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Storm Warning

Final construction
All the “dangly” bits are now add, dry fitting and making sure that things are properly aligned. This mark of Typhoon had 3 antenna, 2 rigid ones under the fuselage, one vertical the other horizontal. I did look at replacing the vertical one, because it was slightly warped, but didn’t have any airfoil rod that was small enough. I managed to straighten it though, so it was used. The other antenna was replace with a piece of the shaft from a broken drill. I believe this antenna to be for the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) system used on later aircraft, so no wires between the tail and fuselage.

I wasn’t sure about the third aerial until the end of the build. I had seen it in pictures but could verify its location, until I found a sectioned drawing in one of my references. It is a whip aerial and is located on the third rib behind the cockpit, off centre on the starboard panel line. I would have drilled the hole for this before painting, if I’d known where it was located early enough. As it was, I damaged the paintwork, but the repair is all but invisible. For this aerial I used a bristle from the Humbrol liquid cement container, cut in half and painted steel. I inserted a small piece of stretched tube into the hole, then inserted the bristle, very prototypical.
The making up and painting of the rockets took almost as long as the rest of the model. I don’t suggest that you go the route I did but they are pretty accurate. Not perfect, but the fill bands are there, phew, as are the pig tails, connected at both ends and including the connecting rings. I have written a separate article on these, which includes an explanation of the correct colours for the fill bands. Suffice to say here, they are not yellow. (see my article HERE)
I really enjoyed building this model, even though there were a lot of trials and tribulations with the rockets. The massive gap in the fuselage top deck was not a great issue, after a little thought and the finished model certainly looks the part. I will definitely be building another, because there is a 4 blade version.
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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