Friday, July 18, 2014


The Airfix 1:24 scale Hawker Typhoon is now for sale, and looks to be a terrific model, packed inside and out with structural detail. We're looking forward to building this one hugely.

SMN report: The Airfix super-detailed 1:24 scale model of the ground-attack Hawker Typhoon MkIb marks a new high with state-of-the-art computer-aided design.

There's an interview with the model's designer here, which is loaded with background information on the kit's development. It's well worth a view.

To see some excellent detailed shots of the pre-production Typhoon click here.

The real thing
Introduced into service in 1941, the Hawker Typhoon was designed as a high-performance interceptor for the Royal Air Force, to replace the Hawker Hurricane, for use with the Supermarine Spitfire as a deadly two-prong fighter force. However, early engine problems and inferior high altitude performance meant that the Typhoon eventually found a different - but successful - role. As a low-level fighter-bomber, taking out anything from armed convoys to supply trains, the Typhoon became highly successful.

Scale stats

Airfix Hawker Typhoon 1b
Scale: 1:24
Parts: 509
Assembled length: 404 mm (15.9 in)
Assembled wingspan: 528 mm (20.8 in)