D-Day Group build: 1/48 Monogram Hawker Typhoon IB
The Monogram Typhoon is copyrighted 1967, though I don’t remember seeing it before 1969. Whatever. It’s old. Supposedly been completely replaced by the Hasegawa kits in 2000-2001. They go for US$45.00 or so. This goes for $16, and the LHS had a bunch of them for $9.95, which is why I took the stroll down memory lane, having not built one of these since around 1990 or so.
The canopy is a bit wide in planform, but replacing it with the Falcon/Squadron canopy does wonders, I just filled in the lowered area that was done to fit the kit canopy, and all looked much better.. The cockpit is simple, and you can add some detail as I did, but you’re going to paint it black so you’re not going to see much and if you close the canopy and preserve the external lines, you’ll see even less. Interestingly this kit has the Tempest horizontal stabilizers and the 4-blade Tempest prop, which the Hasegawa kits do not have. I cut off the fins of the rockets, which are molded in the wrong position, and replaced them with rocket tails from an Airfix Seafire kit.
I painted the black stripes first, then masked them and shot the white, which has the result of making the white stripes look “temporary” as they should. Tamiya RAF Ocean Grey, RAF Dark Green and RAF Sea Grey Medium used.
The decals have never been great on this kit through its many re-releases, and the current re-release is no different. The National insignia works, but the “Sky” color of the ID letters is like no “Sky” I have seen.
Since Typhoon squadrons mostly overpainted everything with their D-Day stripes at first, that made this easy to do. Just picked some ID letters out of the decal dungeon, to do a 174 Squadron plane on D-Day.
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