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Tempest Mk. V Intake
Hawker Tempest Mk. V Intake Correction Set
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Barracuda Studios have released a replacement resin radiator front for Eduard's new-tool 1:48 Hawker Tempests.

The master patterns are by Roy Sutherland, for whom the Tempest is one of his favourite aircraft, and the parts show all the superb detailing we've come to expert from this master modeller.

The set arrives in a small zip-lock bag with a cardboard header and is accompanied by a clear sheet of instructions that feature colour photos of the model parts along with a period reference shot.

Their are two resin castings. The first is a direct replacement for part #E43 in the Eduard kit. The big difference is that Roy has added an extended tube and supporting fins for the central carburettor intake. The second casting provides a shroud to surround this and the oil cooler, along with an optional dust filter. (Note: if you add the dust filter, the instructions advise that you'll need to add metal braces from scratch, as shown in the reference photo that Barracuda Studios include.)

The casting is flawless in the sample set, with wonderfully thin walls and fins for the carburettor intake and shroud. The parts look very straightforward to prepare and fit and will make an instantly visible change in the gaping maw of the Sabre-powered Tempest Mk. V (the Mk. VI moved the carburettor intake to the wing root).

Item #BR48401 is available now direct from Barracuda Studios.

You always know the quality will be second to none with any Barracuda Studios release, and their new Tempest radiator upgrade is no exception. It's simple enough to suitable as a first resin set for modellers new to using the material, while experienced builders should find it a breeze to install.

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Highs: Superb detail and casting. Clear and well illustrated instructions.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Barracuda Studios' Tempest radiator upgrade will be simple to install and make a big difference to Eduard's already excellent Tempest.
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  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: BR48401
  Suggested Retail: $7.95
  PUBLISHED: Apr 05, 2019
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2021 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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