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Hasegawa's 1/48 scale
Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib

by Jan Goormans


Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib "Bubbletop"


Hasegawa's 1/48 scale Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib is available online from Squadron




When I decided to make the Hasegawa Typhoon I already had in mind that it should be finished as a very weathered one at the end of the Normandy campaign.





As usual for me, the model was built straight from the box. The only additions are harness straps.

Construction was almost completely trouble free.

The only problem I had was a gap of 1mm between the fuselage and the wing roots, so I glued two pieces of sprue between the left and right half of the fuselage to open it further. This gave me a perfect fitting between wing roots and fuselage.



Painting and Decals


Tamiya and Gunze paints were used.

I started with the preshading , then came Tamiya white for the invasion stripes. These where masked and the black (Tamiya Nato Black) was sprayed, masking again and I could start with the camouflage.

Camouflage was done with the appropriate Gunze RAF colours, first the bottom, them the top.

When I had done a base layer for a colour, the panel s where highlighted directly afterwards with a mix of that base colour and Tamiya flesh (I personally find mixing with white to strong as effect).



With the camouflage finished the only thing left was masking and spraying the yellow identification stripes.

Now it was time for the Future – decals – Future procedure.

I used the Micro Sol / Set system for the decals.


Panel lines where highlighted with a technique I learned in the KMK modelling club. Take a very very fine marker with water based ink and run it trough the panel lines and other parts you want to have a dark edge.

When you make a mistake, no problem, just some slightly wet kitchen paper is enough to get rid of it, simple and fast, even I can master that.

To get a dirty look I use oil paints (a mix of brown and grey), thinned down with Humbrol thinner.

This is very straightforward, I pint (brush) a large part of the airplane with that mixture, wait a few minutes and rub it of in the direction of the airflow. Rub until you have the finish you want.

When it gets to clean, start this process again.

That done, I spayed the airplane again with future, this to protect the oil paint.


Now it was time to add some chips, I use a light grey to do that.

On the fuselage and the wings it was done with a fine brush.

On the wing edges and the walking strips on the wing I dipped a piece of 3M Scotch Brite in paint, dab the surplus of on a piece of paper and with almost no paint left in the Scotch Brite dap on the place you want to have some chips.

Be careful, because you don’t have the same control as with a brush.

The last thing to finish the Typhoon was a layer with a mix Gunze Flat-Clear.





The Hasegawa Typhoon is a nice build, and a large plane when standing next to other WWII birds.




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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2007 by Jan Goormans
Page Created 25 September, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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