Hawker Tempest V

The Tempest has truly been a fantastic kit. The overall construction went favorably with just the wing roots needing extra attention. Academy did another fine job.
I like the result with this build. I am a big fan of the Hawker airplanes, with the Tempest and Typhoon being at the top of the list. It makes me want to get a Hurricane put together. This was such a relaxing kit to work on. It really did seem like it built itself. The decals were a little on the delicate side. That’s not such a big deal, though. The yellow leading edges on the wings almost never came to be. I was cleaning up all my tools and paints when I happened to study the instructions a little closer to realize that there was more to do. Not a huge detail, but it adds a good contrast to the airplane. It was an easy fix. I masked off the edges and brushed on the yellow. Normally I would have airbrushed it on, but I didn’t want to chance any mistakes. Crisis averted.
With this one complete, I can focus on the neglected F-14. I already have two more kits ready to be started as well. The Tempest was number thirty-six of my challenge. Only fourteen more to go.





18 thoughts on “Hawker Tempest V

  1. Le Grand Charles… Pierre Clostermann’s Hawker Tempest.
    Free French pilot with 33 confirmed victories.

    A great tribute to this pilot with your model airplane.


  2. Any chance of getting in a Hurricane in during your final 14? I’d love to get the finished pic and relay it to my dad, as a kid in Canada during WW2 it was his favorite fighter..:-)
    or tell me where in your archives I can find one..


  3. This one reminds me of a Typhoon I made about 40 years ago, I still love the originality of your site. Every visit is a great pleasure. The current Messerschmitt builds are a real treat. That early jet was awesome , and the 262 a great leap forward. How good that the German war machine was almost a spent force when they reached production. Keep up the good work.

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