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Tom Bebout
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Monogram 1/48 Hawker Typhoon

July 29, 2016 · in Aviation · · 8 · 2.5K

Bought this kit several years ago before it's recent re-release. Used it along with other Revell and kits as test beds for developing some sorely needed modeling skills. When you haven't built a kit in over 50 years, things like CA glue, PE parts, air brushes, Future floor wax,and after market accessories were all Creek to me


So I built this straight out of the box. However, I did add some PE belts to enhance the look. Not a bad kit, in fact I didn't have to use any filler on the seams. This kit doesn't have extensive detail but at the time I wasn't looking for any tiny parts that often fly off into never never land. The box decals went down well, and I used Tamiya rattle cans along with Model Master paints with a brush, and some pastel chalks for weathering. This kit would make a great weekend project for an experienced modeler or to build just for the fun of it. I enjoyed building it, now on to the car door version from Hasegawa,

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  1. Looks good, Tom. Monogram always DID produce quality stuff back in the day. I'll still pick 'em up from time to time.

  2. Nice looking Typhoon! A quick tip that might be useful: Because I don't own an airbrush, I also use pastel powders to weather, including post-shading to the panel lines and such. I'd recommend using a somewhat smaller brush (I actually use those very small brush-like glue applicators) for that portion of your weathering work. The post-shading does add some nice dimension and helps add the perception of more detail, but if it get's too wide it can be distracting.

  3. Monogram was THE company, once they got away from the working/playing features (SBD, Avenger, first Helldiver) and released items like this and the Do-335, B-17, -24, -25. Some of us thought they could have upgraded some of their older kits-they did with the P-51B- and still made money. Not being a beancounter, what do I know.

    Even with the latest, greatest superkits some of Monograms releases still hold their own. I also don't see (despite the hue and cry) other outfits releasing newer versions of some of their perennials.

    Thinking about it, one can only wonder what a new 48th B-17 from one of the oriental players would cost.

    So, hold on to your confederate money, and your Monogram stash...

  4. As my favorite example, the old Monogram Dauntless, which is an SBD-4. The surface detail, if you look close at a real one (see Craigs walk around posted here), is truer than the obligatory panel lines everybody is all caught up in. With a proper cockpit and detailed engine, and armament, it could still be a viable alternative. My .02 wprth, unadjusted for inflation.

  5. This brings back memories!
    This was the last kit I built as a kid back in 1980, I think. Back then, Monogram kits were the state of the art. If you're not into superdetailing they still look good, if well built and well painted.
    Thanks for posting.
    Keep it up.

  6. Looks like you've caught up with the contemporary scene very quickly, Tom, and, it seems you can't go wrong with these classic Monogram/Revell kits.

  7. Excellent build Tom, I'm looking forward to seeing more in the future.

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