1/144 Hawker Tempest Mk.V Kit (Mark 1)

by | May 28, 2023 | Modelling & Kits, 1/144 scale, Aircraft, Hawker Tempest, High Speed Silver, Target Tug

For years F-Toys had been the sole reliable source for a good 1/144 Hawker Tempest kit, but now, Mark I has finally provided a compelling option to the Western markets.

Mark 1 1/144 scale Hawker Tempest Mk.V Kit: A Solid Option

When it comes to selecting a 1/144 scale kit for scale modeling a particular subject, the available options are often limited. However, the recently released Mark 1 Hawker Tempest Mk.V kit, introduced in 2021, emerges as a notable choice, showcasing commendable quality for a short-run kit. In fact, it can be regarded as one of the top contenders within its kit range, if not the very best. For years F-Toys had been the sole reliable source for a good 1/144 Hawker Tempest kit, but now, Mark I has finally provided a compelling option to the Western markets.

Quality and Shape

Upon closer examination, comparing the kit’s shape to various plans, it becomes evident that the Mark 1 Hawker Tempest Mk.V kit captures the essence of the aircraft remarkably well. While the trailing edges of the wings and stabilizers may appear slightly thick, this minor flaw can be easily rectified through some simple sanding. Overall, the quality of the kit’s components holds up well, particularly considering its short run nature.

Fit and Assembly

One of the key concerns with short run kits is the fit of the parts during assembly. However, the Mark 1 Hawker Tempest Mk.V kit pleasantly surprises with its good fit. Even the wing-fuselage joint requires only minimal filling and sanding to achieve a satisfactory result.


For modelers in search of a reliable 1/144 scale kit to depict the Mark 1 Hawker Tempest Mk.V, this offering proves to be a solid choice. With good quality for a short run kit and commendable accuracy in capturing the aircraft’s shape, it presents a promising foundation for a detailed and realistic model. While minor adjustments, such as sanding the trailing edges, may be necessary, the overall fit and assembly process are relatively smooth. Embrace the possibilities this kit offers and bring the Hawker Tempest to life on your modeling workbench.

A Closer Look at photo-etched parts for the 1/144 Mark 1 Hawker Tempest Mk. V kit

In the world of scale modeling, the attention to detail is paramount. Modelers seek to replicate the intricacies of real-life aircraft, striving for perfection in every component. Two prominent photo-etched (PE) frets that I recently had the opportunity to work with, the Shelf Oddity (SO) and Brengun PE frets, showcased different approaches to achieving this level of detail. Join me as we delve into the world of PE frets and explore their unique characteristics.

Shelf Oddity PE Fret

The Shelf Oddity PE fret caught my attention with its unconventional focus on minor details rather than the cockpit. It admirably captured the various roles of the aircraft, such as target towing and ground attack with rocket racks. The quality of the PE parts was top-notch, although they were remarkably tiny and intricate. However, I discovered that the SO PE fret, originally intended for the F-Toys kit, also fit perfectly with the Mark 1 kit, expanding its versatility.

Brengun PE Frets

As expected, the Brengun PE fret delivered the meticulous attention to detail that the brand is known for. This fret provided a detailed cockpit, landing gear parts, antennas, and more. To enhance my model, I also opted for the PE flaps, which fitted flawlessly and were easy to assemble. The resin wheels, while exhibiting some minor imperfections, represented a noticeable improvement to the kit. Notably, the tail wheel stood out as particularly well-crafted, and much more easy to use, than the SO PE tail wheel.


The Shelf Oddity and Brengun PE frets offer unique approaches to capturing the intricate aspects of the aircraft they represent. While the Shelf Oddity focuses on minor details and the versatility of different aircraft roles, the Brengun fret impresses with its comprehensive cockpit and landing gear components.