Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Airfix Typhoon part 1 - Can you tell what it is yet?

Having seen Paul’s post (http://plasticwarriors.blogspot.co.nz/p/hawker-weather-event-build.html), heralding a group build of Hawker aircraft with ‘weather-related’ names (Hurricane, Tempest, Typhoon etc), I decided to join in the fun.  I dug out an Airfix Typhoon kit I had and prepared to subject it to my limited modelling skills.
It took several days to get this far – opening the box!
The kit parts cleaned up and washed with assembly under way. 
The 1/32 Gatling represents one of the lesser-known Typhoon weapon fits...

Despite this kit’s considerable age (it was originally released in 1959!) it went together easily enough.  Some flash needed removing from the parts, especially around the engine air intake.  I used some filler on the fuselage join and the wing roots.
As regards a colour scheme, I decided to avoid invasion stripes and opted for something rather unusual.  More coming soon, but the post title contains a clue….

16 comments:

Nick Grant said...

Hi Tim.

"Airfix Typhoon part 1 - Can you tell what it is yet?"

Umm, is it a Typhoon, perchance?

It looks to be coming along nicely. Just spent a bit of time sanding down putty from the wing roots of mine. Hmmm...

I shall look on to your built with great interest.

Tim Gow said...

Nick Grant
The post title is referred to in the final line of the post. The wing root gaps are quite big, aren't they?

Conrad Kinch said...

Royal Australian Airforce perhaps?

Tim Gow said...

Conrad Kinch
Straight to the point as ever! My Typhoon will indeed be joining the RAAF.

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Bravo CK... I completely missed the reference...

Looking forward to seeing more - Mosquito and Typhoon are lovely planes.....

Tim Gow said...

Steve-the-Wargamer
More Typhoon progress coming soon...

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Fits well despite its age? or Because of it?

I knew straight off from the picture that it was probably some sort of flying device. Guess I'm weak on Aussie recognition.

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
The fit of some of these venerable toolings is sometimes a bit iffy. That said, some (non Airfix) modern kits are pretty awful.
Well done for spotting it was a flying machine by the way....

Phil Broeders said...

Planes named after weather. The Hawker Overcast?

Tim Gow said...

Phil Broeders
Already taken im afraid. The A-5 Vigilante was nicknamed 'aluminium overcast' on account of its size.
How about the 'persistent drizzle'?

Paul said...

Interesting choice of markings Tim. I gather you are not building it for any game time over the table.

Great progress however.

Tim Gow said...

Paul
Who knows........

Arthur said...

I had to get up at 03h00 to see the answer as I too thought it to be an Airfix plastic kit of a Typhoon. And I was right...

Regards

Tim Gow said...

Arthur
Glad to hear you're living a full life!

Prince Henry The Navigator said...

fairly sure that 3 went to North Africa, don't think they saw combat though. A perfectly feasible what if though.

Tim Gow said...

Prince Henry the Navigator
That's the information I have.