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Graham Davies 316/06/2020 21:50:23
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Thanks to the utterly inspiring build threads from some hugely talented builders, I will shortly be joining in. I will shortly be taking delivery of a Tempest kit. I hope I can do it justice.


Bob Cotsford16/06/2020 23:04:12
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WR Tempest? Is that a pre-owned kit or have I missed something?

Graham R16/06/2020 23:34:51
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A Tempest!!!!

Robert Hay 417/06/2020 00:17:46
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Can only repeat what Bob said, is this happening?

McG 696917/06/2020 07:52:49
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... the boys might have been missing their Haribos for some time?

... and only the Great Flyer Up There knows what can happen then... surprise



DaveyP17/06/2020 09:08:14
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What ? a Warbirds Tempest where, I'd rather have one of them than a mustang...……..

leccyflyer17/06/2020 09:38:33
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Guessing that this might be a pre-production beta test build?

Graham Davies 317/06/2020 11:07:31
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Sorry guys, I left you with half a story! Here's what happened...

I was following one of the Warbirds Replica build blogs and Richard posted that he had a few Spitfire MKiX kits available. As I've always felt that a chap should own a Jaguar and a Spitfire at least once in his life, I wrote to him and asked him to talk me out of it...

Richard was fantastically helpful and has offered me an 'introduction to warbirds' such that I can ease myself into things without spending ages building a beautiful model that I can't fly. So what I now have in my possession is a basic kit for a foam wing Tempest as Richard's advice is that this will produce the most 'sport model' flying experience and will be a perfect stepping stone to one of the full-fat kits.

I have to say, this is service above and beyond any expectations! I have the full resources of the designer, and all this that have built these fabulous models at my disposal.

If I'm able, I will document the build.


Peter Jenkins17/06/2020 12:44:11
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Well done Graham and well done Richard. I am also on my first warbird kit, albeit a Top Flite one, and have found different ways of building it from that in the instructions. I suspect that comes from having started off with having to build a model as there were no ready made ones in the early 60s, until Keil Kraft introduced their RTF Hurricane control liner. There are still times though where being able to post a video on this forum would be helpful as opposed to sticking in a link to a YouTube site.

Ace18/06/2020 10:01:02
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Arrr very true, Richard is a really nice bloke ----- but a Tempest surprise So 1/2 a story has become 3/4, I can't recall ever seeing one?

Graham Davies 318/06/2020 10:12:55
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Here's the picture that Richard used to hook me in!


RICHARD WILLS18/06/2020 14:48:35
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The one in the picture was the second design Tempest we sold back in the year 2000 . It was actually quite semi scale but looked the part .
Graham wanted something tough/ light and quick to build so that he could get use to flying warbirds .

The three main hurdles being , No wheels to help orientation, Camo to make it worse , and landing with delicate retracts ,

This model will start as fixed U/C , graduate to "No U/C and then have retracts fitted as its final variant ,

It will be an interesting build and may show us how many people are into Hawkers hot interceptor .


Bob Cotsford18/06/2020 15:57:32
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any more 'old stock' lying about Richard?

Ron Gray18/06/2020 17:11:47
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Too true, Hurricanes gathering dust somewhere????

Gary Clark 118/06/2020 18:47:33
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Being the considerate modeller that I am Richard, I would happily trade you a kit for some cash so that it's not cluttering your place wink 2

Peter Miller18/06/2020 18:52:27
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I have a numbered Kestrel print by Kieth Aspinall, "The Calm Before the Storm"Which shows Wing Commander Roland Beaumont's Tempest signed by Beaumont himself.

An aircraft not often featured in art prints

RICHARD WILLS19/06/2020 09:07:15
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Lets see how this simplified Tempest thread goes in terms of interest . The recent swing toward electric power makes a close to scale Tempest a very practical proposition . The fact that movable ballast in the form of the battery can be placed well forward and the ability of electric motors to turn four blade props, means that a proper 55" or even 63" Tempest is practical . The layout is great , Wide stance and lots of cooling makes it winning choice .

Graham Davies 319/06/2020 09:43:16
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Extra wood is all ordered. I have a day off today so I'm going to clear the workbench and start the dry fit.

Does anyone else get stupidly excited starting a new build?


Graham R19/06/2020 09:49:58
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A 63" Tempest would be purrrrfect. Proper Job

Ron Gray19/06/2020 09:55:22
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63" yes

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