Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 Airfix 1/48 part-3


Completion (roughly)

Finally, it was completed (roughly) on the last day of Heisei. Actually, I wanted to add 3D-printed rocket launchers. These are the next step. Anyway, it completed in almost one year. Scratchbuilt windscreen and slide hoods, and the landing gear of 3D printing have been tough works, but I am very much satisfied. Even in pictures below, the image of the canopy is completely different from the original kit. The aluminum plate is also shiny.

Rocket launcher

3D parts are trial printed and data are corrected. The basic shape is the same as Seafire 47, but in Sea Fury the front and rear launchers are connected by the rod. Due to the characteristics of 3D printers, it is better to replace them with plastic sticks rather than 3D printing. The shape and size are traced from the actual photo, so it should not be so different.

Rocket launchers are printed out and glued. According to the historical photos, launcher is painted in Sky even when there is in the black and white band. The rod connecting the front and rear is made of 0.8mm plastic rod. They are glued to the wing with wood bond so that I can remove it if I change my mind. The drop tank is also attached with double-sided tape. Finally, my Sea Fury is finished completely.

Print out. This may be the best output direction. The stacking marks are not noticeable when painted.

They are glued on the wing and washed. The perfectly same shape and size is the merit of 3D printing. This is not the case with manual work.

Rocket launcher data file download

Completed photo

I took pictures outside on a sunny summer day. The blue tone becomes stronger when photos are taken under the blue sky. Considering the effect that the real aircraft was photographed a little blueish under the blue sky, I painted my model in a little bluish gray. SO, when this model is photograped under the blue sky, it looks more blueish. This is natural. Well, I adjust their color balance using a PC image software. Anyway, I feel Sea Fury is a tough, massive and cool aircraft.

Tempest Mk.II side view drawings

  • According to the manual, Tempest II has a total length of 34'5"and a total width of 41'.

  • Main wing route code: 9'0.5", incidence: 1.0°, Dihedral: 0°, 5.5°, Stabilizer incidence: -0.5°, Horizontal fin chord: 4'8", Horizontal fin span 13'9"

  • it can be inferred that the cowling itself is the same as Sea Fury by superimposing photos. The positions of the firewall are the same. Also, the outline on the bottom of the rear fuselage almost coincide.

  • However, the main wing mounting position is high and the incidence is also different. The horizontal position of the wing is also slightly backward. The reason is guessed that the main spar is integrated with the fire wall in Sea Fury, but the main spar of Tempest is connected to the steel pipe frame with mounting bracket, so the fire wall and the main girder is misaligned.

  • As for the main wing incidence, this may be the result of the increased down thrust angle against the main wing in order to increase stability and maneuverability at taking off and landing on the flight deck. The cockpit position is probably due to the visibility at the time of landing as well.

  • The windscreen has a different mounting height, but the angle is the same (the rear frame is perpendicular to the thrust line). Slide hoods have different mounting angles. However, both have the same relationship with the fuselage, and it is assumed that the cross section of the Sea Fury's fuselage was designed to be the same.

  • Tempest's horizontal tail fin is quite thick. This is because the basic design may be common with Typhoon.

Tempest II top view

  • The initial production model does not have air filter inlet louvers at the top of the accessory cowl. The size of the louver is not so accurate. Because I didn't have a good referrence.

  • The plane shape of the horizontal tail and rear fuselage is decided from photos actual aircraft. However, since it is a correction of a photograph from slightly diagonal rather than directly below, it is slightly less accurate.

  • The prototype finless vertical tail is not the same as the typhoon. Some references are incorrect.

  • A comparison of Tempest and Sea Fury is as follows. First, the main wing has many common parts. The outer wing is almost common. In Tempest, the main wing is attached on the side of the fuselage via a metal fitting. As for Sea Fury, left and right wings are integrated and the fuselage rides on them. Therefore, the entire width is narrowed by the fuselage width.

  • Why is the wing leading edge oil cooler arrangement reversed? My expectation is as follows. Tempest is focused on performance when the leading edge tank is full (= attack / interception), Sea Fury is focused on maneuverability of tank empty (when landing). Weight should be put on the side to cancel engine torque.

  • The fuselage plane shape is also slightly different (see the figure below). Tempest has a narrower fire wall. The cockpit width is almost the same. On the other hand, Sea Fury is narrower behind the cockpit.

  • I guess the reason as follows. The Tempest's fire wall width is limited to the width of the liquid-cooled engine. The Sea Fury is designed from the start with an air-cooled engine. So the fuselage is narrowered straight from the engine to the tail.
  • The accuracy of the cross section of the horizontal and vertical tails is not so good. The fin in front of the vertical stabilizer has a reverse curve. It has a cross-sectional shape of a prototype finless tail with thin fins retrofitted.

  • The horizontal tail fin seems to have a section that stretches forward the front part of the horizontal tail of the Typhoon and lengthens the elevator cord.

  • The position and shape of the access panel of the wing leading edge fuel tank are unknown. The figure is an only analogy from the Mk.V type.

Left: Sea Fury, Right: Tempest II. The fuselage width and fuselage plane shape are also slightly different. It can also be seen that the position and the plane shape of the horizontal tail are considerably different.

Tempest II bottom view

  • Tempest II has eight exhaust pipes on the side of the fuselage with a square cross-section (the Sea Fury has nine round cross-sections), and the remaining one is on the bottom of the fuselage. Sorry, the position, size, and shape of the bottom one are not so accurate.

  • There are four rocket launchers. The position is decided from the photos of actual aircraft. Some details of the outer wings are unknown, so they are the same as Sea Fury in my drawings (but I think they are actually almost the same). The navigation lights in Sea Fury is a retractable landing light in Tempest.

  • The detail on the underside of the fuselage is based on the existing Mk.V or Mk.II. The IFF antenna is offset to the port. Mk.II is probably the same as Mk.V (no confirmation). The number of some fasteners is not so accurate.

  • Mk.II very-early production type has protruding gun barrels which is similar to Mk.V early production model. In this case, there is no air intake slit on the top of the fuselage. However, it seems that there is a short barrel without slits (eg MW742, but there is no confirmation because the picture is unclear).

  • A pilot rides on and off from the starboard side in Typhoon with the car door model through Tempest. Why starboard? I guess British cars have starboard drivers seat. And Typhoon is the same way. It turn to the port side at Sea Fury.

  • Elevators (and horizontal stabilizers) are likely to use the same parts on the left and right. At least, the tab operating rod is on the upper surface on the starboard and on the lower surface on the port. The elevator access panel is on the existing aircraft.

Sea Fury canopy drawings

I made canopy drawings for making the wood mold. I hope you use them as a pattern. The developed drawings of the windscreen is shown as simple polyhedrons that is the top curved surface is omitted.

Tempest Mk.V side view

  • The total length of Tempest V is 33'8" (Mk.VI is 33'10.5", the difference is the length of the spinner). Typhoon was 31'11" and Tempest V nose is extended by 21".

  • The rivet lines in the side view are almost elucidated by researching photos of the actual restored aircraft. However, as for the radiator cowl, there are some unknow points around the rear half.

  • By the way, the shape and rivet line of the rear fuselage excluding the tail fin are the same as those of Typhoon, so it is possible to verify the shape by superimposing it with the side view of Typhoon.

  • Tempest V's nose move horizontally along the thrust line from Typhoon's nose. (I guess). Therefore, the height of the fire wall does not change (horizontal positions are different). As the result, the inclination of the top surface of the fuselage in front of the windscreen is gentle in Tempest V rather than Typhoon. But it is not completely horizontal. The top line is slightly bent at the firewall. The same applies to Mk.II. On the other hand, the upper surface line of Typhoon is straight.

  • Propeller diameters are 12'9 "for Sea Fury and Tempest II, and 14'0" for Typhoon and Tempest V. The ground clearance is almost the same.

Tempest Mk.V top and bottom view

  • The initial part of the nose curve is drawn as assuming that it is a perfect circular cross section (= the same curve as the side view).

  • Although not shown in the figure, the initial production type has a pitot tube on the lower surface of the wing.

  • There are some estimates as for rivet lines and the number of fasteners in the wing leading edge tank.

  • The plane shape of the exhaust is not so accurate.
  • The rivet line of the gear cover is decoded from the existing aircraft. It is slightly different from Sea Fury.

  • The position of the inverted T-shaped pitot tube of the early production model is inferred from the photo. Error may be within 5mm. The position of the IFF antenna varies depending on each existing aircraft, but it is unclear which is the correct answer.

Tempest V front view

  • The main wing has a different incidende angle than the Sea Fury, so it looks different in the figure. I think that I don't have to fix this, but I fix it.

  • I guessed the cross-sectional shape of the jaw while looking at the actual aircraft photo. The rear fuselage is based on the photo of the inside fuselage on the actual restoration aircraft. Presumably a vertically symmetric cross section.

  • The cross-sectional shape of the upper cowl and the fuel tank is estimated. I imagined cross section shape changes from a circle at right after the spinner to an ellipse near the windscreen. In the vicinity of the cockpit, the cross-sectional shape is determined so that the front and rear fuselage cross-sections are connected, and the relationship between the windscreen, the slide hood, and the fuselage that are basically the same shape as the Sea Fury.

Next is the contour figure. The top is Tempest II (not Sea Fury), the bottom is Tempest V. The position of drawing each sectional view is different for Sea Fury and Tempest, so be careful when comparing them.

Typhoon side view

  • There are two types of Typhoon horizontal tails. Early type is smaller in the size. The late type (about in the middle of the bubble canopy) is the same as Tempest. Some kits may not distinguish this area. It's difficult to distinguish in photos. One point is the positional relationship with the joint line of the tail.

  • The basic shape and dimensions of the cowl are the same as those of Tempest, but the internal reinforcement and the position and size of the fastener are different. Exhaust pipe fairing is generally not equipped in the car door type but is in the early stage of the bubble canopy type. The exact period is unknown even with the time of introduction of Tempest type tail. (If you know that, please let me know.)

  • Total length: 31'11", Width: 41'7", Airfoil: NACA2219 (root), NACA2213 (tip), Root code: 8'10", Wing thickness ratio: 19.5% (root), 12% (tip, there is other value of 13% depending on the material), Incidence: 0 °, Dihedral: -1 °11', 5 °30', Leading edge sweepback: 4 ° 12 ', Small type horizontal tail: span 13'0", code 4'1.5", incidence -0.5 °, vertical stabilizer offset 0°.

Typhoon top view

  • The plane shape of the main wing and tail wing is illustrated based on data described in the manual. The machine gun position is decided from the photo of the actual aircraft taken from below.

  • Rivet lines are based on the figures in the manual. It is not necessarily confirmed by actual aircraft photos. I think that the basic layout is almost accurate.

Typhoon bottom view

  • Shapes of the gear and wheel cover are based on the side view photo. The rivet is guessed from the photo of the inside of the cover. According to the existing drawings, the late production model has the navigation light on the underside of the fuselage.

  • Rivet lines of the machine gun panel are analogy from the manual. I feel like there are more ribs at the lower wing tip than at the top.

Typhoon early production mode side view

  • According to photos of actual aircraft, there seems to be variations in the door handle.

  • The front window of the card door type is not a type in which the window frame does not come out as in the later model, but a so-called normal window frame.

  • Some aircraft have the fairing in the exhaust pipe. Probably, this fairing may be introduced in the late production of car door model.

  • The protruding ladder mass balance (arc shape when viewed from above) is only for early production model even in car door type. My drawings shows only on the starboard side, but of course the actual aircraft has on both sides.

Typhoon early model front view

  • Main wing incidence : 0°, dihedral : -1°11'(inner wing) 5°30' (outer wing), propeller diameter : 14'0", truck : 13'6.75". These values are described in the official manual.

  • The change of the wing thickness is unknown. In my drawings, it is assumed that the inner wing thickness ratio changes constantly from the root to the wing tip (ie, the upper and lower outlines are straight lines in the single dihedral wing), and then the outer wing is bent.
  • The shape and size of the windscreen is based on the photo taken from the front. The width of the bottom of the windscreen is almost the same as the bubble canopy type. In other words, the width of the cockpit opening is almost the same.

Typhoon early model top view


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No 1 to 17 is for Sea Fury. No 18 and later are for Tempest and Typhoon.

0 Koku-fun Air Combat No.15 - Bunrindo
1 Pilot's Notes for Sea Fury 10 & 11 - Minister of Supply
2 Sea Fury FB Mk.11 Aircraft Servicing And Descriptive Handbook -
3 From The Cockpit No.12 Sea Fury 978-0-946958-73-3 Ad Hoc Publications
4 Hawker Sea Fury in Action Aircraft Number 117 0-89747-267-5 Squadron/Signal Publications
5 Warpaint Series No.16 Hawker Sea Fury - Hall Park Books
6 Hawker Sea Fury In British, Australian, Canadian & Dutch Service 978-1-905414-11-6 Dalrymple & Verdun Publishing
7 The Hawker Sea Fury A Detailed Guide To The Fleet Air Arm's Lase Piston-engine Fighter 978-0-9567198-6-7 Valiant Wings Publishing
8 MDF 4 The Hawker Sea Fury Royal Navy & Export Versions 978-1-906959-40-1 SAM Publications
9 Warbird Tech Volume 37 Hawker Sea Fury 1-58007-063-9 Specialty Press
10 Hawker Sea Fury 2-85882-630-7 Ouest France
11 Hawker Typhoon, Tempest And Sea Fury 1-86126-620-0 Crowood Press
12 Sea Fury, Firefly and Sea Venom In Australian Service 1-875671-05-6 Aerospace Publications
13 Aicraft of the Aces 4 Korean War Aces 1-85532-501-2 Osprey Publishing
14 Air War Over Korea 0-89747-137-7 Squadron/Signal Publications
15 Korean Air War 0-7603-1511-6 Motorbooks International
16 Air War Korea 1950-1953 0-7603-0551-X Motorbooks International
17 Aeroplane Monthly August 2001 - Key Publishing
18 New Edition The Famous Airplane Of The World No.63 Hawker Typhoon / Tempest 978-4-89319-060-4 Bunrin-Do
19 Old Edition The Famous Airplane Of The World No.70 Hawker Typhoon / Tempest 1976/Feb - Bunrin-Do
20 Koku-fun Air Combat No.15 - Bunrin-Do
21 Typhoon IA & IB Aeroplane Sabre II Engine - Air Ministry
22 Pilot's Notes For Typhoon Marks IA and IB - Air Council
23 Pilot's Notes For Tempest II / V - Minister of Supply
24 The Typhoon & Tempest Story 0-85368-878-8 Arms and Armour Press
25 Typhoon / Tempest in action Aircraft Number 102 0-89747-232-2 Squadron/Signal Publication
26 Aircraft of the Aces 27 Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 1-85532-779-1 Osprey
27 Combat Aircraft 86 Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 978-1-84603-974-4 Osprey
28 Combat Aircraft 117 Tempest Squadrons of the RAF 978-1-4728-1454-8 Osprey
29 Warpaint No.5 Hawker Typhoon - Hall Park Books
30 Warpaint No.55 Hawker Tempest Mks.II to VI - Hall Park Books
31 Hawker Typhoon The Combat History 978-1-85310-908-9 Airlife
32 Monografie Lotnicze 94 Hawker Typhoon cz.1 83-7237-151-2 AJ-Press
33 Monografie Lotnicze 95 Hawker Typhoon cz.2 83-7237-159-8 AJ-Press
34 Wydawnictwo Militaria 126 Hawker Typhoon 83-7219-103-4 Wydawnictwo Militaria
35 Hawker Tempest Mks.I,V,II,VI,TT Mks.5,6 80-902559-2-2 4+ Publication
36 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume One 1-903223-40-7 Classic
37 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume Two 978-1-906537-01-2 Classic
38 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume Three 1-903223-60-1 Classic
39 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume Four 1-903223-41-5 Classic


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