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Typhoon Ib decals
Two sets of decals for Hawker Typhoon Mk. Ib
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by: Mecenas [ MECENAS ]


Originally published on:
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Introduction
Techmod has prepared two new sets of decals with in total seven painting options for 1:72 scale early Hawker Typhoon Ib. All options presents the “car door” fuselages. In practice this means the decals are best to be used with Pavla and Brengun kits. At the bottom of this review you can find links for all 1:72 scale Typhoons reviewed on Aeroscale, including both Czech kits.
Camouflage and markings options
Set 72061
  • Typhoon Ib EK139, HH-N, 175 RAF Squadron, Spring 1943
  • Typhoon Ib EK224, ZY-B, 247 RAF Squadron, Bradwell Bay, June 1943
  • Typhoon Ib EJ906, 451 RAAF Squadron, El Daba, Egypt 1943
  • Typhoon Ib R7855, PR-D, A. Lallemant, 609 RAF Squadron, Manson, February 1943

Set 72063
  • Typhoon Ib EK273, JE-DT, Sqn/L Don Taylor, 195 RAF Squadron, Ludham, June 1943
  • Typhoon Ib EK270, EL-X, Sqn/L D. Crowley-Milling, 181 RAF Squadron, Appledram, June 1943
  • Typhoon Ib R7752, PR-G, Sqn/L R.P. Beamont, 609 RAF Squadron, Manson, February 1943
Each set contains enough markings for one model, including stencils, national markings and other general applications. If you want to make more than one model using these sets you will need to get some kit or other aftermarket decals for common markings.

Quality is typical for latest Techmod products. New printing machines and technology highly improved their products. Carrier film is cut very close to the marking and barely perceptible under the finger tip. Print is sharp and free of any misalignment. My experiences with their latest products were so far positive as the decals were nicely reacting with Micro Sol and Set fluids, which I use, and smoothly laid in panel lines and rivets, although here and there needed some gentle soft brush stabbing.

I checked internet references searching for the planes offered in these two sets and I have not found any serious error or missing marking. My only worry is the colour of Sky bands and letters. The Sky is typical for all RAF set released by Techmod but it slightly differs from what I have seen on colour photographs or in the museum. It is a bit too dark and green for me but maybe it is just a matter of taste and sense? There are also correct painting schemes shown in the decaling instruction. As we are at the instruction. Each plane is shown mostly on all four views with one two machines shown just on two profiles. Instruction is printed in colour so it's rather difficult to use wrong colours on the model. There is also an useful crib of necessary colours with FS numbers and recommended references and bibliography.
Another glitch which requires a closer look and consideration is the width of black and white stripes which are shown on the drawings presenting the placement of stencils and markings common for all options. These are not the popular Invasion Stripes from D-Day but quick-recognition markings, please be aware of it. On the real plane the stripes width was 300mm for black and 610mm for white stripes. In 1:72 scale it should give respectively 4.16mm and 8.47mm. These numbers do not fit at all to the size given in the decals instruction. Diagram clearly shows that white fields are much wider than black, while the numbers says that widths are 6.2mm for black and 6.5mm for white. Thankfully for the customer this time Techmod does not provide decals for these stripes. This means it has to be painted by the modeler himself, so it is only up to you what will be the width of the stripes on your Tiffie.
Conclusions
In general I appreciate the presence of these two sets on the market. As the Tiffie is quite popular model and selection of markings chosen by producers of the plastic kits is limited it is very good if someone gives you more options. If you are aware of the possible errors of the instruction you get the good product which will distinct your kit from others. Be careful and study the references and the success is yours. Quality of the Techmod decals is already confirmed by many modelers around the world.
Related reviews on Aeroscale
Brengun Hawker Typhoon IB late (bubble canopy) by Ben Micklem
Pavla Hawker Typhoon IB(car door) by Ben Micklem
Airfix Hawker Typhoon IB by Ben Micklem
Academy Hawker Typhoon IB (bubble canopy) by Ben Micklem
Hawker Typhoon propellers and other parts for Academy kit by Ben Micklem
Hobby Boss easy assembly Hawker Typhoon IB by Samantha Berry

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SUMMARY
Highs: Good quality of decals: sharp, no misalignment, thin carrier film. Attractive painting options.
Lows: Possible errors in the instruction. Requires careful study of references.
Verdict: Generaly recommended, mostly for good quality of decals.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: 72061, 72063
  Suggested Retail: ca.5GBP
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  PUBLISHED: Aug 02, 2013
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.66%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 88.50%

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Comments

Too late to write much tonight, but I can see there is one mistake with Beamont's R7752. I'll explain tomorrow.
AUG 02, 2013 - 09:24 AM
On 2 November 1942 all 11 Group Typhoons engaged on patrol over the South Coast of England were ordered to adopt following markings:-"Under surface port and starboard wings are to be painted with black stripes 12 inches wide fore and aft from root of wing to inboard end of aileron. Spinner and remainder of nose as far as rear of radiator to top of cowling behind spinner white for head-on recognition”. Apparently the black stripes were not effective enough as 11 Group soon ordered the addition of white stripes to fill the spaces between the existing black stripes under the wings. The white nose may have been effective in alerting coastal gunners but the Typhoon squadrons were also undertaking sorties across the Channel and the new markings compromised their camouflage - in fact they stood out like sore thumbs. Accordingly the white noses were painted out in line with an order dated 5 December 1942 and the rest of the Typhoons outside 11 Group were ordered to have white stripes between the black ones under the wings. When I was at school we were taught that 1 inch was 2.54 cm, so (12 * 2.54)/72 = .423333 cm or or approx 4.2 mm. Width of the white stripes can only be determined by measuring the length from root of wing to inboard end of aileron and placing the centres of the black stripes an equal distance apart along that line. Beamont's Typhoon, R7255, was inherited from S Ldr Richey and bore a number of schemes under both of them as well as a number of the modifications. The scheme with the yellow spinner and cannon fairings dates from early 1943. On the 13th February Beamont collected R7255 from Hawker Aircraft at Langley, where it had been sent for the fitting of 'Mod 286'. Mod 286 involved fitting internal strengtheners and external fish plates around the rear fuselage joint immediately in front of the tailplane that were intended to stop the tail falling off. It is possible that it was while at Langley it was repainted. A photograph of R7255 at this time shows without doubt that the yellow stripes on the upper wing surfaces had been removed. There were some other, small modifications. The external rudder balance (visible in earlier photographs just below the fin flash), was replaced with an internal balance. The cannon barrels were now completely faired-in. These were not the standard fairings introduced on the production line at the end of December 1942, but locally produced items modified from Spitfire cannon fairings. The gun camera was moved from the starboard wing to the nose, just behind the spinner.
AUG 03, 2013 - 05:27 AM
   

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