EDK11117 1/48 Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib 'Bubble Canopy' Ltd Ed
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The Typhoon was designed to replace the Hurricane and was fitted with the powerful Napier Sabre engine. Early on it was plagued with problems but these were overcome and it went on to be a low level interceptor and the RAF's main and most successful fighter bomber.
Initially it was armed with Twelve 0.303 machine guns (Mk.1a) but these were soon swapped for Four 20mm cannons (Mk.1b). It was also capable of carrying 8 rockets or two 500lb (or later 1000lb) bombs but the cannons proved the most successful weapon used on the Typhoon. Earlier models were fitted with a canopy that used 'car door' style doors to gain entry to the cockpit. Later models had a simpler 'bubble canopy' with improved visibility for the pilot and a simpler sliding hood.
Eduard are a Czech based manufacturer famed for their model accessories. They have in the last few years released a successful range of kits. This kit consists of the the excellent Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Typhoon plastic kit, with extras from Eduard. Included in the set is the canopy and wheel mask, colour zoom etch for the cockpit, a sheet of etch exterior parts (not coloured). The kit contains resin parts to make it into a late build Typhoon with 4 Blade Propeller. There is a large new decal sheet, which gives markings for 6 different RAF Typhoons.