Hasegawa 1/48 Typhoon Mk.IB
No. 198 Squadron was formed at Rochford on 1 June 1917 with Avro 504K biplanes to teach pilots elementary night flying and later a comprehensive night flying course for home defense pilots.
From March 1943, 198 Squadron joined 609 Squadron at RAF Manston where it provided fighter-escorts to the twin-engined Westland Whirlwind fighter-bombers on sorties into continental Europe.
During these operations the squadron used long-range Typhoons, each equipped with a cigar-shaped 45 imp gallon fuel tank mounted below each wing. In these roles the unit was very successful, becoming one of the top scoring Typhoon units.
After building up a score of enemy aircraft destroyed, the squadron changed role to ground attack at the beginning of 1944, when the Typhoons were fitted with RP-3 rockets.
The squadron lost several of its pilots during this reorganization to bring them into line with 2nd TAF's established strength requirements, and the ground crew echelon was completely changed.
After the landings the squadron was heavily involved in fighting around Caen using the rocket-equipped Typhoons against tanks and enemy positions.
The RAF's top scoring Typhoon pilot was 198 Squadron's John Robert Baldwin, who claimed 15 aircraft shot down during 1942–44. Baldwin became Commanding Officer of the squadron in November 1943 and relinquished command in April 1944. He continued his association with 198 Squadron and ended the war as a Group Captain commanding No 84 (Typhoon) Group.
This is yet another version of the very nice Hasegawa quarter scale Typhoon. It was part of a combo-build, together with my friend John vd Biggelaar @johnb, who built the car door version. It was pure pleasure and an honor to build together. Build thread can be found here:
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My sincere thanks to Tom Cleaver @tcinla for providing valuable, or, better, determinative info regarding my example's camo "evolution" ("invasion" stripes and spinner colors).