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1/48 Tempest Mk.II ‘Hi-Tech’
The Tempest Mk.II was the last radial engine fighter aeroplane to have been introduced to service with the RAF. The type had been developed for the planned attack against Japan in the closing stages of the war. But using the atomic bombs by the Americans meant an end to those plans and the Tempest Mk.II was deployed in a couple of post-war era conflicts instead. Bearing RAF colours, it fought the China-backed Malayan communist insurgents in the 1950s. They also fought in the Indo-Pakistani wars.
Our model of the Tempest Mk.II has been prepared in cooperation with Eduard. It contains eight styrene sprues including two clear parts sprues. The kit is topped up with a handful of resin items – resin undercarriage wheels, a partial replica of the engine with the covering panels, plus the necessary photo etches and painting masks. The decal sheet offers markings for five schemes – three as flown with the RAF, two of which are camouflaged and one in aluminium overall, then we have a Pakistani camouflaged machine and an Indian one in aluminium lacquer finish.

This version has never been kitted before in styrene format
Attractive paint schemes
Accessories already in the box

1/72 Mirage F.1AZ/CZ ‘The South African Commie Killers’

The Mirage F.1C came about as a private venture by the French Dassault company. The first flight of the Mirage F.1 took place on 23rd December 1966 and production aircraft entered service with the Armée de l´Air as the F.1C single-seater fighter and F.1B two-seater trainer versions. During their service with France a number of these aircraft were upgraded by fitting of IFR probes which resulted in the designation F-1C-200. The Armée de l´Air also flew dedicated reconnaissance and a ground-attack versions of the MirageF.1 designated respectively as the F.1CR and CT, the latter being converted from the earlier F.1-200 airframes. A total of 246 Mirage F.1`s of all versions served with the French and the Mirage was also exported successfully further afield. In Europe, Spanish and Greek militaries operated the type, in South America Mirage F.1`s were ordered by Ecuador (F.1JA and JE two seaters) for the Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana while in Africa and Asia the Mirage F.1 proved especially popular, serving with the air forces of Gabon, South Africa, Morocco, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait. Flying with these air forces this variant of the famous Mirage family saw combat action the world, including mock dogfights over the Aegean between Greek F.1`s and Turkish fighters, French aircraft saw action over Chad, Libya, Afghanistan, Mali, Ivory Coast and even stood up against Iraqi Mirage F.1`s during the 1st Gulf War, Ecuadorian F.1`s were used in cross border skirmishes with Peru and South African Mirages also saw extensive action as a ground attack aircraft and fighter during the long Border War with Angola and Mozambique, often coming up against Cuban flown Soviet Mig 17, 21 and 23 jet fighters. Libyan F.1`s alo saw brief action during the Civil War of 2011 when several of them defecting to Malta.
The South Africa Air Force operated two versions of the Mirage, the F.1 AZ and F.1CZ, the former being a ground attack airframe fitted with a laser range finder, the latter a standard fighter version with the large Cyrano radar dish in the nose. In the 1980s, the South African Republic found itself engaged in a civil war in Angola as well as in a conflict in Namibia. The Mirage F1 of both versions did well in their respective roles during these wars, the most successful Mirage pilot being Maj. J.Rankin who, flying two different machines, scored two kills of Angolan MiG jets.

Paul Tosney – Editor

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