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  1. They certainly are. Since posting yesterday, I've been busy assembling the cockpit for the Hurricane but before I started the cockpit I decided to thin the front area of the cowling and to hollow out the scoops on the nose. I feel that this adds a level of finesse to a Hurricane model. I did this by gently and carefully carving and scraping the inside of each fuselage half till I got it as thin as I dared. Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Once the prop is in place I think it looks good. Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Next job was to clean up and assemble the cockpit parts. This expert set comes with some beautifully crafted photo etch. I decided to paint the main instrument panel on the fret but all the other parts were carefully removed from the fret and glued into positon. Some detail needed to be carefully removed from the kit parts in some cases. The only parts I didn't use were the rudder pedals. The instructions were a bit vague on where to cut off the plastic parts and the plastic was acceptable so I'll keep the etch for another kit. Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr The kit instrument Panel was on the thick side and my experience is that due to how thick it can get when the etch is sandwiched together with it, a lot of sanding of the kit parts is required. I decided the kit instrument panel was too good to waste so made a new one and will use the kit one on an old Airfix Hurricane I want to build. Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr All parts were then painted in alclad black primer ready for some colour to be added. Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr cockpit floor primed by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Arma Hobby Hurricane by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Due to the nature of the Hurricane, The cockpit on the real thing is a mass of framing, wires, pipes and cables and I feel that Arma have provided enough to make it look sufficiently busy. Next job is to glue the wing and paint the interior. Thanks for looking, Mark
  2. Wheel Wells I decided to start with the wheel wells. The location pins for the sides of part 20 are too big to fit into the holes in Part 21 so I made the holes bigger until it fitted perfectly. The photo below shows the part after modification. As I was using the etched part, I had to remove all the detail from the top of the wheel well. The kit detail is nice though even if you choose no to use the etch or have the Junior set without the etch. After I scraped off all the detail, I drilled out the large protrusion in the centre of the wheel bay as this is a shield for a coolant pipe I believe so I could add the pipe which goes through a hole in the wing spar. Despite being armed with photos of the wheel well and an Airfix Hurricane I’d already worked on, I managed to drill the whole in the wrong place not once but twice! I filled in the erroneous holes with stretched sprue. the cross members (Parts 23 and 24) needed a but of clean up and fettleing to get into position but look ok once in place. I’m quite pleased with how this turned out and makes a nice addition to an already detailed kit part. Next up is the cockpit while I’m painting the wheel well. Thanks for looking, Mark
  3. I have been eagerly anticipating the Arma Hobby Hurricane since it was announced and have done a combined order with a friend of mine to get an expert kit and some overtrees. I also stocked up on Hurricne I decals as now this kit has been released, I can now do all the Hurricanes I ever wanted to. Unfortunately the Hurricanes were delivered to my friends house the day after I went up to see him and haven’t had the chance to revisit him so I did the only logical thing. I ordered another one! This arrived on Monday and it went straight to the top of the stack. Hopefully I can get it built for the Huddersfield Halifax show next month. I’ll be painting it up as P3119 which is an all black Hurricane serving with 87 Sqn with the code VY X at Gravesend late 1940 and will be using the excellent Aviaeology decals from the Vital Storm Early Hurricanes collection part 1. Lets take a look at what’s in the box. Box Art. Main sprue. Small Sprue Clear Sprue Decals, Etch and Masks I’m really impressed by this kit and think it must be the best 1:72 metal wing Hurricane I out there. Time to offload my Alleycat Metal Wing Hurricane conversion for the Airfix kit as I won’t need it....... It has some lovely detail. Correct shape wheel wells and a decently shaped canopy and windscreen. Probably the best available in this scale so far. There are also plenty of options as well with this kit. Choices of prop and spinner as well as a tropical filter. I can’t wait to get started.....
  4. Thanks for sharing this pic Chris, I was looking for a photo of how the ring sight was fitted in the cockpit and hadn't found anything. This picture shows it nicely. I'd not noticed early windscreens had a curved edge so this this thread has been really useful. Would I be right in thinking that an armoured glass could be fitted to an early windscreen with the curved lower edge? Also was the armour fitted externally to the windscreen or could it vary like on the Spitfire where it it started off internally but then internal on later marks? Thanks, Mark
  5. Thanks Troy, I think I will continue making masks for the letters so they match the photo and will ignore the serial numbers. I'll probably try and make it look like the roundel has been over painted with the red and blue one. Looking at the photo it looks like the code letters might be partially covering the area where the yellow on the roundel has been painted out. Regards, Mark
  6. I have a question about fabric wing Hurricane L1768 as shown on Xtradecal sheet X72193 Pictures borrowed from this thread........ When comparing the photo below with the decals and illustration below it looks different. The letters look a bit skinnier on the decal sheet and I can't see a serial number painted on the side of the fuselage and the roundel is different. I'm guessing that the decal sheet represents the aircraft later in its career when the roundel was repainted to the small red and blue one. I'm thinking of making some masks to make the letters more like the photo but before I do that, I was wondering if they could have been repainted to look more like the picture above. Thanks in advance, Mark
  7. Lovely looking Lightning. Thanks for sharing. Mark
  8. Nice colour scheme and execution along with an entertaining back story. Something you don't see every day. Thanks for sharing, Mark
  9. FZ6

    1/32 Revell GR4 Tornado

    Fantastic looking Tornado and one of my favourite schemes too. I didn't realise decals for these markings were available in this scale... Thanks for sharing, Mark
  10. Looking good so far Tony, I have a few of these I'm waiting to arrive and can't wait to get my hands on them. Regards, Mark
  11. Hi Troy, Sorry for the delay in replying to this post. I've dug out one of my canopy sets today and test fitted it to my Airfix Hurricane. You get two canopies in the set, an open one in two separate parts and a closed one. Ive cut both out and test fitted to the model as shown below. They are only roughly placed on the model and should fit better when tidied up and although they are an improvement over the kit parts, I don't think the framing is as low as it it is on the real thing but hopefully the pictures will help you decide. Airfix Hurricane Canopy Closed by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Airfix Hurricane Canopy Open by Mark Maclean, on Flickr Regards, Mark
  12. FZ6

    HK Lancaster ?.

    I didn’t realise Rails stocked them. I could just pop down the road and get one.
  13. Looking good so far. I have the Airfix kit and can send you a scan of the decal placement instructions for the stencils. Regards, Mark
  14. That looks fantastic. I bought this kit last month and have the Armoury and Brengun accessories for it. From doing some test fitting, I can appreciate the work involved in creating this masterpiece. Thanks for sharing, Mark