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Special Hobby Tempest Mk.V #32052 was used for Evan Mackies mount.  Mackie, RNZAF, was the highest scoring Tempest ace with 20+ kills.  Albeit, most of Mackies kills were in Spitfires. 
This kit is a most difficult build.  I started this almost 2 years ago and binned it several times as my MoJo was clearly flattened with this.  From the cockpit, wing root and landing gear construction offered me plenty of WTFFF! and Are You Kidding Me! moments. There was a good chance you may have heard my screams.  This kit is clearly recommended for experienced modellers only. 
I chose Mackies build as I have several Kiwi friends and the lack of ordinance and invasion stripes show the beautiful lines of the Tempest.  Weathering kept to a minimum as this aircraft was delivered to Mackie May 1945.  See my build log.

Build Details

  • Yahu 3214 IP, center panel only as side panels do not fit
  • Barracuda 32334 Nose Correction Set, 32140 Tempest Wheels, 32011 Spitfire Cockpit Upgrade Part II (Acemaker II gunsight only)
  • Master Model 32096 Tempest Mk.V "short" Cannon Tips
  • Maketar Masks 32122 Tempest Mk.V
  • REXX 32043 exhausts
  • ANYZ AN011 .5mm Braided Thread, AN016 Line Connectors
  • MV Lenses 197 Amber, LS800 Red & Green, PN21 Clear
  • Albion Aluminum Slide Fit Tubes .3mm, .5mm, .7mm and .9mm
  • MR Paint
    • 77 Nato Black
    • 110 RAF Green
    • 111 RAF Interior Grey Green
    • 112 RAF Medium Sea Grey
    • 115 RAF Ocean Grey
    • 118 RAF Sky
    • 122 RAF Marking Yellow
    • 123 RAF Marking Red
    • 135 Insignia White
    • 183 Oxford Blue
  • Vallejo 306 Dark Rubber
  • Various Alclad Colors
  • Tamiya X22 Clear, XF86 Flat Clear
  • MiG Washes
    • Dark Wash
    • Streaking Grime 1203
    • Engine Oil 1408
    • PLW Deep Grey 1602
    • PLW Green Brown 1612
  • MiG Pigments
    • Light Dust 3002
    • Black Smoke P023
    • Rust P025
    • Russian Earth P034


These publications, highly recommended, were critical helping me on this build.  Especially the landing gear rake. 

  • Airframe Minature No.4 Hawker Tempest
  • Osprey 27 Typhoon and Tempest Aces of WWII


Warts and all this build yielded some great lessons.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support during this build.
Edited by Rick K

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16 minutes ago, LSP_Kevin said:

Beautiful build, Rick! May I publish it on the website?



Thanks Kev.  I truly feel like I got a 800lb gorilla off my back with this build.  I'm sure there will be more challenging builds in my future, that 190C comes to mind.


Of course you may publish.  I'd be honored.

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Glad you persevered, that is stunning. All that effort has resulted in an exquisite model. I spent a lot of time looking over the photos and admiring all the meticulous work you've put in, from the build itself to the weathering.


Beautiful model of a beautiful aircraft.



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That's one perfect build, everything on it looks just right starting from

the paint work to the weathering - hats off :bow:


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