Hasegawa 1/48 Typhoon Mk. 1B – Jason Brewer - Birmingham, Alabama

Most people are familiar with the unusual engineering of the Hasegawa Typhoon fuselages, so I won't go into that. Gaps were filled, seams cleaned up, and I pushed forward. With the fuselage assembled, I inserted the Barracuda Studios cockpit tub. It literally snapped into place on the kit mounting pegs - wonderful!

I did have to slightly thin the walls of the gear bays to make room for the cockpit tub, but that was no problem as the walls are molded very thick. I installed the radiator after joining the fuselage halves so that I could clean up all the seams inside the radiator mouth. The radiator slid in easily from the rear. There was a slight gap in the wing roots, so the fuselage was spread with spars of sprue. The wings went together without any fuss and attached to the fuselage without any gaps. The panel lines were all rescribed so that everything was uniform after the ordeal with the fuselage cockpit inserts, and the fuselage and upper surfaces of the wings were riveted. The landing lights were fared over as these were not present on rocket-equipped Typhoons. I used the Ultracast Tempest tailplanes as were used on many late Typhoons.

Then it was time to paint! All of the colors used were Tamiya acrylics, and I use an Iwata HP-B Plus airbrush. I started off with the invasion stripes on the underside of the fuselage and wings, Flat White then NATO Black (my go-to scale-black). With the stripes masked off I sprayed the Sky tailband using XF-12 JN Grey, a good match to my eye, and the walkways on the wings with NATO Black. These were then also masked and I moved on to the camo. For this I used the trio of RAF colors released by Tamiya for the 1/32 Spitfire kit, XF-81, 82, and 83. I started out with the underside, spraying it RAF Medium Sea Grey. This was then lightened with flat white and post-faded. Moving on to the top side, I sprayed the RAF Ocean Grey (post faded) followed by the RAF Dark Green (also post faded). The demarcation lines were sprayed freehand.

Next up were the Montex masks for the markings. This was my first venture using masks, and I was quite pleased with the results! The mask set that I had was for the TP-Q bird that I've seen built countless times, so I opted for speculative markings of TP-P. The TPs were painted with Medium Sea Grey as many planes from the 198th Sqdn were, the Ps on the fuselage were painted Sky, also typical. For the insignia colors, I used Flat Yellow for the yellow, which in hindsight is slightly pale. The blue was XF-17 Dark Sea Blue, lightened a little with X-14 Sky Blue. White was XF-2 Flat White, and the red was XF-7 with a bit of XF-64 Red Brown added to dull it down. The speculative serial number was a combination of the letters and numbers included with the Montex set. The leading edges of the wings were then masked and painted XF-4 Flat Yellow.

With all the markings done, I went back with a heavily thinned mix of NATO Black and Red Brown and sprayed along panel lines and heavy traffic areas on the wings. The exhaust stain was started with X-19 Smoke, followed by the NATO Black/Red Brown mix, and then XF-63 German Grey, all heavily thinned and slowly built up. With all of the paintwork done, the navigation and formation lights were installed at this time before applying the gloss coat. The navigation lights were drilled from the inside and painted with clear red and clear green, respectively, to represent bulbs. I gave the whole airframe two coats of brushed-on Future to prepare for an oil wash. The underside panel lines received a grey wash, and the upper surfaces received the same with a dab of Burnt Umber added to the mix. After the wash the whole model received a flat coat of Model Master Acryl flat clear.

All that's left now is the fiddly bits. The spinner was sprayed NATO Black, as were the prop blades. The prop received a thinned spray of German Grey to lighten them a little. The tips were masked and sprayed yellow, and then they were dry-brushed with blacks and grays for a layered wear effect. The gear struts, actuators, wheel hubs, etc were sprayed first with XF-1 Flat black, then Alclad Aluminum and given a wash of Burnt Umber. The gear bays were also masked, sprayed, detail painted and washed at this time as well. The wheel hubs were masked and the tires sprayed German Gray, then the contact surface of the tires was sprayed with thinned Neutral Gray, glossed, and flat coated to match the finish of the rest of the model. The rocket rails were painted Medium Sea Gray and received the same weathering treatment. The rockets themselves were painted XF-60 Dark Green and the tips painted yellow. They were then dirtied up with grays, browns, and silver applied with a sponge, and again glossed, washed, and flat coated.

With all of that done it was time for assembly. It was at this time I added the gunsight to the cockpit and attached the canopy. For the final touches, I used Prismacolor grey and silver colored pencils for chipping, as well as the using the sponge technique for chipping on the leading edge of the wings. Random leaks and streaks were added using oils. The antenna on the fuselage is a small piece of wire stolen from a PC wiring harness and rolled straight. Finally, the unplugged pigtail leads for the rockets were added using EZ Line that I usually use for antenna wires and rigging, with a small glob of black paint at the ends to represent the plugs.

Barracuda Studios parts used:
BR48041 Hawker Typhoon Bubbletop Cockpit Set
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