A club mate and I have decided on a mini group build of Hawker Typhoons. I'm doing the cab door in a early 1942 486 (NZ) Sqn scheme from this Eduard Boxing.
Being a night fighter it has a slightly different scheme from the standard RAF Typhoon. The exposed barrels and lack of reinforcing doublers on the rear fuselage also make it slightly different.
If you can get these Eduard boxings for a reasonable price they are often worth the money, including a bit of resin, some PE, a mask set and a cartograph decal sheet.
I decided to bend up the PE seat to see what it looked like. I had a resin seat from Ultracast which was the preferred option. As can be seen the PE is significantly larger than the kit kit and the resin seat....
I applied most of the PE. Most of it won't be seen once the kit is together. next time I'd use the instrument panel but cut of the console parts and just use the plastic consoles.
Those of you who have built this kit will know that it has several inserts that go around the cockpit, this allows the same basic fuselage to be used for the bubbletop and cab door versions. Unfortunately these don't fit that well. I decided to concentrate on getting the curved join and lower joins as good as possible. I had reasonable success but filling the join did result in some re-scribing . Plus there is a big gap along the centreline that will need to be filled
Dry fits of the cockpit section to the kit show some issues, most these are down to the PE consoles .
Apparently they were a night fighter unit for wee while and the timeline corresponds with the time that they were equipped with Typhoons albeit very briefly before moving back to daylight ops.
As well as finishing the Camel I've made some progress on this
I've used the new (to me) Tamiya Extra Thin - Fast Setting glue on this build. It's very good where you want things to bond very quickly. I used it to do the centre-line seam, working along in 50-100mm lengths. I
m quite impressed with this stuff, it dries fast and the bond seems strong (Bruce - you need to get some : D )
After a fair bit of faffing around getting the seams filled and sorting out the small step on the right hand insert I attached the wings. I needed spreader bars to spread the fuselage about 1.5mm. I used the fast setting glue again.
Next was a wash with warm soapy water then I painted the ocean grey. I like Tamiya AS-10 decanted and sprayed through airbrush. Some random greys were applied before printing out some masks made by enlarging the instruction sheet, printing on A4 Label paper
These were then cut out and stuck on the model. You do have to de tack the label paper a bit and it doesn't conform over tight curves well but it's cheaper than using sheets of Tamiya paper and it gives a nice sharp edge
Next was the the RAF dark Green. I like Mr Color version (C361) from their RAF set along with XF81 from Tamiya. I used modern RAF Dark green (H330) from Gunze for some darker shades and Mr Hobby Dark green (#21) for lighter shades
Next was a heap of masking for the walkways , sky band and underside. The sky is from Mr Color, the Black underside and walkways are german grey from Gaianotes with darker patches being Tamiya rubber black and lighter areas Mr Color extra dark sea grey. I used german grey as I felt black would be be to black.
Next step was a light wet sand with some 100 Micromesh to smooth it off any rough bits of paint, then a dry off with some paper towel.
I then applied a wash of a dark grey oil paint thinned with Artists solvent on the upper surfaces and a lighter grey on the lower surfaces. I like to apply the wash now as there is one less layer of paint to fill the fine panel lines, plus the non gloss finish holds the oil paint in the lines better. Furthermore the paint can add some nice subtle staining to other other parts of the fuselage .
After about 20 mins I removed the excess with a dry paper towel. A few areas needed a bit of towel dampened with airtist solvent
Craig Sargent wrote: Tuning in late (as usual). That scheme is new to me. Was not aware of the night fighter status of the squadron. As you say, certainly makes a point of difference. Are you using the Master barrels?
LoL Not you as well Craig re the master barrels . A mate here has been annoying me about them. I'm not using the barrels. This is just a quick palette cleanser after the Camel, hence It's pretty much from the box
486 Sqn operated with the 1453 Flt Turbinlite Havocs for a short time
Weathering has been done with oils and A couple of the Tamiya Weathering sets. I'm quite happy how this has turned out. Just a few fiddly bits to go and the pilot to finish and it'll be in the cabinet.