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Unpainted Tempest Vs

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Was reading the "Data Base" article in Aeroplane on the Hawker Tempest & it mentioned that several unpainted versions of the Tempest Mk V were delivered to 501 Sq when they converted to the type from Spits in Aug '44. The article said the unpainted versions were about 5mph faster & this enabled 501 to intercept & down some V-1s over the Channel. There were no pics with the article of unpainted Mk Vs & the only pics of unpainted (or silver dope painted) Tempests I know of are of post war. Anyone have, or know where I might find pics or a profile of an unpainted Mk V flown by 501 during Aug/Sep '44? Thanks in advance.

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afspret:

Check out "The Hawker Typhoon and Tempest" by Francis K. Mason. There is a colour profile of EJ533 coded SD*R. Natural metal finish with black spinner. Codes appear to black as well.One photo in the book, but unfortunately the entire sqn's pilots are standing in front of it.

Alvin5182

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This is the image from the above mentioned book. I have trawled through all my Tempest refs and found zilch for un-painted Tempest from No. 501 Sq.

Temp1001.jpg

Chris

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Thanks ya'll, I have to 1/72 Mk Vs in my stash (Academy & Revell) & now I can do one each in camo & unpainted.

A couple of other things, did these unpainted a/c have the fuselage band & if so would it still be sky or another color & would they have the yellow on the wing leading edges?

I also checked on Amazon & Barnes & Noble for the book, but its a little out of my price range right now, as the price ranges from $173 to $63.

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afspret:

The Mason Book on the Typhoon and Tempest is being sold on ARC by Sukoi in todays want ads. $35.00 US! Well worth the money.

Alvin5182

Oh yeah and no tail band on the natural metal finished Tempests of 501 Sqn.

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