Another quick and fairly fun build for a group build over at Britmodeller. The Whirlwind kit dates from 1978, and was the second tooling of this unusual and sadly neglected aircraft made by Airfix. The boxing I used came from the 1990s.
To fit my 1940 theme, I chose the earlier camouflage and transfer option in the kit, for a 263 Squadron aircraft, based in Exeter in December 1940.
Like many kits of the time, there's not much to it. What was moulded was clean and fairly fresh, with very fine raised panel lines. Overall fit was good. I opted for an aftermarket set of main wheels, as the kit ones are a bit slim.
I added some basic cockpit detailing. I replaced the wide bench seat with a PE seat from a Hurricane set, made some frames and bits from stryene strip, and modified a PE instrument panel to fit. Seatbelts were made from thin masking tape strips.
You can still just see something in the cockpit!
Very little filler was needed, and most of it was used to fill sink holes in various spots around the wings and fuselage.
I was going to airbrush the model. In fact, I started to airbrush it. However, it turned into a disaster when masking tape removed the paint and primer at the same time. In the end, I resorted to brush painting, with a final airbrushed matt coat to seal things. Even then, a quick mask to paint the fuselage band also lifted paint off the model, and retouching caused more problems. By the time it was finished, I was fed up with the thing, what with the paint problems, so I haven't weathered the model. It's now in the display cabinet, and I don't think I'll be in a hurry to replace this example.
The transfers were a little translucent, but behaved themselves well enough. I used EZ-Line for the antenna wiring.