Another relatively straightforward build. This is the new tool Typhoon as released in around 2014 and picked up when Hobbycraft were clearing out their non-starter set Airfix stock (along with an FW-190 which will be next.
This is a beautifully tooled kit. The cockpit interior has the foot boards above the wing box floor, though you won't see this once built since once closed the gap is not that big, and once filled with a pilot all that detail is hidden. The chin radiator is well moulded and cleverly engineered. ANother nice feature, rare in 1/72, are the cannon breeches which can be exposed by cutting out the access panels and fitting the open doors. A nice touch but not followed on this build.You are committed to fitting the cannon before closing the wings which limits options for cleaing up the edges but the fit is good enough not to cause much worry.
The fit was excellent throughout, just a small amount of well diluted filler in the wing roots. I left off the small features (Stores, Arial, mounting step) until after painting. Then it was painting. I used Vallejo Dark Sea Grey and Bronze green for the camouflage and Sky Grey for the underside (I originally used the recommended Medium Sea Grey but the contrast between greys wasn't that strong so I repainted. Masking went very well - no bleed through.
The kit decals give an option of a 1944 and 1945 scheme. However this is a Typhoon so Invasion Stripes are de rigeur, so 247 Sqn it was. The stripes are provided as decals and only cover the underside. I could not get the underwing decals to conform to the wing leading edge, despite several attempts with Micro Set and Sol. I therefore cleaned up the edge with a sharp scalpel. I didn't even try the yellow leading edge decals as I have had problems with these before, so a quick mask and paint job. The underfuselage stripes went on well and settled nicely with Micro Sol. Decalling took several sessions as there are some areas when decals go down on top of others so plenty of setting time was needed.
Stores were another simple choice - had to be Rocket Projectiles. The drilled out holes need to be picked out after the stripe decals are fixed (and I did all the weathering before this step too).
Finally I decided that this should be a busy airframe - 6 sorties a day were not unusual in Normandy with thousands of Rocket Projectiles being fired per operation (for example around Mortain during Operation Luttich). They didn't hit much but scared the opposition so much that many vehicles were abandoned or went to ground at the first sign of air attack.
A really nice build with some fine detail options.
And finally overflying a troop of Desert Rats somewhere in Northern France in the summer of 1944.