This Academy Typhoon 1B is one of the better offerings from the Korean scale model manufacturer. A relatively inexpensive kit, this version of the famous WW2 tank buster is meant for the average and novice modelers to enjoy. It has great fit and surface detail – with fine rivets and panel lines. Yet, it still has relatively few components to work on – enough to give young modelers the enthusiasm to start on the hobby as well as seasoned adults the chance to make a quick build.
For the advance, this kit will give you the opportunity to flex your scratch-building techniques and have a go at some plastic surgery. With its almost rock bottom price (I bought mine for just under $8 dollars) you can do the simplest modification such as adding seat belt harness to the more complicated ones which might include anywhere between adding parts of a PE set to conversion using resin engines.
For me, I choose a middle path: sawing off all those movable surface panels to show it in the dropped position. I guess the reason was because I had to come up with a balancing act for a “group build” under a “Allied Normandy invasion” theme that my local modeling club will hold in the coming month.
I am giving some final touches to the seat harness. The seat is stock from the kit, while the harness is Tamiya masking tape cut to length. I sprayed the seat a light mist of Tamiya Flat Aluminum and I painted the belts with Humbrol Dark Earth.
I painted the cockpit with Tamiya enamel Flat Black and the chairs Tamiya enamel Flat Aluminum. The color references from the Internet differs from the ones in the instruction sheet.
Being only less that thirty days away, I thought that making a build with a major focus on re-creating the D-Day stripes and modifying the movable surfaces would be smartest way to satisfy my “advanced modeler syndrome” without overshooting my deadline.
Everything was pretty much stock build except the modifications that I made on the elevators and flaps. The fuselage halves were immediately glued together after the cockpit and tail wheel were painted. The wing halves were quickly glued. But, it took a while before I can glue the wings and fuselage together. My photos will explain the construction process more:
In the end, I really enjoyed working with this kit. I think this project improved the look and feel of the Typhoon. With a straight build anyone could come up with a decent model within a couple of days – sort of a “weekend kit”. I completed mine between approximately 25-30 hours which includes all the scratch-build add-on.
If you are making a similar build, here are some ‘work-in-progress’ photos for you to enjoy.