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Airfix 1/24 Typhoon add-ons?


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Invested in the Xtradecal set a few weeks ago and nice it is too. I've decided that as soon as any of the resin stuff is produced/released to grab them quick. I'm halfway through my Mosquito build and cannot find a set of the Paragon U/C doors anywhere and they fetch silly money on the rare occasion they come up on eBay

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From what I have seen, the upgrade 'requirements' will be the same as those for pretty much every kit:

 

- gun barrels (turned brass)

- tyres / wheels (resin)

- instrument panel (PE or decals for dials)

- seat (resin)

- seat belts (paper / PE)

- landing gear (GFactor special please!)

- marking options (masks / decals)

 

It will be a measure of the kit's popularity as to exactly what, and WHO, makes aftermarket stuff for this.

 

The Mossie is a good example of this: the mainstream guys have pretty much ignored it.

 

Let's see...

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I will be producing a set of masks for this which I intend to do as a promotion for the kit at Telford. I will, of course also be doing commissions for marking schemes, including the shark mouth option. The promotional set will include camo masks, yellow wing leading edge masks, roundels fin flash and D-Day stripe helpers; I plan on doing these at about a 35% discount. I am currently building one and I can say that the aftermarket guys will struggle as about the only thing that is really required is fabric seat belts :)

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I will be producing a set of masks for this which I intend to do as a promotion for the kit at Telford. I will, of course also be doing commissions for marking schemes, including the shark mouth option. The promotional set will include camo masks, yellow wing leading edge masks, roundels fin flash and D-Day stripe helpers; I plan on doing these at about a 35% discount. I am currently building one and I can say that the aftermarket guys will struggle as about the only thing that is really required is fabric seat belts :)

Although the plastic ones are excellent, amazingly realistic. Shark mouthed Tiffie will sell like hotcakes.

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Talking of shark mouth Typhoons, anyone got pics of one where you can actually see the codes / rest of the aircraft?

 

Also interested in if any of these shark mouths are definitely WWII as opposed to post VE-Day...

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Peter,

With the artificial horizon that way it would look like the Typhoon is banking while standing

On the ground. It should be horizontal. Hope this makes sense.

Cheers

Cees

 

Ah, Cees, the unit is only in need of a bit of calibration.... :)

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Talking of shark mouth Typhoons, anyone got pics of one where you can actually see the codes / rest of the aircraft?

 

Also interested in if any of these shark mouths are definitely WWII as opposed to post VE-Day...

The only one I know of is MR-U and if you look in the suppliment in the current Airfix Model world mag there's a post war pic of it with blue/white cheques but they state it had the shark mouth before the war ended.
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Peter,

With the artificial horizon that way it would look like the Typhoon is banking while standing

On the ground. It should be horizontal. Hope this makes sense.

Cheers

Cees

 

 

Hi Cees

 

I wondered about this too, but I have pics of two Typhoon cockpits and in both the Artificial Horizon has 'toppled' like this. I have also seen it while researching the Spit, Mosquito and Hurricane so not sure if it is just what happens after sitting for a long time or why it might happen. A pilot chimed in on another thread where it came up and said whenever he takes his Cub for a spin it is like this so I thought thats how to leave it..

 

..this is the 'pit I am mainly working from in Duxford..

 

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..the kit parts arrived today so I have scaled everything and the artwork is being finalised over the coming week - it's a stunning bit of engineering thats for sure, I have the tubular framework assembled as I need a 'vanilla' build to use in the instructions - it's quite wierd building something without adding anything at all to it..

 

TTFN

 

Peter

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With the artificial horizon that way it would look like the Typhoon is banking while standing

On the ground. It should be horizontal. Hope this makes sense.

In a perfect world, and immediately after repair, that's true, but, in use, things wear, and the bearings holding the rotor in the gyro housing are no exception. The rotor is balanced (usually by removing small amounts with a drill bit,) then the housing is balanced, usually by a couple of threaded headless bolts, which move left/right or back/forth. It takes only a tiny amount of extraneous matter to upset the balance (even late shrinkage of the material used for locking nuts and bolts into place can make a difference,) and the balls in bearings also wear, causing imbalance, even drag. Many WWII instruments were air-driven, and, even though the input was filtered, dirt could eventually get in, and cause trouble.

Edgar

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Thanks Edgar,

True of course. Working on my Halifax and Hampden cockpit projects I noticed the Artificial Horizon had a small

Screw at the side of the casing. Being curious I unscrewed it and the instrument went all over the place. I think

That 's what has happened here, when the tubing was disconnected the mechanisme isn't secured. Not that you can

Reach it while mounted in the BFP anyway.

Peter, your attention to detail is fantastic.

Cheers

Cees

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Glad to hear about the seatbelts.........

 

With regards to the A.I its perfectly normal......when a gyro runs down it will "wander" away from its operating datum, hence the slight deviation. As long as it spins up and assumes its correct attitude when powered up, then everythings fine. I think it looks more natural with the slight deviation, more "real world".

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I have the 1/24 seatbelts suitable for the Typhoon in the store right now:

With the Typhoon, the original harness was the standard Sutton (it's just visible in the Pilot's Notes, and a photo sequence on how to extract the pilot from the car-door version, and is illustrated as such in the A.P.)

It's entirely possible they're fine for a post-war airframe, after all the Tempest did have the so-called "Q" type from the start, and the Typhoon might have changed, but I can't find any reference, in the list of modifications, to the Sutton being replaced.

Edgar

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