As a fighter-bomber, the tough, heavily armed Typhoon was the scourge of any German ground forces in Normandy trying to maneuver towards the front. This kit, representative of Airfix’s new generation of products, made for a very satisfying build. When given a choice I will always choose the livery that includes invasion stripes, as I have done here. I have also always liked the British grey-and-green camouflage scheme, so all in all I am very pleased with this handsome little aircraft.
One of the skill elements that still eludes me is the panel-line accents. Tamiya’s Panel Line Accents are good, but I usually balk at having to do the line-by-line wiping and touching up that is required at the points where I have touched the brush to the lines. A dark wash can also work well and is faster, but I find I run into two problems with that: 1) if I leave it on too long or make it too dark, it just makes the whole surface look darker and dirtier than it needs to be, but 2) if I make it too thin or start to wipe off excess too soon in order to avoid Problem 1, then it barely accentuates the lines at all. That is what has happened here!
In the photos I have imagined a Typhoon just taxiing to its take-off, armed with rockets for ground attack. The massive nose structure and large, four-bladed prop really stand out in some of the shots. I have left the canopy open for the taxi, partly to account for the fact that the pilot figure — which I like and which is not the same Airfix pilot as in so many of their kits — has his oxygen mask hanging below his chin for the moment. As I have described in previous posts, the spinning propeller is achieved with a small leaf blower I use expressly for that purpose. Since I am already shooting with a very low shutter speed to increase my depth of focus, the movement of the propeller blades is captured beautifully. The staff car is by Ace Models, and the ground crew are of course Airfix.
Very nice diorama, and your finish of the Typhoon is immaculate. I like the shapes of that aircraft, and the Airfix kit is also and enjoyable build. Ammo by Mig have their line of paneliners, I really like them. They are enamel based like Tamiya Panel Line Accents, but there a lots of different colours. And what is remarkable that you can just wipe the excess wash using paper or cotton buds, no thinner needed. Of course a gloss or at least satin finish is needed, I use Mr Hobby gx112, it a lacquer base gloss. But even on a satin paint base they don’t seems to stain the surface if you don’t let it dry for too long.
How does that Ace staff car go together, I have read that Ace kits can be a bit tricky.
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Thanks for sharing your experience with liners and accents — it’s definitely a zone of exploration/a new frontier for me! I actually just tried a couple of Vallejo washes, Grey and Light Grey, on my latest RAF plane, and they were much easier to work with for me. And, yes, I have found that the Ace models are not all that easy to massage together, but sometimes I just can’t resist getting something you don’t find anywhere else, like that staff car! 😉 Thanks for reading — cheers!
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