Eduard’s 1:48 scale Tempest Mk. V Series 1 kit comes on five injection molded polystyrene sprues containing 172 parts. In this version of this kit, about 40 of these parts will go unused. One clear sprue holds an additional 16 parts. Markings for two airplanes are provided:
- Tempest Mk. V, JN751, W/Cdr Roland P. Beamont DSO, DFC & bar, CO of No. 150 Wing, Newchurch, United Kingdom, June 1944
- Tempest Mk. V, JN765, No. 3 Squadron, Newchurch, United Kingdom, June 1944
Strengths: As a Weekend Edition kit, this boxing of Eduard’s Tempest is a “no frills” version with just the plastic and only two sets of markings options. It’s been around for a while now and has garnered a reputation for accurate overall size and shapes. The surface airframe detail is excellent, featuring crisp and restrained panel lines. The mix of raised and recessed screw, rivet, and fastener detail is intricately executed. The surface detail on this kit is jaw-dropping. The ailerons, rudder, and elevators are separate parts and can be positioned as desired. The canopy can also be positioned opened or closed. The full span, single-piece lower wing ensures you will get the correct dihedral. Test fits of the fuselage and wing halves look to be flawless, though some builders have reported a few tricky fits here and there.
The kit cockpit is okay for injection molding, and it features a sufficient level of detail.
Instrument panel details are represented by decals. Scale modelers will be very impressed by the fidelity of detail in the main gear, main gear wells, and tail wheel well and gear doors. You can read the “Dunlop” imprimatur on the main gear tire sidewalls. The structures of the main gear wells appear to be very well represented, only lacking wire bundles or plumbing. The main gear themselves and their retraction cylinders and other struts are very nicely detailed and crisply molded. Further, ejection pin marks are out of the way and won’t be bothering anyone. Other smaller details are to be commended, too, including the exterior lights and very nicely printed decals that represent the straps on the drop tank pylons.
The markings were printed in-house by Eduard. Colors are accurate, vibrant, and in perfect register. Carrier film is fairly thin and quite well restrained. The print fidelity, including for the finest airframe stencils, is very good. I also like the choice of schemes represented here.
Weaknesses: The injection-molded instrument panel is a little basic, and I would recommend using the kit-supplied instrument panel decal. While seatbelts and harnesses are provided, they are in decal form (not your reviewer’s favorite choice for belts). The biggest issue is the lack of tail plate reinforcement parts. Series 1 Tempests had issues with the strength of the tails (some of the earliest airplanes had a propensity for catastrophic structural failure there). Multiple external reinforcement plates were added and largely solved the problem. Along with the protruding cannon barrels, those plates were among the key distinguishing features of the Series 1 aircraft. Plate parts came in the form of photoetched details in the ProfiPACK edition of the kit, but since there are no photoetched details here, no plates are included.