Typhoon! Petty and ill informed critique.
Right. I have issues with the Typhoon. First it's dismal beginnings. The Car Door complete with wind down window just like a Morris Minor. Terrible visibility until the Bubble Top came out (even though Yaks and FW 190's had superb canopies). When "Cocky" Dundas complained about this Camm said "It's so fast, you don't need to see behind" Dundas was less than impressed (Hugh Dundas, Flying Start. PP 108). Add to that when the tails started falling off the solution was "fishplates" which make me think at my attempts at DIY carpentry (see pic 3). The thick wing, the incredible but troublesome Napier Sabre. They got it right eventually with the Tempest.
Camm has form. The Hurricane was obsolete at birth ( biplane with a wing missing) and inferior to the 109 It's a credit to the pilots who did so much with it. It was a "stable gun platform" and could " out turn a 109". My Toyota Pickup is a stable gun platform and a Sopwith Camel could out turn a 109 but I would want either in 1940!
So, I decided to make Airfix's 1/24 scale Typhoon in spite of myself. I did not want to make the toilet door version and could only find the Bubbletop version on E Bay for some reason. It is an incredible kit. The main event for me is the Sabre engine so here is my WIP OOTB with only a couple of copper wires added. I used a bespoke sort of gun metal colour instead of flat black. Weathering on the engine is purely accidental from handling but I think it looks fine.
Thanks for looking! Waiting for the flames 🙂
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