Hawker Tempest Mk.V Srs.2 by Eduard.
Having built Special Hobby's big 1/32 Tempest, I thought I'd build its little brother from Eduard in the more manageable 1/48 size. This is the weekend edition & I've chosen the markings for W2oX from 80 Squadron, RAF, 2nd TAF, mainly because it was flown by Australian pilots & I had already done the big one as Clostermann's aircraft anyway. Weathering has been kept to a minimum & aftermarket parts limited to seatbelts & a scratch built filter in the air scoop. I still have the option of drop tanks & invasion stripes for the fuselage, but the only photo I can find of the original has the starboard wing cleverly obscuring any signs of stripes & even the marking diagram has a question mark for them. I can always add stripes, dirt & drop tanks later, if warranted, but for now I'll operate on the KISS principle. Eduard continue to excel at innovative ideas in kit design & I found this no exception. I look forward to their next masterpieces!
May I wish everyone the compliments of the season & a big thankyou for posting such inspiring models over the course of the year.
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