Revell makes a kit of an early Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib with cardoor cockpit. As I ended up having three kit plus two Paragon conversion sets for Bubbletop (One only partial) I had to see what the possibilities was, and I ended up with choosing to build a Hawker Tornado prototype P5219 by backdating one, the second became DN323, a tropical trials aircraft, while the last became MN150 that saw service with 609 squadron from early 1944 un till it was lost in December same year.
The first prototype to fly according to specification F18/37. The aircraft is a close relative to the Typhoon. The prototype flew in this configuration from october 6th 1939 when it had its first flight, this lasted until the end of October/start of November when it was rebuilt with the air intake under the nose as we know it from the Typhoon. After the rebuild, it was airborne again on 6th of december 1939. Thus the aircraft only existed in this configuration in less than two months, and therefor not many pictures or references exists. But with the help from Svend Åge owner of Vestjysk Hobby and friend in Frederikshavn Modelbuilding Guild (And last but not least the internet and some newsgroups), I succeeded in finding enough to dare the challenge. The major differences are: Longer nose with four rows of exhausts, airintake beneath the wing, the wing placed slightly lower on the fuselage and different wheel wells. At the same time the original cockpit is longer and not transparent behind the pilot. The plane does not have guns or radios.
Hawker Tornado was painted in glossy paints. Exhausts and door is still not fitted.
Here one gets a good impression of the new air intake with layered intake.
Here Hawkers interpretation of the painting directive and the early wheel wells can be seen.
Here the model is seen with the final details added.
Typhoon Mk Ib Tropical is a standard Typhoon that has had an extra dust filter added, it has been painted in standard RAF dessert colours, there are four 20 milimetre machineguns of the early type without fairings over the recoilspring. Radio but no IFF has been fittet to this aircraft. Likewise it is one of the planes without the fishplates around the tail transport joint.
DN323 seen from above in dessert camouflage.
Here the extra dustfilter is visible.
Two of the backdated guns.
Typhoon Mk Ib Bubbletop is typical for the planes that were operational oround D-Dag. Here the rocket armed version was the most numerous, almost alle planes had recived the bubbletop canopi and fourbladed propeller. MN150 was in service before D-Day, and therefore I have painted and weathered it as the planes were suffering from hard use at the time, the night before the original D-Day an order to Stand Down was recieved, as well as one to paint on the invasion stribes. The invasion stribes was painted a the individual squadrons, with the paint and tool that was available. This certainly did not produce the nice equal stribes seen when decals are used, or masking tape and airbrush. I have chosen specificly to paint mine on with a brush, and to let the underlaying camouflage colours shine trough the white. I do not doubt that there was a lot of planes with the nice even stribes sprayed on later, but not as an overnight job in the field, and not many were ready on the morning of june 5th 1944. The plane is ready for action, the mechanichs needs to close the engine cover, remove the "flag" from the pitot tube and the armourer needs to hook up the wires for the rockets. This aircraft has the late antennas, one for the radio on the back and one for IFF underneath.
This model uses the whole of a Paragon conversion kit with a new instrument panel, seat, rockets, shrouded exhausts and fourbladed propeller. The lowered flaps are my own creation.
MN150 seen from above.
Here the rockets with the wires hanging and the Remove before flight sign can bee seen.
See pictures from the build.
Here's the large Napier Sabre engine, the top is fairly bare in the kit as it isn't shown, so here is added quite a few details. likewise one can see the Paragon seat that is way better than Revells, unfortunately it is hard to show the instrument panel, but I have shown that in the section on building these models.
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