100 Years of the RAF, 56 Squadron, cira 1942, Hawker Typhoon MK-IA, Hasegawa 1/48
My entry in the RAF Group build includes this Hawker Typhoon from Hasegawa. This aircraft began with some troublesome shortcomings but was given the go ahead using the improved Saber IIA engine. The risks were considered reasonable since it was the only fighter in the allied arsenal, at that time,faster than the FW-190 in low altitude flight.
The 56th Squadron has a long historical linage from both wars and would begin WWII flying Hawker Hurricanes MK-I’s during the Battle of France. They also flew cover operations for the Dunkirk evacuation, and would be based at RAF North Weald at the beginning of the Battle of Britain. They were moved south to RAF Boscombe Down for the duration of the battle and by it’s end they recorded 59 aircraft shot down.
In September, 1941, they were the first squadron to receive the Typhoon MK-iA, including all of it’s teething problems. They upgraded to the MK-IB in March, 1942, and flew low level defense against FW-190, and Bf-109 fighter bombers, before converting to fighter bombers themselves. the mission was to attack ground as well as sea targets with bombs before converting to rockets in 1944.
Upon converting to the Hawker Tempest their mission changed to one of air defense, primarily to destroy V-1 flying bombs. The squadron would report over 70 such weapons destroyed while in this mission role. Subsequent deployments saw the unit operating out of bases in Holland, Denmark and Germany before the end of the war. The unit recorded 149 aircraft shot down by wars end.
The kit is typical Hasegawa, no real issues were experienced, the cockpit has nice detail, however, I did add an Ultracast seat with belts to raise it even further. Paints used were a combination of Model Master and Tamiya paints. Chalk pastels were used for the exhause stains and nylon thread for the antenna. Fun build, the open canopy was a little tricky but nothing one can’t handle if you take your time. And a big shout out o Paul Barber for starting this GB, it was fun to participate.
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