Hawker Tempest VI - Mark 1 Models

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Tim R-T-C
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Hawker Tempest VI - Mark 1 Models

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The Tempest VI was a late war version of the type fitted with a high powered Napier Sabre Mk. V engine and featuring wing root mounted air intakes to allow a larger under-prop radiator for improved engine cooling, essential for a type intended for tropical use.

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The Mark 1 packaging of the kit features their injection moulded Tempest V parts along with a single piece resin wing featuring the altered air intakes. Parts for a single plane are provided along with four late '40s RAF schemes.

The resin wing was a difficult fit to the fuselage, requiring a lot of sanding and filling and even then it lost its dihedral.

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This model is of an airframe that saw use at RAF Deversoir at the end of the 1940s. It carried the unusual post-war tropical RAF scheme of dark earth and slate grey which looks more like RLM02 in some interpretations.

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I decided to go down the weathered root, giving the rather tired looking airframe a healthy coat of desert sand.

The sandy scenery was created entirely with pigments - giving a realistic but rather fragile result.

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