Classic Airframes 1/35 Kit OOB
...photos of the completed build United Kingdom - World War 2
|Sean Emmott||10/10/2015 09:59:26|
2151 forum posts
It seems incredible, but for a long time in the late 1930's the Air Ministry expected the core of RAF fighter command to be formed from Squadrons of Whirlwinds as the Spitfire was not regarded as a likely success.
However, the Whirlwind used Rolls Royce's Peregrine engine, and this engine suffered significant difficulties in development, so the first operational squadron to receive Whirlwinds (263 Sqn) did not get them until July 1940. By this time Rolls Royce production had moved from the Peregrine to the legendary Merlin: many aircraft used the Merlin, only the Whirlwind used the Peregrine. Consequently, although the Whirlwind was robust, heavily armed and popular with pilots, only 112 were built before the type was withdrawn and replaced by the Hawker Typhoon in November 1943.
I've always been attracted to unusual and lesser known aircraft, and the Whirlwind, with its bulging engine nacelles and high tailplane fits that bill. Trumpeter have recently a 1/48 kit of this aircraft, but previously the only option was from Classic Airframes. This is a multimedia kit with plastic, resin and etch. There are marking options for two aircraft, one of which features a white nose and black and white ring bands which were specifically added for the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. I plan to build this aircraft, but as it was in June 1942 before the Dieppe markings were added.
This will be the third Classic Airframes kit I've built after the Fairey Battle
and the Boulton-Paul Defiant
The former was quite a challenging build, but the Defiant was very enjoyable, and no more of a challenge than some old Airfix kits I've built.
Being limited run kits, the plastic is slightly softer than more mainstream kits, and the gates attaching parts to the runner thicker. Surface detail is good, however. More detailed parts, including the interior, are resin. Belts and very fine details are etched and the undercarriage from white metal.
I have a set of Barracuda aftermarket wheels, but won't use them in the blog as I hope to enter the model in the OOB category at Telford if a) I finish it in time and b) make a good enough job of it!
The decals look good. My experience of Classic Airframes decals is that they go on very well and react perfectly with Micro Set and Micro Sol. However, you'll note the roundels on the Defiant were printed slightly off register.
|Tim Marlow||10/10/2015 10:31:35|
825 forum posts
Really looking forward to this one. I have the Trumpeter kit in the stash, so the comparison will be interesting. This is one of my favourite "also rans" . I have always thought that if this had made squadron status by the Battle of Britain the Germans would have given up much earlier as the armament would have torn the bomber streams to ribbons. By the time it was fully operational its day had unfortunately gone and the engine used left no room for development.
|Robin Buckland||10/10/2015 10:56:34|
15251 forum posts
A nice choice of subject, I look forward to seeing this one come together.
|133 forum posts|
Oooh, a non whirlybird Whirlwind.... goody!
Looking forward to following this as I have the Trumpeter kit in my stash
|Andy Claesens||10/10/2015 11:28:49|
10242 forum posts
Count me in Sean. A great choice.
What scale is it as your header says 1/35th?
4416 forum posts
I have always liked this plane, and look forward to following the build.
|Sean Emmott||10/10/2015 15:16:53|
2151 forum posts
Thank you for all the comments, gents. I hadn't expected so much interest in a blog of a comparatively obscure aeroplane!
I have been working on the cockpit pieces. Painted with Mr Color Aircraft Grey-Green, then details picked out with Vallejo acrylics. Then parts were dry brushed with Humbrol enamel silver, then washed with a a 50:50 mix of burnt umber : black oils.
|Ross Moore||12/10/2015 07:19:28|
5449 forum posts
Cockpit looks very nice. Will be watching the rest come together.
|Richard Foenander||14/10/2015 04:53:44|
2989 forum posts
The Whirlwind was one of my favourites as well. Yet to get the Trumpeter kit.
Your earlier Classic Airframe builds are terrific and so shall be this one. Looking forward to more.
|Mike Wilkinson||14/10/2015 06:34:08|
527 forum posts
Good news that Airfix are to produce a 1/48 Defiant in the New Year.
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