PCM 1/32 Tempest V, Srs. 2
This will be more fully reviewed at Modeling Madness this Wednesday.
The kit decals were modified to do “Foob” Fairbanks’ EJ762, using the new photo Chris Thomas has received that shows the full left side of the airplane after it was repaired following the November 19, 1944, mission where he took a flak hit in the left wing and caught fire for a moment – the soot was just cleaned off the ID codes and serial, the repair being “in the field. Note the strange “F” individual letter, which has equal-span cross arms.
Nice kit, goes together easily, if you make sure that the just-too-big plastic parts for the radiator faces are sanded down all around about 1/32 inch so they will fit properly inside the cowling, then trim the photoetch. If you don’t do this, fitting the lower fuselage together and then fitting the wing to the fuselage will be an exercise in industrial-strength pushing and shoving and the air over the workbench will turn a deep dark purple and SWMBO will tell you you’re not supposed to let children hear those words (ask me how I know). The short-chord cowling (used on all early Tempext V up to the SNxxx serial range) has fit problems, which can be solved with cutting and trimming and test fitting.
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