The Tempest Mk.II was the last radial engine fighter aeroplane to have been introduced to service with the RAF. The type had been developed for the planned attack against Japan in the closing stages of the war. But using the atomic bombs by the Americans meant an end to those plans and the Tempest Mk.II was deployed in a couple of post-war era conflicts instead. Bearing RAF colours, it fought the China-backed Malayan communist insurgents in the 1950s. They also fought in the Indo-Pakistani wars.
Our model of the Tempest Mk.II has been prepared in cooperation with Eduard. It contains eight styrene sprues including two clear parts sprues. The kit is topped up with a handful of resin items – resin undercarriage wheels, a partial replica of the engine with the covering panels, plus the necessary photo etches and painting masks. The decal sheet offers markings for five schemes – three as flown with the RAF, two of which are camouflaged and one in aluminium overall, then we have a Pakistani camouflaged machine and an Indian one in aluminium lacquer finish.