Building the Eduard Hawker Tempest Mk.V Series 1 #82121, 1/48 scale
by Gary Wickham © Modeler Site
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Eduard has recently released a new tooled Hawker Tempest Mk.V family in 1:48 scale. I have the Mk.V Series 1 ProfiPACK (82121) kit as well as the Big SIN (64856) set which includes a full Brassin Cockpit, Exhausts, Wheels and Landing Flaps. I also have some of the Barracuda Studios correction sets including the spinner and radiator intake. I'll highlight all these goodies (and compare them to the kits parts) as I progress through the build.
At no point did I find the kit fighting me, instead all the parts are cleverly engineered to "just work". I don't use such a comparison lightly, but this kit is closing in on Tamiya. I can't wait for their P-51. I'll also be curious to see if Eduard extends the molds into a Mk.II Tempest with the radial engine. I think that would be a welcome addition to their range.
As with most of the modern Eduard new releases there is a
mountain of add-on goodies from them and other manufacturers that, if you had
the patience (and budget), would allow you to build the ultimate Tempest in this
scale. A quick search on Hannants revealed no less than 34 related parts (decals,
PE, resin etc) designed specifically for the Eduard kits. Whew !!
As I have the Profipack I'll be selecting one of the kit decal
options, of which there are six. Xtradecal have reprinted their Tempest decal
sheet (X48100) which would be an option if you don't particularly like any of
the Cartograph printed schemes provided by Eduard.
Eduard provides a very decent plastic cockpit in the kit which
is further supplemented in this ProfiPACK boxing with PE belts, rudder pedals
and pre-painted instrument panel, consoles and assorted placards etc. If you want
to build the ultimate 1/48 Tempest Mk.V you will want to get hold of the full
Brassin cockpit (ED648416). Mine came as part of the Big SIN pack and after
thoroughly examining the instructions and some planning I set to work.
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