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Airfix 1/72 Hawker Typhoon IB (A02041) In-Box Review


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This brand new tooling replaces the Pattern 107 Typhoon that was released in 1958 and has been constantly available, right up until 2012. Inside the Type 16 box is a bag of four light grey runners with exquisitely moulded components including weighted wheels, detailed gun bays and folded panels, a two part canopy is protected in a separate bag. Cartograf decals are provided for two aircraft:
A. MP126 ZY-Y flown by Squadron Leader Basil Gerald “Stapme” Stapleton DFC, No.247 (China-British) Squadron, No.124 Wing, 2nd Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force, Eindhoven, Netherlands, December, 1944.
B. RB281 5V-X flown by Flight Officer A H Fraser, No.439 (Westmount) Squadron, No.143 Wing, (Royal Canadian Air Force), 2nd Tactical Air Force, Royal Air Force, Eindhoven, Netherlands, February 1945.
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The instruction leaflet has eight pages; the first two have the usual history, assembly advice in multiple languages and icon legend. Assembly is illustrated in 18 schematics with plenty of options. Pages 6 & 7 are in full colour with guides for painting and decal placements for both finish options.

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the upper wing requires cutting if you wish to fit :arrow:

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gun bays and panels

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PostPosted: Thu 11 Apr 2013 22:07 pm 
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:clapping: Looks good.

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Most interesting. :snack:

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Looks like one to put on the shopping list.

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I don't care how much I have in my stash - I have got to get one of these soon! Looks a superb kit with great detailing. :)

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I've just spent hours trying to improve the old one with the hope it looks ok next to this! I'll be getting several I imagine. I hope it goes together as well as it looks. Astounding stuff!


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This has just been elevated from a kit I need to a kit I NEED BADLY. :yahoo:
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Although I have the Academy and Hobbyboss versions (and the Aviation Usk car-door Tiffie) I'll definitely be getting this. It looks like the best-detailed plastic Typhoon in this scale.

Now, Airfix, how about a car-door version - pretty please? :thumb:

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njtpuma wrote:
I don't care how much I have in my stash - I have got to get one of these soon! Looks a superb kit with great detailing. :)

My thoughts exactly

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How is the newer tooling differ from the older tooling and the gift set issued kits :?:
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Dave,

Take a closer look at the photos that Ratch has stuck up. That kind of detail in the wheel wheels and on the cockpit walls was just not possible in 1958 when the old mould Typhoon was made. The new one is state-of-the art for 1/72nd scale and will be up there with all the latest offerings from Airfix.

Once the in-box review is posted you'll be able to judge for yourself.

One of the great things about this forum is that you can check the instructions for the original Typhoon in the instructions section. Look down the list and click on the Typhoon, you can then see the thumb nails photos of the instructions and you'll see, for example, that the original kit provided a very basic seat and nothing else for the cockpit interior.


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Looks like more Hawkers in my future.
If this is a portent of what the new Hurricane MkI will be like, Airfix has to somehow address some the failings in the IIC.

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The open gun bay option looks really interesting. :clapping:

I can't think of another 1/72 kit with this option included and at this price it's fabulous. I've got to have one of these despite the Academy one in the stash.

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Jon.M wrote:
The open gun bay option looks really interesting. :clapping:

I can't think of another 1/72 kit with this option included and at this price it's fabulous. I've got to have one of these despite the Academy one in the stash.

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Looks like more Hawkers in my future.
If this is a portent of what the new Hurricane MkI will be like, Airfix has to somehow address some the failings in the IIC.

I can't see that happening. But of all the new tools, it's only that kit and 109G that have been truly sub-par, and even then - there are those that love them for their good fit.

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If the Hurricane IIC and the Me 109G sell - then they serve a purpose - even if they are sub-par compared with other new kits such as the Zero, Hawk and Vampire.

I bought a Hurricane but the negative reviews put me off the Me 109G. Whereas I have 4 Airfix Me 109E's in small scale and will probably snatch up as many new Typhoons and new Hurricanes as I can.


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Dave,

Take a closer look at the photos that Ratch has stuck up. That kind of detail in the wheel wheels and on the cockpit walls was just not possible in 1958 when the old mould Typhoon was made. The new one is state-of-the art for 1/72nd scale and will be up there with all the latest offerings from Airfix.

Once the in-box review is posted you'll be able to judge for yourself.

One of the great things about this forum is that you can check the instructions for the original Typhoon in the instructions section. Look down the list and click on the Typhoon, you can then see the thumb nails photos of the instructions and you'll see, for example, that the original kit provided a very basic seat and nothing else for the cockpit interior.


Thanks Patrick, very helpful post. I do have 2 old kits, 1 from the gift set series and another the old series 1, just eager to see what I am missing out on.
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Just purchased one from Modelzone in Croydon and have had a look inside - it looks stunning. Detail is superb. Wish I had brought two now - the kit just calls out for two versions to be made - one 'in-flight' and another wheels-down with the gun bays open. :D

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Just bought one yesterday,beautiful kit and no doubt is going to be very popular. Mine is for a friend who didn't realise they were available,so he'll be very happy at the club night tomorrow. Can't believe how much detail they've squeezed in it!

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I´m having one too, should I tire from boat building. :)

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Further information:
Having just received the Review kit yesterday in the post I can state that A02041 is a late production Typhoon Ib.
This means the kit is provided with only the four blade propeller and Tempest tailplanes.
The only omission I can see on first pass is a serious lack of landing lights in the wing leading edge
Build review will begin to be posted within next 24 hours. :wink:

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hewman100 wrote:
The only omission I can see on first pass is a serious lack of landing lights in the wing leading edge


That's because they weren't a feature of late production Typhoons. I have a photo of RB281 that shows they weren't fitted to this airframe. MP126 was wired for RPs, so even if it had come off the production line with lights fitted, they would have been plated over. I can't find my Typhoon reference at the moment, so I can't confirm when the fitting of lights was discontinued at the factory.

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Awesome. Will need to get one or two

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njtpuma wrote:
Just purchased one from Modelzone in Croydon and have had a look inside - it looks stunning. Detail is superb. Wish I had brought two now - the kit just calls out for two versions to be made - one 'in-flight' and another wheels-down with the gun bays open. :D

I like your thinking. Of course, you could always spend a bit extra and get an Aires gun bay set :rotfl:

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