Usually I build aircrafts from the WW 2 era click! but sometimes a flying computer lands on my workbench. As it doesn't fit in that forum I open up a new thread here. Ready since 2 weeks I want to show you my new Eurofighter Typhoon Twinseater from Revell in 1/48
The Eurofighter is one of the best multi role combat aircrafts in the world today. It is powered by 2 Eurojet EJ 200 engines with a thrust of 90 kN with and 60 kN without afterburner. The only internal weapon is a 27 mm Mauser canon with 150 rounds but the Eurofighter can carry up to 7,5 tons of weapons on 13 hardpoints. Maximum speed is 2,3 Mach.
At the moment the Eurofighter is flown in 6 countries; Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Saudi Arabia. Some countries are also interested in the aircraft (Denmark, South Korea, Croatia, Bulgaria ....), some others have tested it but have decided for a different fighter (Switzerland, India, Japan ....). The German Air Force will get 143 Eurofighters for 3 Fighter Wings (JG 71,73,74) and one Fighter Bomber Wing (JaboG 31). It is also planned to garrison some at the German Air Force Training Center at the Holloman Air Force Base in the USA.
Let's now come to the kit. Revell offers 2 decal versions for the Twinseater. The first (which is also the box art) is No. 17 Sqn RAF Coningsby, 2009. I went for the German Bundesluftwaffe 30+20 from JG 73, based in Rostock-Laage in 2009 with this nice "tail art". On the right side it says "5 years Eurofighter" and on the left side it says "50 years JG 73 S". JG 73 wears the traditional name "Steinhoff". We all know Johannes Steinhoff as one of the famous WW 2 aces with 176 kills, who also flew the Me 262. Some of you may not know, that in 1966 he became inspector of the German Air Force. Later he was also one of the highest officers in the NATO.
Though the kit is very new (from 2010) it has some annoying issues. The fuselage halfs don't fit well together at the front. I even had to fill some gaps .... Not easy to install is the canopy. I wanted to show it open, though the cockpit is nothing special - just out of box. The canopy is glued just to 3 small points in the back of the cockpit. It was necessary to put a small stick under the canopy over night. As you can see, I wasn't successfull of glueing it in the 100% right angle. Well, I can live with that. Let's blame the stick and the night for that .... But all other parts fit quite well. The whole kit consists of 240 parts, so it's not a weekend's job. It took me 7 weeks to build the "Eufi", as we call it here in Germany sometimes.
I guess the 30+20 never flies with all these weapons I packed under the wings. But a jet fighter without bombs and rockets looks a bit naked, doesn't it? So here I decided for two IRIS-T ASRAAM, two TAURUS cruise missiles and four AIM-120 AMRAAM plus an external 1000 liters centerline tank. Looks pretty packed.
The whole kit is painted with Revell Aqua Color. As I don't know the name of this special colour (or a FS-No.), I had to mix this Grey-Blue with 75% Grey 374 and 25% Light Blue 49. The colour on the radome is also a mix of 75% Light Grey 371 and 25% Grey 374. And I'm really satisfied with this result of my first mix orgy. As always it is build out of box and not weathered. Okay, all "Eufis" look very clean, as they are brandnew and well maintained. The first aicraft was deliverd to our Air Force in 2004.
The first time this kit will be seen is at my club's expo in Mannheim in 2 weeks.
I hope you like my little walk around and say thanks for looking. I will carry on in this thread whenever an afterburner leaves my workbench - or a prop that doesn't fit in the WW 2 forum.