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Storm Warning

This is Hasegawa’s magnificent Hawker Typhoon, built out of the box with a little detailing, and confined mostly to the 60lb rockets. Paints used are Colourcoats enamels, from White Ensign Models, see review HERE, decals are from the kit, including the D-Day stripes, and are for a 247 Squadron machine in June 1940. I wanted to do this scheme for 2 reasons. One because the codes have the D-Day stripes left unpainted around them. This would mean I would have to position and mask these unpainted areas very, very carefully, and two the number 247 is very special to me. It was issued to me by the Queen, as the last 3 of my Army number.

From the outset I intended to paint the rocket warheads with the 3 coloured fill bands, as per the original. I had never seen this done on a model carrying rockets. I also wanted to depict the “pig tails”(electrical firing leads), connected to the aircraft, so it was obvious it was about to leave on some “target” (tank) killing mission. You will quite often see these leads depicted hanging from the rocket body, (which is, probably, how they would be until just before flight, for safety reasons). But the only model, on the net, that I found with them fully connected, had them in the wrong place (I believe, from what I have been able to deduce). I also didn’t want this beast to look safe.
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About the Author

About Mal Mayfield (Holdfast)

Hi, my name is Mal Mayfield and I have been modelling seriously for about 25 years. My main interest is 1/48 scale second world war. I build all types and all combatants. I have built 1/35 scale "targets" and 1/72 scale modern aircraft, plus a couple of cars. I have also dabbled with figure painting...


Thanks guys, I enjoyed doing it. Watch out for "Storm Bringers" as this article isn't complete without it. You will be amazed at how much I can write about 8 little plastic rockets :-) Mal
JAN 31, 2005 - 09:34 AM
Nice job buddy! Almost as nice as my Typhoon!
JAN 31, 2005 - 10:14 AM
Yep you're right almost as nice, er what no invasion stripes? Mal
FEB 01, 2005 - 08:24 AM
Nope, mine has the ID stripes under the wings, before D-Day. I'd say 1943ish... I've got my bombs to paint (because everyone should know RCAF Typhies never carrier rockets) and some touch ups to make, but for that I need a new paintbrush, the one I normally use is KIA...
FEB 01, 2005 - 12:36 PM
That Typhoon is well cool! You should do a dio for it! the article also very good! cheers Philip
FEB 02, 2005 - 10:30 AM
Great article mal, realy good job, clear and that plane's a nice one! Ollie, must agree, thats a nice typhoon! Frank
FEB 02, 2005 - 10:49 AM
You know what's the best part of that Typhoon Frank? It's going to be RCAF!
FEB 02, 2005 - 01:10 PM
Thanks Philip, I gave up on dioramas, they take far to much time I would never get any models built :-) I have been thinking of doing a few bases, for photographic purposes. I will actually be doing a small dio when I complete my N1K1 Kyofu float plane. I think that float planes should be shown on water, as land planes are shown on the ground. This will be fun because it will be the first time I have tried depicting water. I'm thinking a ground crewman or maybe a "sloppo" sitting on the wing and fishing :-) Mal
FEB 03, 2005 - 08:03 AM
Mal, Great article of one of my favorite aircraft. It is especially apt as I am currently researching RAF tactical air power of the period. A wonderful subjects. Great work Ross
FEB 04, 2005 - 12:17 AM
Thanks Ross. Mal
FEB 05, 2005 - 08:26 AM