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Article by Paul Nortness

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a very unique project as companies from three different countries took part in designing it. The twin engine, multirole Typhoon is in service in 6 different countries including Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia. The aircraft can carry a wide array of both air to air and air to ground ordnance. The Eurofighter is so fast; it even beat seven time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher in a race!

Revell of Germany released their big scale Eurofighter shortly after Trumpeter released a single and two seat version. While the Trumpeter kit boasts more surface detail, the Revell version is widely regarded as the more accurate of the two.

As mentioned earlier, the surface detail is somewhat lacking. It is nicely done, but there just is not enough detail. I would suggest finding a good blueprint or line drawing of the Typhoon and getting out the scribing tools to give the aircraft a more realistic appearance. The APU exhaust on the port side of the fuselage is very poor and needs to be reworked. You can either drill this out and scratch build a new exhaust, or use a very nice resin replacement from Two Mikes for $9.00.

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When I first saw the cockpit pieces I was shocked at how little detail they have. However, as I continued my research I found pictures of the cockpit and they are indeed uncluttered. Based on my research, it appears that Revell captured the look of the cockpits very nicely. The decal sheet includes decals for the instrument panel to simulate the MFD screens powered up. It actually makes for a pretty cool looking panel.

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Oddly enough, the kit only includes air to air weaponry. The Eurofighter is an amazing multirole aircraft, it seems such a shame to not include some air to ground ordnance as well. What you do get is 4 Meteor missiles, 4 AMRAAM missiles, 2 Sidewinders, 2 IRIS-T missiles and 2 ASRAAM missiles in case you wish to build a RAF version. While the kit weapons are fine, I still can't believe there are no mud movers in here. Luckily, Paveways aren't terribly difficult to find and I have a decent size armory built up from other kits so bombing up the Typhoon shouldn't be too difficult. But wait, there's more. Revell also missed the inner weapons pylons. I am going to assume these were not included because they are primarily air to ground stations. Never fear, Two Mikes to the rescue again! For $15.00, you can purchase their very nice resin pylons. This is not required for the build, but recommended if you wish to build an air to ground version.

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Taking a chapter from the book of Trumpeter, Revell has also included a full engine. But don't worry, they haven't gone completely "Engine Crazy". Also included is a nifty little cart that allows you to display the engine as if it were pulled out for maintenance. If you opt to build the kit with the engine displayed, Revell has made it easy to cut out the access hatch underneath the fuselage. The result is a very cool start to a diorama. One thing about displaying the engine, when an aircraft is undergoing maintenance it will never be loaded with live ordnance. Just bear that in mind if you choose to build the engine out in a diorama.

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The decals look great. The large sheet gives you options for three different aircraft, two German Air Force and one Royal Air Force plane. The sheet also includes all the data markings that appear on the aircraft, "No Step", etc. The decals have nice color and are all in perfect registry. If you are not a fan of the markings provided, there are a few aftermarket decal sheets available for the Typhoon as well. Just make sure you do your research if you use an aftermarket sheet and you should be fine.

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The clear parts look nice. While not as thin as Trumpeter's canopies, it is fine. There is a rather nasty looking seam running down the middle of both the canopy and front wind screen. It looks like it will take a pretty good buffing with an emery board to get out.

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Yes, you saw that right. The Revell Eurofighter Typhoon has 129 steps to complete. This is a very complex model and not for the faint of heart. This kit was purchased for $54.00 and it is a steal, especially when you consider the Trumpeter version cost more than double that. Granted, the kit could use some aftermarket parts but even then you are still well under $100.00. I recommend this kit to experienced modelers who enjoy a challenge and have some patience.

Have fun and happy modeling!

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