Chakra Style...1/48 Hawker Tempest Mk.II, Royal Indian Airforce

March 20, 2024 · in Aviation · · 10 · 256


So, this is my dad´s last already finished and on hold model. Next ones are up to date.
kit "Ultimate Tempest" built oob. Painted with Mr Paint Super Silver. For the underwings, Eduard instructions have a question mark for the underside roundels and no serial numbers. But on the few online pics you can find, the Tempests have roundels and serials down under. Enough roundels are included in the kit, the serials were puzzled together with other serials from the kit and some from Fantasy Printshop.

Build thread here

After their independence, the Indian and Pakistan airforces were equipped with former RAF aircraft, which soon saw action in the First Indo-Pakistani War.
The Tempest for the RIAF were put out of storage in the UK, refurbished, painted and marked. For a short time, Indian aircraft wore Chakra roundels, then they were changed to normal ones. If Eduard´s info is true, the Brits painted the the Chakras in Indian national colours instead of blue.
Aircraft of No.7 Squadron

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10 responses

  1. Super job, Spreitzhofer Family!

  2. Beautiful aircraft! This gives me high hopes for the one I have in my stash. Now, if I only had your abilities…

  3. Another masterpiece from the hands of a master model builder.

  4. Great looking Tempest.

  5. Love the subtle weathering achieved on the silver finish - just lovely!

  6. A wonderful Tempest, Reinhard @grimreaper
    It was a pleasure to follow this build thread.

  7. Terrific looking Tempest and superb paint job, you guys @grimreaper.

  8. Another one up to the usual lofty standards, it never gets old!

  9. A beautiful build in a relatively rarely seen coloration.

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