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Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib

Xtradecal, 1/72 scale

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number, Description and Scale:

Xtradecal X72-179 - Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib

Contents & Media

Decal sheet; full colour placement/colour guide

Price:

£7.99 plus shipping available online from Hannants

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

An excellent selection of Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib options, thin carrier film; excellent colour density and resolution.

Disadvantages:

None

Conclusion:

Highly recommend it to anyone wanting interesting options for late/post war Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib.


Reviewed by Peter Mitchell


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F i r s t L o o k

 

The late war and post war liveries of the Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib are not well known for being particularly interesting. The main choice presented to us modellers generally seems to alternate between “with invasion stripes” and “without invasion stripes”.

XtraDecal has expanded this limited horizon by producing a decal set that gives the modeller a plethora of unusual Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib options covering the May 1944 – July 1945 period.

These include examples not only offering “with” and “without” invasion stripes, but also post war upper wing roundels, colourful fuselage bands and spinners, examples that are rocket or bomb equipped, even some with victory tallies/bomb-logs and nose art! This sheet comes just in time to provide some added interest to the new and excellent Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib.

 

 

But that’s not all… those of us with the older (but still presentable) 1/72 Academy kit, flawed primarily by its provision of the early (and less common) Tempest short chord tail plane, are not forgotten. Three options of this rarer configuration with the short chord tail and three blade prop are also included.

All told, markings for no less than 18 aircraft are supplied (actually there are really 19 as you can make one of the options at two different time periods). Roundels and fin flashes for at least six aircraft are provided.

 

 

This generous assortment of decals are compactly arranged on a single blue coloured backing sheet, the carrier film is thin, resolution, alignment and colour density is excellent. The dull red on the war time roundels and the “sky” colour of the fuselage codes are “spot-on” to my eye.

 

 

Options provided are as follows:

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN317/ZY-B. 247 Sqn, June 1944; Invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN454/HF-S. 183 Sqn, May 1944; 3-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN819/MN-?. 245 Sqn, June 1944; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MP189/K-NL. 124 Wing, September 1944; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Half invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN855/WP-B. 121 Wing, October 1944; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Half invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN526/TP-V. 198 Sqn, July 1944; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Half invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN639/QC-S. 168 Sqn, Oct-Dec 1944; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Half invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib RB455/FJ-H. 164 Sqn, June 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib RB262/5V-A and 5V-X. 439 Sqn, June 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MN130/PR-M. 609 Sqn, 6th June 1944; 3-blade prop, short chord tail plane, Invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib JP602/XP-F. 174 Sqn, July 1944; 3-blade prop, short chord tail plane, Half invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib JP371/A. 268 Sqn, September 1944; 3-blade prop, short chord tail plane, Half invasion stripes.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib MP149/I8-P. “Pulverizer II” 440 Sqn, December 1944; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane, Half invasion stripes, Bomb equipped.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib SW399/HH-K. “Babs VIII” 175 Sqn, July 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib SW440/JB. 123 Wing, April/May 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib SW398/F3-E. 438 Sqn, July 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib RB382/BR-M. 184 Sqn, July 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

  • Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib SW409/MR-N. 245 Sqn, July 1945; 4-blade prop, Tempest tail plane.

 

 

C o n c l u s i o n

 

If you didn’t already have an excuse to make get the new Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon Mk.Ib, this new decal sheet will provide you with at least half a dozen. This is a beautiful sheet which offers a fantastic variety of late/post war Typhoon Ib. The only problem I see is choosing which ones to do.

Recommended.

Thanks to Hannants for this sample.


 

Text and Images Copyright 2013 by Peter Mitchell
This Page Created on 1 December, 2013
Last updated 1 December, 2013

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