Hawker Typhoon Mk. IB Early Type Cannons with Uncovered Barrels

Published: October 1st, 2014     
Reviewed by: Rob Booth - IPMS# 37548
Scale: 1/72
Company: Master Model
Price: $9.50
Product / Stock #: AM-72-064
Product provided by: Master Model

Master Model is a scale model metal detailing parts manufacturer located in Poland. Their lines include exquisitely detailed photo-etched and white metal replacement parts for aircraft and ships in the most commonly produced scales.

Master has produced replacement cannons of the early type, with uncovered barrels for any 1/72 Hawker Typhoon early Mk Ib kits. This item is intended to completely replace the plastic kit parts. My example kit (a Maquette issue from Russia) is a Mk Ib, and my research indicates it is the correct version that this particular part issue would be appropriate for. These cannons should generally be fitted to the earlier "car door" version of the Mk Ib as used early in WWII by the RAF. Later Mk. IB versions had full cover extensions over the cannon barrels.

The parts instructions are graphic, with English text. They are easily understood, and offer some important cautions and sequencing for the assembly and use of the parts. A close-up evaluation of the parts (see photos), indicates a simple cut and replace installation that provides a realistic scale-detailed assembly with a significantly improved appearance to moulded plastic kit parts.

Some cautionary advice: for those without basic modeling experience, use very thin CA (Superglue) sparingly, to assemble and attach these metal parts to your plastic kit, as the usual plastic glues do not react with the metal. Note carefully the sequencing of the circular brass photoetched leading edge covers. They are handed and sized accordingly. Also note that the outboard barrels are longer than the inboard. Painting of the gun cover and barrel assembly will be necessary, so check your references, and be sure to prime with the appropriate materials that are compatible with your preferred metallic paints. Painting of the gun-tip parts will be easier to complete, if done prior to assembly.

Overall, this is an excellent replacement set that will lend increased realism to your 1/72 early type Hawker Typhoon.

Highly recommended.

Thanks to the IPMS Reviewer Corps and Master Model for the opportunity to review this item.

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