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October 17, 2021 · in Aviation · · 26 Comments

This is Mk.1 with the markings of P6985 HE-J No 263 squadron RAF in Exeter air base March 1941.
I have build this OOB except for Eduard seat belts and CMK wheels set.
I have used Gunze Sangyo acrylics as usual.

Happy Modelling

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26 responses

  1. Lost of words, Tolga @tolgaul
    Your Whirlwind is looking awesome, especially the weathering and painting is fantastic.
    I have never understood why the British chose this kind of lower surface camo.

    • Thanks John @johnb

      "RAF fighters were painted in this way as an aid to recognition

      It was used from 1938 up until June 1940, half white half black, for observation of friendly aircraft from the ground. There was no country-wide ground control radar. Radar only worked looking out to sea, or at higher altitudes, initially only being placed on coastal sites .

      It was replaced by Sky undersides, but in November 1940 the black wing was reinstated. I'm not sure when it finally disappeared, possibly not until the introduction of the Day Fighter Scheme, with undersides of Medium Sea Grey".

  2. Excellent result, Tolga!

  3. Thatโ€™s some great modeling, Tolga! The cockpit is phenomenal. The Whirlwind is one of my favorite planes and you really did it justice.

  4. Amazing work on this Tolga ,the cockpit interior is excelent and the overall finish is outstanding, but I have to dissagree with John (with the greatest of respect) ,I have never been able to get on with this aircraft ,nothing seems to match in my eyes ,the engines look too big ,the nose looks too pointy and the whole tailplane area looks completely wrong ! ,some machines look right straight from the drawing board,Spitfire , E-Type Jaguar , Mallard Locomotive etc etc...

    But you still did a fantastic job on this ugly duckling ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Great work on this. I really hope Special Hobby do this in 1/48.

  6. Inspired. I have this kit and if I can build it to even close the quality to what Tolga accomplished I'll be happy.

  7. Super work on this Tolga. It's a great kit, and you definitely made the most of everything that was there.

    Personally, I think the Whirlwind was one of the best-looking airplanes flown by either side in the war. But you know what they say about opinions and a certain part of the human anatomy - everybody's got one.

  8. The Whirlwind always reminds me of the movie, "On the Water Front."
    Where Brando's say's a lament as spoken by his character Terry Malloy, a boxer own by the mob; "You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. "

    The fortunes of war and time cut this promising aircraft's development because, engines that weren't up to par.

    Tolga, this build is a mature work that can with stand the brutal eye of natural light, seasoned with the right amount greens and browns, whose values and intensities are really bring out the best in this kit. In short it works.

    Two thumbs up.

  9. I think itโ€™s a great looking plane, and this is definitely a great looking model, the outdoor photographs really bring it to life.

  10. Another beautiful build and finish, Tolga. Well done!

  11. ๐Ÿ™‚ ... Greetings ... ๐Ÿ™‚ :
    A beautiful rendition of the Whirlwind , Tolga.
    The camouflage and the subtle weathering is
    an alluring and attractive model.
    Good work on the cockpit.

  12. Add my "well done" to the others, Tolga (@tolgaul). Paint and weathering look awesome.

  13. That's a great result Tolga. Looks good to me from any angle & I really appreciate all the excellent photos, which i am sure will be invaluable to me when I (eventually) start mine. As usual, your paint & weathering are superb; you've done the Whirlwind proud!

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