Revell 1/32 Hawker Tempest Mk.V

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It's been a while since I posted a build thread so here we go with the Hawker Tempest Mk V. This is a re-boxing of the Special Hobby kit minus resin and p.e at around £40 it's not too pricey. The plastic is slightly darker than the normal Revell colour. It's difficult to explain but it's quite soft but at the same time quite brittle. Sanding it is odd too the plastic reminds me of the 21st Century kits even using Tamiya extra thin it takes a long time to set despite how fast it evaporates.
Anyway on to the build the Revell instructions are the in the new style with colour, and believe it or not the sprus have letters to identify them and this is included in the instructions too!!!! (most probably because they are Special Hobby originals)paints are still the Revell ones with no other equivalents.
Detail is very good plenty of rivets panel lines, cockpit has lots going on plus the exhausts are made of two parts so we have hollow pipes. There are also two types of weighted wheels included too.
I have so far painted the fuselage wall interior green and black and have made a start on the cockpit frame work. I noticed interestingly that they have included the front half of a radial engine I believe there was a Hawker Tempest II that looks like a Fury and the kit could be made in that version if the other nose was provided.





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Lovely airplane the Tempest, will follow your build :thumb2:
Have fun!
 

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Have spent the last few days building the cockpit.The detail is very good and includes over 40 parts. Not together yet weathering not complete yet. Instrument panel is made of three parts and I have used the decals provided for the dials which went down well with plenty of decal soft

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Looking good so far. As the others have said, the Tempest is a great looking bird.
 

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This should be a nice kit. I built the Special Hobby version a few years ago and it went together very nicely, so hopefully this one will too!

The only place that the P-E and resin is really visible on my version is the rather complicated radiator assembly under the nose but there's no reason a decent approximation can't be done in plastic.
 

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Looking very good Vaughan
 

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Interesting Steve this is the assembly instructions for the radiator. Seems quite straight forward but once you start putting the components inside the cowling that's when the problems start. The radiator grills don't fit until you have sanded them into a new shape. When you get to section 35 part number 18 doesn't fit in the cowling at all. I got there in the end but it was a bit of a struggle. All the cockpit components are ready to assemble but I think I'm going to need a couple of pairs of hands to hold all the parts and glue at the same time.
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I think the P-E bits fitted with less of a struggle than that!
 

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I managed to complete the cockpit it was a bit of a challenge trying to lineup everything at the same time. I thought I had some harnesses in the spares box but alas no. So I've ordered some Eduard pre painted belts from eBay should arrive by the 13th. There's plenty to get on with in the mean time so it's not going to slow me down.

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Office is looking good....you can see the hurricane ancestry there as well.
 

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Only just seen this. Defo following it as i'd love to get this kit.
 
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