Pacific Coast 1/32 Tempest Mk. V - by Matt Robeson - Fresno, CA

The base kit is the Pacific Coast Models Hawker Tempest Mk.V. The kit itself went together with very few problems, besides some basic seam filling. There was a problem with warping in the main wheel wells, but after dipping the piece in some near-boiling water and bending it back to its normal shape solved the problem nicely. I did find it necessary to enlarge the mounting holes for the side frames in order to get everything to fit into the fuselage sides.

The only addition to the kit were the beautiful smooth tread tires from BarracudaCast. These are the correct size, and are much more cleanly molded than the PCM examples, besides being free from mold seams. The painting on the plane was accomplished with Model Master enamels for the camouflage and invasion stripes, while Tamiya acrylic was used for the Sky fuselage band and spinner. The exhaust staining was sprayed on with enamel paint, so that a lightly dampened brush with white spirit could be dragged down through the stain to show a sense of rain marks and weathering. This, along with all other weathering involving oils was accomplished over a coat of Future floor polish. When the weathering was completed, the plane was given a liberal coat of Model Master Flat Lacquer. Some MiG pigments were used to illustrate various dust and mud stains along the underside of the plane. Operating out of rough airstrips right after D-Day would have that affect on a plane. The wheels were a great enhancement, and are recommended to anyone building this kit.
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