Build Report: Monogram’s 1/48 Typhoon Mk. Ib

I remember as a kid in the mid 70’s building Monogram kits that had “Copyright 1967” stamped on them, and thinking “Wow…. that’s an old kit.” Now, I look at that and think “Wow, that kit is as old as I am.”

Funny how things change.

I picked this kit up entirely for the box art. Guns blazing, barreling in at high speed on the evil Nazi menace…. the 10 year-old kid in me was jumping up and down saying “Now THAT is COOL!” And the 44 year-old adult in me said “hey, with a 40% off coupon from Michael’s, I can get that at a deep discount.

So it had dual appeal. 🙂

I’d actually not built this particular kit as a kid. I’m not sure why…. just never got around to it. I’m glad that Revell is re-releasing these older kits though, especially under the Monogram name. As a kid, I loved Monogram. That was my model company. I built Revell and Lindberg and whatever else I could find, but I’d pick up Monogram kits for that name alone.

This kit is very typical of Monogram from that era. Easy assembly, good fit… actually very good fit. Simple but adequate detail. The panel lines are raised, of course. But that didn’t bother me as a kid, so why should it now? It’s molded in gray, and the parts are actually produced in the US, another thing I’m glad to see from Revell. I hope that trend continues.

The cockpit is simple- a throne-like seat, a simple floor with no rudder pedals, a stick, minimal sidewall detail, and a fairly nice instrument panel. I decided to just go with it out-of-the-box, with only some very simple tape belts added to the seat. The interior was painted with Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green, and XF-69 NATO Black. Drybrushing and detail spots were in various Tamiya paints.

The fuselage went together very well, with only minimal sanding needed to remove the seam line. Raised panel detail was restored by placing masking tape alongside the existing panel lines, leaving a slight gap, and painting on a layer of Mr. Surfacer 1000. Once the tape was removed, it’s almost impossible to tell it was restored that way. It just looks and even feels like the rest of the panel lines.

The wing to fuselage fit was excellent…. near Tamiya good, in fact. There was the smallest of gaps that was closed up simply by placing a rubber bad around the model, wingtip to wingtip, and running Tamiya Extra Thin in the join. This set the dihedral nicely, and no sanding was needed at all.

The horizontal stabilizers are done as I believe all manufacturers should do them. Each tailplane had a tab that fit through to the other side, and the two tabs butted against each other at an angle. Simply put, it’s virtually impossible to not have perfectly straight tailplanes. If a 44 year old kit can get it right, why not the modern ones?

Exterior painting next. I decided to do something different, and give this Typhoon the markings of a CBI-based aircraft. I don’t believed they were in the CBI, but I thought it would look cool. The underside was painted using Tamiya XF-83 Sea Grey 2 RAF. The uppers were Model Master Acryl Dark Earth and Tamiya XF-81 Dark Green 2 RAF. A coat of Future was applied, then decals, those coming from an Aeromaster Spitfire set. After decaling, fading was applied using Tamiya XF-55 Deck Tan, then some post-shading with a highly diluted mix of Tamiya X-19 Smioke and XF-69 NATO Black. Some chipping was done with a Prismacolor Silver pencil, then some additional staining with Tamiya Smoke. Some Burnt Umber oils were added to the control surface recesses, and the final bits were added on- undercarriage, rockets, and prop. To make painting the rockets easier, I used a razor saw to separate the rocket from the launch rail. A final flat coat using Testors Dull Coat finished things off.

This was truly  fun kit to build. No fuss, no problems, no fiddly parts. Just build it like a kid and enjoy. It would make a great palette for further detailing and scratch-building, of course. But it’s nice looking OOB, in my opinion.  It captures the beefy look of the Typhoon well.

And for $9.60, it just about can’t be beat. It satisfies the fun-loving kid in you, and the bargain-hunting old grumpy guy too! 😀