended
forwards around the fuselage, for easy and square alignment of the edging strip.
the belt allowed, there came
another nose-to-tail masking
extravaganza to apply Tamiya
XF-2 Flat White, in readiness for
the black stripes. Airfix dictated
that all stripe widths (including
the Sky band immediately in
front of the tail) be executed
to 19mm. However, when the
upper wing rectangles were
measured out from the inner
panel line datum point on
the schematic, the outer edge
extended beyond the outboard
cannon, an issue that was
clearly out of kilter with the
plan, which depicted it short of
the outer gun. Stripe reduction • Once the fuselage bands were added, panels finished in base camouflage colours
to 18mm was the only viable were masked ready for the code decals to be applied.
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