Royal Air Force Hawker Tempest Mk.V (early) – 3 Squadron – Academy 1/72
February 16, 2014 in Aviation
The response I’ve had to the F-111 and P-40 has been overwhelming and I appreciate all those have commented on the posts. It really is appreciated.
Back to 1/72 scale this time with the venerable 1/72 Academy Hawker Tempest built as one of the earlier Mk.V’s. the biggest visual difference between the early and late Tempests are the longer cannon barrels protruding from the leading edge. These have been made from some Evergreen plastic rod shaped and then faired in with some Mr Surfacer. I’ve made a few other small modifications to this one in the way of cutting and re positioning the elevators and yes, the control column has been positioned correctly for those in the know! I also opened up the radiator cowl flap. Simple additions in the way of Quickboost exhausts help improve that area as the kit exhausts are teeny tiny stubs of plastic. Tamiya tape seat belts also give the cockpit a bit more visual interest.
Once again all paints are Gunze acrylic with the D-day bands being painted rather decaled (sp???). Decals are from Eagle Strike. The whip antennae on the spine is from fibre optic cable.
The final image will give you an impression of the diminutive size of this model though nothing like Jose’s (@konda24) Su-25!
Thanks for stopping by.
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