The string of Eurofighter special schemes continues. This particular one is from 41 Squadron RAF, noting the 100th anniversary of the group’s first flight. It flew in these markings in 2015. Xtradecal put the decal on X72233, an assembly of special markings (others include multiple Tornados, Chinook, and a Hawk T1, which I am also building at present).
You’ll have to excuse me – I’ve built so many Eurofighters by this point that I can’t definitively remember which kit this is. I believe it is the HobbyBoss version, chosen primarily because it was the only one I hadn’t built yet. There was nothing wrong with the building experience, but except for the upcoming Italian anniversary Typhoons, I think I will stick with the most-current Revell tooling. Excellent buildability and a decent price.
As I said, the building of the HobbyBoss kit went along without incident. There were seams around the intakes and some on the lower wing that needed attention, but any other problems were self inflicted. I’ve never had a problem with Xtradecals, so all went well there.
I’ve now completed 11 Eurofighters, all but 3 in anniversary markings. Next come some non-RAF examples, specifically Italian AF specials and Luftwaffe specials. I am somewhat surprised that I’ve seen so few of this type on model show tables. Maybe I’ve just been looking at the wrong show videos, but they are very thin on the ground, and when they do turn up, it tends to be in (IMO boring) standard squadron markings.
This is completed aircraft #487 (4 aircraft, 0 ordnance, 1 vehicle for the year 2018), finished in April of 2018.