Airfix's 1/24 scale
Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib
by Ian Wilson
Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib
No.121 Wing, Normany, June 1944
Wing Commander Charles Green
Here is my Airfix 1/24 scale Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib.
It is in the markings of Wing Commander Green No.121 Wing June 1944. This is the aircraft featured on the excellent box top illustration.
I usually build in 1/72, but was inspired by your book on the Typhoon to tackle the Airfix Kit. I found your book really helpful, as a step by step guide. This was my first 1/24 model since the Airfix Spitfire in the early 1970’s.
The model took about two years to build and incorporates quite a lot of scratch building, I wanted to show some of the cockpit detail by removing the port side of the fuselage, fortunately we are close to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford which has a Typhoon cockpit section on display, and I was able to get some lots of details, but it led to scratch building a lot of missing detail!
Due to the design of the kit, removing the port fuselage panel meant fabricating the inner wing surface, this was quite difficult as the riveting and surface detail on the new section had to match the original port wing surface.
Based on period and museum photos I also I added additional detail/corrections to the excellent the Sabre engine replica. Though I wanted to display the engine, I also wanted to maintain the characteristic shape of the Typhoon radiator, so I modified the kit cowling to fit as a single assembly.
The build also includes most of the available detail sets produced by Eduard, Master, SAC and a few other manufacturers. All the markings were painted using the Maketar stencils, with the kit decals used for the smaller stencils.
I mainly used Mr Hobby/ Tamiya paints, with light weathering, as the photographs of this aircraft show it in good condition.
The Airfix model is an excellent kit and I really enjoyed building it, my Mum bought me the custom made display case, which sets off the model and keeps it protected.
I am currently working on the Airfix 1/24 Mosquito, and it is challenging to get it to a similar level of detail to the Typhoon.
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