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Airfix 1/24 Typhoon


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Just finished this one. First Airfix kit I've built in 30+ years, so a few thoughts. I like the general engineering but I'm not keen on the soft plastic and the amount of clean-up required due to misalignment of the moulds, especially on fine details like the cockpit framing. As with some other manufacturers, the option to leave everything open means that nothing fits particularly well if you want to build things closed up. That's especially true with the engine covers.

However, despite these little gripes, it was a fun build and makes a surprisingly substantial model. In fact it doesn't fit in my cabinet, so will have to sit on top. :wallbash: That surprised me as a 1/32 F15C fits and it's fairly sizeable.

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AM used included Brassin wheels, HGW belts, Maketar masks for all markings bar the stencils, RB radiator and Master rockets which are very nice.

All main painting was with Tamiya acrylics. I've used Ammo paints on all my recent builds but went back to Tamiya for this as they're just a bit more robust for lots of handling. I'd also forgotten just how nicely they spray.

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You built a beauty Gus, your Typhoon looks spot on in every aspect. It really pays to spray the markings as they blend perfectly. Seeing yours makes me want to build mine soon, but that has to wait as it is a long project.

Cheers Rob

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2 hours ago, GusMac said:

Just finished this one. First Airfix kit I've built in 30+ years, so a few thoughts. I like the general engineering but I'm not keen on the soft plastic and the amount of clean-up required due to misalignment of the moulds, especially on fine details like the cockpit framing. As with some other manufacturers, the option to leave everything open means that nothing fits particularly well if you want to build things closed up. That's especially true with the engine covers.

However, despite these little gripes, it was a fun build and makes a surprisingly substantial model. In fact it doesn't fit in my cabinet, so will have to sit on top. :wallbash: That surprised me as a 1/32 F15C fits and it's fairly sizeable.

thumbnail_DSC_0055.jpg.a1bfdbf5b785b798010b6b07631baa1e.jpg

thumbnail_DSC_0056.jpg.8aa9d54aae3a5bc30a197d726830e905.jpg

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thumbnail_DSC_0061.thumb.jpg.cf29d5f870817f10a65e2e9bb8df9c29.jpg

AM used included Brassin wheels, HGW belts, Maketar masks for all markings bar the stencils, RB radiator and Master rockets which are very nice.

All main painting was with Tamiya acrylics. I've used Ammo paints on all my recent builds but went back to Tamiya for this as they're just a bit more robust for lots of handling. I'd also forgotten just how nicely they spray.

Awesome build of this big beast in every aspect! The camo looks spot on!

I‘ve one in my stash which hopefully will turn out as yours! 

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