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  1. This is my second entry, my Spitfire build can be found here. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986185-148-airfix-new-tool-spitfire-mki-x4382-from-no602-squadron/ I chose P3039, a Gloster build Hurricane Mk.I from No 229 Squadron. This aircraft had most likely the national marking painted in pre-war colours as was commen with Gloster build Hurricanes – and I love the name "BéBé" Pilot Officer Ortmans gave his mount. According to Hurricane Aces 1939-40, the aircraft was delivered on 12 of July to No 229 Squadron and Belgian pilot Ortmans using it to destroy a He 111 on 27 September 1940 and damaged another and damaged a Ju 88 on 18 October. The aircraft was passed on to No.312 Squadron in November 1940 and remained on strength with them until they re-equipped wit Mk.IIs in the spring of 1941, after which it was relegated to training duties with No 56 and No 55 OTU. P3039 was finally written off whilst flying with the latter unit on 27 May 1943. I am using the new tool Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I kit together with a Yahu instrument panel and HGW Sutton harness with markings from AeroMaster Battle of Britain Hurricanes set 48-079 X48143 for this build. Like most new tool Airfix kits, it is a very nice with lots of details, but suffers from very thick wing trailing edges which is unfortunately common with all the new tool kits I have seen. But the cockpit looks great OOB and gives a busy feel with all the tubing. The only thing I am not sure about is this gap from cockpit to undercarriage bay. Was this the case on the real aircraft? A very noticeable hallmark on the Hurricane are the openings of the landing lights in the wing leading edges with their open construction. I feel Airfix could have done better and represent this part of the aircraft in more detail like they done with the cockpit structure. I tried to represent the busy feel of the openings. I used a part from the gun bay structure as I don’t open them up and scratch build the rest. I am pleased how it turned out and when it is covered with some thin clear plastic sheet (like on the real thing) it hopefully looks it apart. Oh yes, and I did a lot of scraping to reduce the wing trailing edges from 1mm to around 0.3mm, looking much better. Should have some paint on the model soon. I appreciate any comments, suggestions and productive criticism which assist my build. Many thanks for watching. Cheers, Peter
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