Monday, October 1, 2012

Revell Hawker Tempest Mk. V for a good home

I'm not entirely sure that this box isn't older than I am. 

Further to my previous post about Masquisards and the air support thereof, I've come across another Memoir '44 scenario featuring the French resistance. In that game, the Resistance are harassing a retreating German column with the assistance of some SOE chaps, who are calling in air strikes. I thought this would make for a particularly good convention game. I actually have sufficient figures to do the scenario, but I thought that adding a Spitfire or something with rockets trailing gouts of teddy bear stuffing would be a really splendid visual thing that would add to the game. I filed the idea away in my head and resolved to do something about it later.


It came back to me when I was passing my local model shop today and I dropped in looking for a diecast British or American aircraft that fired rockets.  I wasn't that interested in building a kit as I always made a dreadful hash of them when I was younger. I chatted to the proprietor and told him that I was looking for a "rocket firing plane". He started looking through his stock, but no dice. I was halfway down the street, when the proprietor ran out of the shop and collared me as I was about to mount my bike.

He's not a young man and I felt so sorry for the chap, whose chest was heaving from the run and was obviously pleased at having found the right thing, that I forked over the cash without demur and made for home.
The box complete with decals, parts and instructions


So I now own a Hawker Tempest in a very nice box, it's actually (or so young Master Gow informs me) just the thing. It actually looks like a very simple kit and I might actually be able to make a fist of it, but I won't be doing so for a while. However, I am well aware that I am no connoisseur of aeroplane models and there maybe a chap out there who would appreciate the kit (and the box and the rest of it, it has it's decals) rather more than I would.

With that in mind, this kit is going to sit on a shelf for a while until I get time to make it. However, in the meantime, if you happen to like old Revell kits or for whatever reason you must have this particular mark of Tempest, I would gladly swop it for a something in a rocket firing Spitfire, Tempest or Typhoon, either diecast or a made up kit. I intend to drill holes in the rocket launching pylons and add a rocket at the end of a length of wire.

I don't really know anything about 1/72 scale aircraft, but I know enough to know that this nice old kit is probably wasted on me. If you're interested, contact me through the comments below.

12 comments:

  1. I would be pleased to offer this elderly kit a safe home! But you could just build the thing yourself...

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    1. Sure, Tim. If you're interested, drop me a line.

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  2. Not for me sorry, though I have a pair of WWI planes I plane to build

    Ian

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  3. Conrad,
    That kit probably IS older than you, young'un. I built one of those in the 60's. Ummm, I was in grade school then. Just to be clear. Ahem.

    Regards,
    John

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    1. Tell us a story of times of yore Pappa John!

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  4. Conrad - why not eBay it and give the proceeds to charity?

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    1. I've learned tha eBay is to be avoided. It's a good idea - just not for me.

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  5. I made one of those as a kid. The Airfix version. I had no idea at the time what the comb things under the wing were!

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  6. Where did you find such an old kit? Sounds like the kind of place I need to visit.

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