Tempest Mk.II ‘Hi-Tech’
By: Special Hobby
Item no: SH 32054 Price: €87.90
Having released its 1/32 Tempest Mk.V in ‘hi-tech’ and standard boxings, Special Hobby has turned its attention to the Mk.II, notable for its annular intake-fed radial engine. Unsurprisingly, many parts are identical to previous releases, so one gets a sumptuously outfitted cockpit (occupying the first 20 construction stages) with full framing, and fuselage and mainplanes that feature delicate recessed panel lines and excellent rivet representation.
Major changes in the styrene are confined to a single runner, which replaces the in-line cowling and ‘shark-mouth’ intake with the circular cross-section engine covers of the Mk.II, and there’s also a full set of eight 60lb rockets and associated rails to hang under the wings.
However, the biggest surprise is in sister brand CMK’s ‘Hi-Tech’ resin parts, as the basic Tempest components are augmented by an open cannon bay for the port wing, complete with full 20mm Hispanos, ammunition trays and replacement upper panels. The top-quality castings exhibit superb detail, and helpfully, casting blocks have been reduced to the smallest size possible, to aid removal. Once small amounts of flash have been eradicated and the bays assembled, the result is stunning.
The delights don’t stop there, as there’s a neat photo-etched metal fret, which supplies extras for the cockpit, while also serving as a scribing template for the aileron trim-tab panel lines. With HGW Models belts for the pilot’s seat and a canopy and wheel mask set also included, this is a good value offering and is certain to be a big feature at model shows.
Finally, four decal sheets (two large, two small) supply liveries for five aircraft:
- MW774/HF-X, 183 Squadron RAF, Chilbolton, August 1945
- PR533/5R-V, 33 Squadron RAF, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, 1949
- PR733/EG-X, 16 Squadron RAF, Sqn Ldr RE Mooney, British Air Forces of Occupation, Fassberg, West Germany
- A139, 14 Squadron, Royal Pakistani Air Force, 1948
- HA557 (ex-MW404)/O, Indian Air Force, late 1950s