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Clear-Vax set 40: RAF, part 2 (1/48 scale)

1. Gloster Meteor III. Suggested kits: Tamiya Meteor F.1, F.3.

To prepare the Mk 1 kit part A21 for fitting the Clear-Vax canopy, trim away the windscreen base framing. Some trimming will also be necessary where the rear section fits. The rear section includes the head armour with built-in rearview windows. Part A20 will need its top cut off to fit this piece. Note on the drawing the canopy rails which need to be added from thin strips of plasticard. Note also the framing where the windscreen fits to the fuselage; this is best represented with adhesive foil or tape.
Suggested references: Meteor In Action No.152 (Squadron/Signal); 'The Gloster Meteor' by Shacklady (McDonalds).
2. Hawker Hurricane (unarmoured windscreen, early external armourglass windscreen, standard armourglass windscreen). Suggested kit: Hasegawa Hurricane Mk.1.

The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit items, and are designed for display in the open position. The unarmoured windscreen was fitted to most pre-war Hurricanes. The external amourglass windscreen was retrofitted to most of the early Hurricanes with fabric-covered wings. The internal armourglass windscreen was standard for all subsequent production.
Suggested references: Hurricane In Action No.72 (Squadron/Signal); Aerodetail No.12; MAP Plan Pack 3015 (Argus Specialist Publications); Replic No.76.
3. De Havilland Mosquito FBVI (bulged type). Suggested kit: Tamiya Mosquito FBVI.

The Clear-Vax canopy directly replaces the kit item. Most late-model Mosquito FBVI aircraft used this canopy. Check your references carefully. Add a windscreen wiper from heat-stretched sprue or wire.
Suggested references: Mosquito In Action No.139 (Squadron/Signal); Aerodetail No.23.
4. Bristol Bulldog. Suggested kit: Lindberg Bulldog.

The Clear-Vax windscreen directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Data Plan No.2, Granger (Taurus Press); Scale Aviation Modeller, April 1992.
5. Hawker Fury. Suggested kit: Lindberg Fury.

The Clear-Vax windscreen directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 1993; Scale Aviation Modeller International, August 1997.
6. Hawker Hunter. Suggested kits: Academy Hunter family.

The Clear-Vax canopy is intended for display in the open position. Note that there is no frame on the rear of the sliding section, and that the frame on the front of the sliding section is internal. Note also that canopy rails will need to be fabricated and added on top of the cockpit sills.
Suggested references: Aeroguide 9 (Linewrights); Famous Aircraft of the World: Hawker Hunter (Bunrin-do); Replic 75 & 85; Scale Aviation Modeller International, October 1997.
7. Avro Lancaster (late style bomb-aimer's window). Suggested kit: Tamiya Lancaster.

The Clear-Vax window replaces kit part F23. The majority of late-model Lancasters used this window. Some were fitted with two small round frames as shown in the drawing; add these if required.
Suggested references: Lancaster In Action No.52 (Squadron/Signal); Aerodata International 'Bombers of WWII' vol.1.
8. Bristol Beaufighter (early & late style canopies). Suggested kit: Tamiya Beaufighter.

The Clear-Vax canopies directly replace the kit items. The rear sections have been supplied in complete form in order to be displayed open. The drawing on the left shows the late-style canopy; the early-style canopy is on the right. If you are fitting the early-style pilot's canopy, note that some detail changes need to be made, most notably that of changing the tailplanes from dihedral to horizontal angle.
Suggested references: Beaufighter In Action No.153 (Squadron/Signal); Scale Aviation Modeller International Sept/Oct 1997; Replic 71 & 82.
9. Hawker Tempest Mk.V. Suggested kit: Eduard Tempest V.

The Clear-Vax canopy is intended for display in the open position.
Suggested references: Tempest In Action No.102 (Squadron/Signal); Replic 70; Scale Aircraft Modelling, December 1997.
10. BAC Lightning. Suggested kits: Airfix Lightning family.

The Clear-Vax canopy is intended for display in the open position.
Suggested references: Replic 81; Scale Aviation Modeller International February 1998 & June 1999; Scale Aircraft Modelling August 1998.
11. Fairey Flycatcher. Suggested kit: Lindberg Flycatcher.

The Clear-Vax windscreen directly replaces the kit item.
Suggested references: Planes No.8, summer 1983; Scale Aircraft Modelling, January 1988.

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