is a 1/144 MiniHobby Model Hawker Tempest V. As I had expected after building
the 1/144 Sepecat Jaguar from the same manufacturer which I wrote about in
February, this kit has the following shortcomings:-
a search on Hawker Tempest V and came across one that was flown by French pilot,
Pierre Clostermann when he was with 3 SQN operating out of Volkel Air Base,
Netherlands sometime in April 1945. The following scratch-built enhancements
were made to make it more accurate:-
As I mix my own colours using basic Tamiya and Mr Hobby colours, I encountered some difficulty to create the correct shade of RAF dark green. I found several types of dark green shades used by other hobbyists from the net. I decided to stick to what I had mixed and airbrushed it on and touch up with fine brush to give it a tighter Dark Green/Dark Grey camo lines. (The photos somehow heighten the green shade). A gloss coat was airbrushed on prior to the decal application. I then applied a satin coat after one day to facilitate the weathering. Pretty heavy weathering was applied on the engine exhaust and fuselage. Smoke stains from the guns were applied on the upper wings as well as from the shell exhaust ports in the undersides.
Hawker Tempests with their performance at low to medium altitude were actively deployed to engage the Fiessler 103 V-1 Flying bombs and Me262s. It was more of a “What-if” consideration that I decided to depict the Tempest alongside a V-1 Flying bomb in a maneuver called “toppling” or “tipping” by the RAF. This is where the intercepting aircraft would fly close beneath the V-1 and using its main wing to throw the V-1 out of balance resulting in the V-1 veering off-course from its target. I have come across pictures of Spitfires executing such maneuvers but not of Tempest. Well
the photo above says it all.
S K Loh
Photos and text © by S K Loh