Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Airfix Typhoon –part 4 – Tiffie finally finished. Phew.


A burst of activity early last week led to the completion of the Typhoon.  The colour scheme was sufficiently striking that I have gone for a ‘clean’ look and not bothered with any weathering.  Red spinner aside (it should really be black…) the model is finished as one of three Typhoons which was tested in North Africa by 451 Squadron RAAF.  The roundels and tail flashes are from the kit, while the serial (EJ906) was pieced together from three different sheets in the decal box.  See more at http://adf-serials.com/research/Typhoon.pdf and http://www.cbrnp.com/profiles/quarter2/typhoons-1.htm


My model features a number of glaring errors, including the tailwheel (it should be recessed) and the bomb racks (not as far as I can tell fitted to the RAAF Tiffies), but despite having committed such heinous crimes against modelling accuracy I’m still able to sleep at night.


I really rather enjoyed trying to complete this kit to an decent standard so I may well tackle another model in this scale soon.  After I sort out the 25mm Sassanid army I picked up at Triples.  And the FLW British.  And refurb the 1/1200 fleet.  And…..well you get the idea.

19 comments:

Arthur said...

Thank God, I too can sleep well at night now. This long drawn out drama was killing me...

Heh heh, well done.

Regards

Tim Gow said...

Arthur
Just as well it was only a Typhoon! Just wait 'till I build something really ambitious....

Rodger said...

Very nice work Tim. Well done.

Paul said...

Lovely finish to this desert warrior Tim, I am glad you enjoyed it and it certainly stands out from the other builds.

Model on!

Nick Grant said...

Lovely work Tim. Great job, well done!

Phil Broeders said...

Great work Tim. We'll hang the flags out tonight for the street party tomorrow!

AlFront said...

I say ! Shouldn't that red spinner be black!? Only joking! Now what you need to go for is something along the lines of a Zepplin Staken - with every rigging wire in place...

Tim Gow said...

Rodger
Thanks - most kind.

Tim Gow said...

Paul
And all because I can't paint stripes!

Tim Gow said...

Nick Grant
It's an old kit, so nice that I finally got round to building it.

Tim Gow said...

Phil Broeders
A street party is the very least this sort of achievement deserves!

Tim Gow said...

AlFront
Hmm. Of course you know what 'rigging' rhymes with....

Peter Douglas said...

Looks good Tim!

PD

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Good? From 10 feet away without my glasses on it looks bl**dy fantastic!

Al said...

A nice job Tim, minor errors don't mater, especially for gaming. I especially like the paint work.

Tim Gow said...

Al
Thanks - you don't mind it being in the colours of your rival colony?

west1871 said...

Nice build mate.

Tim Gow said...

West1871
Praise indeed! More silly aircraft to come....

Wg Cdr Luddite said...

Pedantic time : the correct designation fot this unit is 451 (Australian) Sqn RAF. It was not actually an RAAF unit. Many of the air and groundcrew were Australian, but there were also RAF and SAAF personnel in the unit.

I recommend the book Messerschitt Roulette (ISBN 1-883809-01-0) for an interesting insight into this unit and the tactics used by (much overlooked) Tac/R squadrons in the Desert.