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  1. Hi everyone My mosquito has been put to one side for a little while whilst I'm waiting for some oils to arrive from emodels so I thought I'd make a start on my Hurricane. I've seen some build reviews of the FLY Hurricane so I knew it was going to be a challenge to build but I didn't realise just how much, I think I've managed to break almost every part that I've removed from the sprues, the parts all require alot of clean up and the instructions are very vague at best, but if you want an accurate 1/32 Hurricane then it's the only game in town.....And I want a 1/32 Hurricane. I've made a start on the cockpit and my plan is to build as much as I can before I paint and detail it, it's gonna be a challenge but I think it will look ok once finished (fingers crossed). The Mosquito put safely to one side..It will get finished in due course. This took me about 3 hours tonight and as you can see the detail is very soft as is the plastic. I drilled out all the locating holes in the frame work and once I had it together I've filled the joints with my homebrew plastic filler which will hopefully give the structure some strength. I won't be doing much tomorrow as were off to Launceston for the Christmas market. Cheers all Iain
  2. Hi folk's,more nostalgia for those of a certain age,Matchbox's Hurricane built for the ongoing GB.Again an OOB build no addition's just built the way we used too,the Decal's were usable as it was an eighties boxing but I used some Airfix spare's I will definitely do another in the future in the box scheme. thank's for looking in.
  3. This is Airfix's very nice 1/48th scale Hurricane kit, I really enjoyed this build. I added a few details to the cockpit and gun bay, improved the landing lights by open the structure around them, removed the cowling Dzus fasteners and replaced them with a beading tool, added Brassin wheels, used the Aires exhausts which had to be cut apart and glue back together in the correct place as it has the exhausts are too far apart. Painted with Humbrol enamels and decals from Xtradecal.
  4. Hawker Hurricane IIc

    Hi folk's,laying a marker for later in the GB for the Hurricane,I've had such a great time with the little Spitfire I had to have a Hurricane too as digging around I found some spare decal's if the kit one's are no good £6:99 at King Kit be here in a day or two.
  5. Hi all! Been some time since my last creation, but finally found time to complete this: I built the older version of the kit some time ago, which I thought was pretty good. This has more detail, particularly in the cockpit. Let me know what you guys think!
  6. Another bulk post here. A few fairly quick builds while I mentally prep for the Zvezda PE-2 - the part count of which is making me a little anxious. Looks amazing though... Anyway - here are my 3 last builds. As always - brushes and rattle cans on these. All 1/48. Thanks for looking - all criticism and notes welcome! Bruce 1ST : was Airfix's new tool Hurricane. I wanted to try something a little less standard, and had some decals for this left over from... I think a Hase Hurricane kit. This kit really throws itself together. Real joy to build. I had a nightmare with the yellow band on the nose - which I had to sand down twice and re-do, albeit because I was cack-handed and kept touching the thick layers of yellow spray paint too soon. Chipping on this was done after main paint with Vallejo aluminium paint on a thin brush. 2ND : Eduard's lovely Trop ME109. Off the bat - this was a joy - and I buggered it up at the last moment... Last thing to do was the canopy, which I masked off then confidently hit with a lovely coat of WHITE primer... So - forgive the horrible internal white on this. Was exceptionally annoying after all the work. Panels were primed both white and black before Tamiya's dark yellow went on - slightly breaking up the model. I also tried weathering with undiluted oil paint on this one - the desert colours lent themselves to it. So along major panel lines, and on the flaps for example I blurred in umber and white. Was quite happy with the result, but think it would be harder on a camo aircraft, or anything not yellow for that matter... Decals were lovely. Really liked the chipping on the decals. Lovely touch I thought.. unless of course you aren't trying to build this EXACT plane. 3RDLY : Hasegawa's Ki44 kit. This was actually the version including contra-rotating props. But I elected to go for a normal set. Was a very nice build. No fit issues at all... Markings were all painted on. With masking fluid sponged on before the red went down to emulate wear. The rest of the plane was painted in a combination of Tamiya bare metal silver and titanium. Then I sponged on some vallejo aluminium to try and replicate the patina I saw in some photos...
  7. This is another aircraft that was in the right place at the right time to have been flown by my late father, though in the absence of his logbook I can't know for sure. It's BN173, which was at 71OTU in Ismailia in 1944. I'm grateful to a number of people here who helped out with information and advice, in particular Troy Smith for thoughts about the outboard guns, and John Englsted who provided the aircraft code for this aircraft when it was at 71OTU. I've modelled it in a rather worn condition, given that it had already served with the RAF and SAAF in the Western Desert before it ended up with the OTU. Paints and weathering are LifeColor. I used most of an Eduard photoetched detailing kit, a Squadron vacform canopy, and resin wheels from True Details. The kit decals were mainly inappropriate for this aircraft, and in any case turned out to be very fragile with age, so the markings are from Xtradecal and the airframe stencils from Aviaeology. (Just after I started weathering this model, I found a colour photo of this aircraft when it was with the SAAF, and it was sporting a non-standard camouflage pattern at that time. So unless someone "fixed" the paintwork when it arrived at 71OTU, that's one detail I already know I have wrong. Sigh.)
  8. I couldn't believe my ears

    I had somebody in the shop earlier who was looking for die cast aircraft. He likes Second World War aircraft, and reeled off a list of those he has, and then said 'except the Hurricane. It's a wimps' plane'. As you might imagine, this heresy could not go unanswered, and after gaping at him in disbelief I resisted the temptation to throw him out -obviously I'm in a good mood today- and instead explained politely exactly why the Hurricane was in no way a wimp's plane. I think he has now learned his lesson, and is suitably re-educated -nay, chastened. It was still tempting to bludgeon him with an Airfix 1/48 Hurricane box, however...
  9. Got a couple of the new mould Airfix 1/48 Hurricane's in The Works sale recently and decided to do something "unusual" with one of them. I decided to finish them "au naturel" as if they hadn't been painted, to show the materials used. The main metal areas are Alclad Duraluminum, fabric areas are Vlaajo white with a couple of drops of brown in it to represent undoped linen. Wheelbays and landing gear are Vallejo Aluminium. I hope I've got all this right, I'm sure someone will be along to correct me if not
  10. Here's my 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane Mk IIc built as Karl Kuttlewascher's Intruder aircraft. (I know I haven't added the red doped patches that are commonly illustrated - decided not to and reasoned that this is his machine the day before !) I added Ultracast exhaust , external fuel tanks and wheel wells, Eduard's photoetch belts, Squadron Vac canopy with plastic strip internal structure, brass wire handles, and exhaust glare guards made from brass sheet. Hope you enjoy, Colin Here's my Heard of Hurricanes so far ...
  11. Hi folk's just to show I havn't gone entirely over to 1/32 scale here's a little quick build of another rag wing Hurricane using LF Model's decal's and mask's(code letter's). Built for the Made in Britain GB,nice challenge painting the codes made easy by the well produced mask's,decal's were more challenging as they have a solid carrier film and need cutting out also the underwing roundel's dissintegrated so I hit the spare's box for the nearest match,thanks for looking in.
  12. BBMF Hurricane PZ865 SE-G

    Can anyone pls advise - Looking for 1/32 scale decal set for BBMF Hurricane PZ865 SE-G? I can find it anywhere in the googlesphere. Closest I found so far is this Xtracdecal set on ebay USA. This may be OK but I still need squadron code letters. Cheers! Eric
  13. Mini mojo reviver - 1/72 builds of an Airfix Hurricane from the BoB 75th anniversary set and an Airfix Hunter from a 90s boxing. Both utterly out of the box, umpteen little things that I could have fixed but didn't. Made over a couple of days for the sheer fun of rattling through without overthinking things. Not microsol yet but wanted to upload pics before I pack them away over the weekend
  14. Having been abroad for some time, without time, space, or the usual array of materials to make any models - I was raring to go when I got home. I had bought a few kits online while away, and they were all waiting for me. I wanted to get back on it with a few straightforward OOB builds, but was also hoping to avoid re-doing any schemes I had attempted before. The two kits I decided to crack on with were the new tool Airfix Hurricane (trop) and one of the two Hellcats in Eduard's combo boxing. Both in 1/48. First up the Hurricane. This is a lovely kit, a real joy to put together. There was nothing all to report as far as issues go, aside maybe from the main landing gear's attachment to the gear bays being surprisingly shallow... But that was nothing a night of drying didn't fix. I usually just like rock-solid, deep wheel attachments. I opted for the box's suggested 2nd scheme - the Rhodesian training markings. This would avoid repeating a BoB or similar scheme - which I am a little bored of. This was painted using rattle cans : Tamiya's TS-80 + AS-12, and a Humbrol rattle can of chrome like paint - used for the most shiny panels on the nose. Decals were from the Airfix kit and went down very nicely, and responded wonderfully to some Micro Sol. The only non-OOB part here is the red gun patching, which was excess from the extras box. Weathering was an oil pin-wash of black and brown, some Tamiya weathering pigment brushed for exhaust stains, and a little Humbrol dry pigment for dust on wheels, walk areas and so on... The second kit I decided to go for something altogether more exotic. I had seen a while ago a photo of some very lurid looking Hellcats, which appeared to be bright orange. I did a tiny bit of looking around and found that these were in fact drones used in post-war a-bomb testing... Some photos make them appear alternatively red, orange, or pink. Either due to different paint schemes, fading, or bad photos... I decided to go for a dark orange to hedge my bets. I am aware that this is an early mark Hellcat, and most likely those used post-war would be late, but as above - I just wanted a fun, quick build, using what was in the box... Further to that - the decals are not aftermarket made for the drones, though these do exist. They are extras from previous Corsair and Hellcat builds. But they seemed pretty close on to the photos I saw of drones. To paint the Hellcat I used MOLOTOW rattle cans. These are made for graffiti - and as a result come in myriad colours and shades. Helpful for someone like me without an airbrush or the ability to mix spray paints. The two tones of orange here are Vermillion (darker) and Lobster (lighter). With the tail painted using MOLOTOW Avocado. Weathering was an oil pin wash. The chipping was done by brush painting patches of Valejo paint onto the sprayed primer and dabbing masking fluid on that before the main colours went down. Annoyingly I just noticed that I took these photos before doing the wing-tip lights. They were done (I promise) using wood glue. Thanks for looking - and as ever - any tips, notes, or criticisms most welcome. Bruce
  15. Hi folk's, I had this set of decal's and mask's from a few year's ago and as I'm into a 1/32 groove at the moment not very likely to use them so this GB and just over a fiver for Airfix's great little kit time to go small again,should be fun as the codes need to be painted on.Here's the box and decal's. And the now well known contents.
  16. During my schooldays in the Seventies, I started building the Airfix Superkits and over the next ten years I think I built all of them (apart from the Mossie and Typhoon). Last year I decided to build them all again and started with my favourite - the Stuka (markings were painted): Now I have just completed the Airfix 1/24 Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (14002): A straightforward build. National markings were painted using Montex Super Mask - Hurricane Mk I Airfix (K24018). Aftermarket items used were Airscale Instrument Panel Decals (AS24 HUA), Eduard 1/24 RAF WWII Seatbelts (23005) and the Aviaeology Hawker Hurricane Stencil Decal Set (AOD24S04). Spinner was scratchbuilt. I am now working on the Airfix 1/24 Bf109E but I think I have already run out of room with a Mossie and Typhoon waiting to be built. I may have to move house before building them! Dave
  17. I was in Whitby on the Beach on Saturday and we were overflown by a plane. I've been in Whitby (coincidently) on Armed Forces Day for the past few years and have seen a spitfire fly over a few times. I'm sure this time however, it was a Hurricane. I wasn't able to get any markings from it or a decent photo. It was billed in the press as a Spitfire would fly over. Anyone know why it wasn't a Spitfire this weekend or am I such a numpty that I can't tell them apart?
  18. This is a nice little kit. The Belgian markings offer a nice change of pace to RAF markings and the decals settle down nicely under some Mr Mark decal fluid. I had read of some issues fitting the fuselage to the wing, but some clamping solved any problem there and the fit is actually quite good. I've been buying quite a few of these new Airfix kits and I'm quite pleased with them.
  19. Hi everyone, Here is my Ready For Inspection for this little kit, it has taken me a while to get there but i finally finished the build and I have taken the time to get some decent photos of it. The build thread can be found here and you are more than welcome to go and have a look at it. I decided to pose this in flight so wanted to do something different to the usual hang it from the ceiling with cotton thread, so I made a little vignette base and popped the Hurricane on some acrylic rod. I am quite happy with the end result even though it is far from perfect. The paints used were a combination of xtracrylix and vallejo model air. I use some aftermarket decals from xtraddecal and I used some oils for a pin wash and also some Flory Models grime wash. Anyway that is enough waffle from me here are the photos: 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 4 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 5 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 8 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 10 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 13 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 14 by Neal, on Flickr 1/72 Matchbox Huricane Mk.1 photo 15 by Neal, on Flickr Please feel free to give me your opinion and what could be improved. Thanks for looking. Neal
  20. Great Airfix kit with "Xtradecal" and "Maketar" masks for RAF insignias for Hurricanes. Every opinion,especialy about colors is wellcome.Vallejo color were used. Here are some pictures:
  21. I built what I thought to be one of my best yet, an Airfix 1/72 Hurricane, and was even prepared to show it on here. A final coat of flat varnish and..... It went into a flat spin as it left my fingers. Too low to recover, it smashed into the ground (carpet actually) and bits scattered far and wide from what was the undercarriage. Fatal? Not quite. Cry? Nearly. Swore? Dearly........ Now once I can face it, I will send it back to the MU (workbench) and see if I can repair it...... Ho humm
  22. This is a reconstruction (I have no photos) of a Hurricane that was operated by 135 Sqn. RAF when stationed at Minneriya, Ceylon in 1944. The red spinner was a "retrodiction" from the fact that 135 Sqn. were reported to be painting the prop. bosses of their Thunderbolts with flight colours in late 1944 - red for "A" flight, blue for "B" flight. It seems that report is open to dispute, however, and my red spinner is therefore even more open to dispute (read, probably just plain wrong). I have yet to pass through the grieving process involved in repainting black, however. The drop tanks and Vokes filter are resin add-ons, and the canopy is a Squadron vacuform so that I could build the model with the canopy open.
  23. Hi, It has been some time since I have posted something on this forum. Latest was on a Rufe that is quietly waiting in a box since I moved in beautiful Gloucestershire. Meanwhile, some other kits have found their way to a brand new modelling desk (it is two meter long and already overcrowded) and hopefully will get to the "ready for inspection" area soon enough. So it seems the right time to start thinking of the next built and for now it looks like it will be (based on) Revell Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc in 1/72: This is a pretty nice kit with fine surface details. Internal details are poor but should be enough if one decides to keep the canopy closed.... Will I? According to the comparative analysis made in Cocardes magazine, the wheels' diameter is too big. They would easily be replaced by True detail or CMK offer. Clear parts are thin and lovely. However, based on Cocardes analysis, the shape of the windscreen is not 100% correct. Maybe some of you know a bit more about this? The kit provides also a lot of spare parts that allow you to build a Sea Hurricane or a regular Hurricane, with or without chin-mounted sand filter, long-range external fuel tank, bombs... and this is where my problems start: too many options Finally, two colour options are provided. One nearly completely white (this would be quite a challenge to do) and one in Dark Slate/Dark sea grey. From my point of view, those are quite dull. And all in all, finding an attractive paint scheme for this aircraft is not easy (hope I am not making too many enemies saying that). When you think at the Spitfire, nearly all paint schemes suit her. Now with the Hurricane, it is more difficult to make him look fit / elegant... especially the Mk.II When searching on a well-known model friendly website (where I have spent a lot of money...), I have come across a few colour options I'd like to share with you (maybe you'll have interresting stories about those aircrafts). First is proposed by Avalon. I find that the white identification bands and the white tiger (?) head will highlight the otherwise classic scheme even if it looks a bit "naked" on the fuselage. In addition, I do like the big chin The other options are proposed by Xtradecal. One is a Sea Hurricane where the invasion stripes which definitly add a nice touch compared to Revell's offer The second is also has the D-day stripes and use the long range fuel tanks (I like the stripes). Last one is green and brown with the big chin and white bands. No special markings but quite an elegant scheme (and you know, I like the chin) Luckily, I have still a few weeks before some space is freed on the table and decisions have to be taken. So, will the canopy be open or close (CMK has a lovely offer for the cockpit...)? Will new wheels be installed? Will it has a chin? Will it be fit for carrier operation? Will it wear some D-day stripes? Will it be green/grey or green/brown? Make your guess! Cheers Antoine
  24. I've just completed Italeri's Hurricane Mk I. Loads of improvements, alterations and scratchbuilding, but it's done. Paint is Tamiya's acrylics (custom mix for the dark earth), Mix of kit and IPMS Canada "Canadian Aces" decals, and weathered with oils and pastels. Hope you enjoy ... Colin
  25. This fantastic kit has just fallen onto my workbench & the artwork & "storyline" is as always - very compelling... I can find loads of info about the Hurricane - but nothing about this particular BF109E - does anyone have any extra information - unit / pilot etc... Any help would be most appreciated.