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  1. I'm embarking on a project with the goal of representing a Hawker Hurricane in the markings of each Allied country that did not use more-or-less standard UK markings. First stage of this goal will be to represent a Hurricane with markings from every continent. Probably as follows: Africa: Egypt; Asia: Iran; Australia; Europe: Yugoslavia; North America: USA (actually RN plane, but US markings in Operation Torch); South America: Argentina. Second stage will be to complete the rest (mostly other European markings--e.g., Soviet Union, Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Ireland). I am excluding the UK, Canada, South Africa, India, New Zealand, and even Greece and Norway (which seem to have only flown aircraft with RAF markings, but I would love to be corrected); as well as Germany, Italy, and Japan (which did fly captured versions). Along the way, I will be building most types and many different kit brands, although I have no particular goals in this regard. I will post a photo of all my kits once I get them. Since this is an ambitious goal given the pace at which I build models, they will almost all be OOB and there will be minimal weathering and other detailing. The point will be have fun and produce interesting Hurricanes!
  2. This was my first GB entry ever, a Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb built for the Fancy French GB. It's also part of my Hawker Hurricanes around the world project--the first instalment of the second phase, which is to represent Hurricanes in non-UK, Allied markings. I used the Fly Mk IIb kit, which was expensive and has its issues (mostly related to the camo call-outs, decals, etc. (@Troy Smith has much to say in this regard!), but in the end I was quite happy with it and how it came together. I did borrow a spinner from an Arma kit and replaced some of the decals with Print Scale. I kept the WIP separate from the larger project, so it is here: This is the plane I was modeling: And here is my version in b&w: And, now, in colour!
  3. I am in the middle of a project I am calling "Hawker Hurricanes around the world." I've divided this project into three phases. In phase one I modeled one Hawker Hurricane in markings from each of Australia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I am now into phase two, which is to model Hurricanes in the markings of every other Allied nation that flew them, except for the RAF and those that wore RAF markings (e.g., Canada and New Zealand). Here is the WIP: As part of phase two I am modeling a Free French Hawker Hurricane, and I put off starting it until this week so that I could join my first Group Build! I went back and forth between whether this would be an Mk I or an Mk IIb, but have settled on BG707, an Mk IIb. I will be using this Fly kit. There is some controversy over the camo scheme and markings this Hurc is wearing, but I intend to use the standard dark earth/middle stone over azure blue, and will figure out the markings later!
  4. Here is instalment one from my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project--WIP here: This is the Arma Hawker Hurricane Mk I/trop kit late/post war version of the only Hurricane that served in Australia. I found the kit challenging in places (e.g., cockpit, propeller/spinner, nav lights), but in other ways it is a real beauty (I was especially impressed with the decals). I have another three Arma Mk Is in my stash so I'm hoping I can take some lessons learned from this one and apply them to those.
  5. Stage one of my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project is to model a Hawker Hurricane in markings from each continent, and I'm two thirds done that (Australia, North America, South America, Europe), with Asia and Africa getting close. Spontaneously this weekend, however, I decided to see if I could complete a model in 24 hours, so at 19:00 on Saturday I opened up an Airfix Mk. I ragwing kit to model the Hawker test plane G-AFKX. This is a bit of a departure from my actual project but somewhat fits the theme, and I had G-AFKX decals left over from my recently completed AZ Mk. I kit (which I modeled as Poland). G-AFKX has an interesting history, but I'll leave that to others (lots of info on here and elsewhere). This is the only photo of it as a test aircraft that I'm aware of: Note that it is a bit of a "cobble"; for example: early-style exhaust stacks, later-style lower fuselage strake, Rotol prop (with no yellow tips), no antenna mast, later-style rear wheel, apparently early-style pitot (not visible here, so can't confirm that), and no guns. All of this makes it interesting to model. It was used among other things to test a variety of props, so it also had the two-blade Watts, etc. (again feel free to Google or check out the WIP thread for some details). Most excitingly to me, I've read that the fastest speed ever recorded in a Hawker Hurricane was 345 mph in this plane. So, what we have here is the fastest Hawker Hurricane modeled in (personal) record time! Sacrifices had to be made to complete in 24 hours, but certainly I had a complete model by 19:00 on Sunday, and here she is! First some, b&ws to compare to above. And now some colour pics: This is all OOB except that I had to use an Arma Mk I Rotol prop and spinner. Unfortunately I couldn't get this together perfectly, which is why it is sitting awkwardly. The awkward look is somewhat consistent with how it looked on most Hurricanes, but in G-AFKX's case apparently the nose was modified such that it sat flush. I suppose you can say I modeled it before they modified the nose but after they started testing the Rotol (that's my story, anyway). I filled the gun and ejector ports (could have done this better as you may note) to reflect the lack of armament, but made no modifications to the upper wing. I'm not sure what this would have looked like anyway without guns, but interesting to think about. A few spots could use touch-ups of some sort or another (e.g., I got some silver paint on the port tire, the rear tire could use a splash of matt clear coat), and I may still do these, but for now I am leaving it as is consistent with the spirit of the 24 hour completion goal. The biggest disappointment for me is that in the last half hour as I applied the handful of decals I was using, the G-AFKX on the starboard side disintegrated on me. Poland's decals were nice enough, and these are from the same sheet, so it may have been a consequence of me moving too fast, but I also think these AZ decals are a bit thin and fragile (this was my experience with Argentina from the AZ Mk IV kit). The decal ripped on the port side too, but I think I fixed it fine. Anyway, obviously this was really unfortunate, and if I was only going to have one decal, I wish I had got it onto the starboard side to match the historic photo! If anyone happens to have spare 1/72 G-AFKX decals they want to share or sell for a reasonable price please let me know! I would love to fix this, but don't want to fork out for a whole new sheet of decals (such as this: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ILD72013). Here is the sad, bare, starboard side:
  6. This week I completed my sixth and final instalment of phase one of my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project. WIP is here: Phase one involved completing a Hurricane in markings from a country from each continent. The final entry of this phase is from Africa, represented by a Royal Egyptian Air Force unarmed Mk IIc used postwar for meteorological work. The marking decals are from an AZ kit, but the model is actually an Arma Mk IIc. As many know, the Arma kits are very nice (with Mk IIs even better than the Mk Is), although not without their challenges. AZ and others call for desert camo on the REAF Hurricanes as I have gone with here, but I am actually persuaded that it is more likely they wore DFS with Sky spinner and fuselage band. Nonetheless, stuck with desert camo and white spinner/band because I had started it before being persuaded it might be wrong! This is Tamiya acrylics up top (XF52 and XF59) and Vallejo acrylic azure blue underneath, with a variety of oil, enamel, and acrylic washes used to weather, especially on the underside. This is the original plane, apparently with some special meteorological equipment installed up top behind the cockpit, which I declined to attempt to replicate. I did, however, make an attempt at replicating the photo: This REAF Mk IIc joined the representatives from the other five continents for family photos (clockwise from top left): Australia (Arma Mk I); South America (Argentina, AZ Mk IV); Africa; North America (USA, Airfix Mk XII); Europe (Poland, AZ Mk I); and Asia (Iran Legato Mk IIc). They are actually very difficult to photograph altogether on a cell phone, much like a real family, I suppose, but here are two more attempts: Here are individual photos of the other five and their RFIs: These are the six kits I used: Finally, I threw together an Airfix Mk I as Hawker test plane G-AFKX as a "civilian interlude" while completing the six above: Up next is phase two, the rest of the non-RAF Allies-marked Hurricanes, so stay tuned! Thanks for looking (if you made it this far)!
  7. As the fifth instalment of my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project, this is Asia's representative, a Mk IIc/trop of the Imperial Iranian Air Force. Iran received Hawker Hurricanes during the war, but I understand that this (2-13) is one of the ones received in 1946 and used as a trainer (which makes sense given its lack of armament). I used the Legato Mk IIc kit, OOB, with decals from Kitsworld (actually the spinner and prop on this are from an Arma kit, but I'm using the Legato one on the Arma kit, so it was just a trade). Tamiya acrylics on top, Vallejo azure blue underneath, and a variety of minimal weathering techniques used (panel liner, acrylic wash, oil exhaust stains, etc.). Here are some group photos with representatives clockwise from top left: North America (USA, Airfix Mk XII); "civilian interlude" (Hawker's test plane G-AFKX, Airfix Mk I fabric wing); Europe (Poland, AZ Mk I fabric wing); Asia (Iran, Legato Mk IIc); South America (Argentina, AZ Mk IV); and Australia (Arma Mk I metal wing). I have to finish Egypt (Arma Mk IIc) and then phase one of the project, representing a Hawker Hurricane in markings from every continent, will be done!
  8. As my fourth instalment of my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project, and my first representative from Europe, here is a Polish Air Force Hawker Hurricane Mk. I. Poland's initial order of Hurricanes was shipped in summer of 1939, but were much too late to enter service. The only documented serial number I have seen for one of these Hurricanes is L2048, so I am assuming the L2045 on mine is an error and should have been L2048. But, I suppose it is also possible that one of the Polish Hurricanes was L2045 (in which case it later ended up in RAF service, because I have seen a photo of L2045 in France in 1940). Regardless, I am unaware of any photos of any of the Hurricanes in Polish Air Force markings--whether L2048, L2045, or otherwise--so mostly this is based on assumptions. @GrzeM was able to let me know the documents indicate a three-blade prop, which was helpful because I was going to use a Watts two-blade! This is the AZ model Mk. I early kit, which proved the most challenging kits of the four I have now built (Arma Mk. I; Airfix Mk. XII; AZ Mk. IV). It does have the Polish Air Force decals (and also Yugoslav and Italian which I am excited to use!), which was the main reason I bought it. Believe it or not I spent more on this kit (with shipping) than any of the other 20 Hawker Hurricane kits I've bought (even Arma's Expert sets!). In the end, I stole parts from Airfix (prop and spinner, windscreen, carburetor intake, UC doors, rear wheel, decals), Arma (canopy, 5-spoke wheels), Fly (exhaust stacks), and another AZ kit (the Mk IId's landing lights) to make this come together. Frankly, after all of that, I'm happy with how it turned out! Incidentally, while completing this I celebrated my one year anniversary of adulthood modeling! Here are photos of my first four Hurricanes altogether representing North America (USA - Airfix Mk XII [actually Royal Navy, but US markings for Operation Torch]); Europe (Poland); Australia (Arma Mk I); and South America (Argentina - AZ Mk IV). WIP for the project is here: And other RFIs:
  9. Instalment one of my "Hawker Hurricanes around the world" project was Australia. This the WIP thread for this project. The initial phase is to represent a Hurricane in markings from each continent. Here is my second completed Hurricane, an Mk XII from Operation Torch. Although technically a Royal Navy plane, I am counting this as my representative from North America since she wore USA markings. I used the Airfix club kit with the Swordfish for this one and really enjoyed working with it. All brush painted with Tamiya acrylics; I went for some relatively heavy weathering using a variety of techniques and am fairly pleased with the result. My goal with my project is to finish Hurricanes relatively quickly (ultimately I intend to build over 20!) so not taking too much time to detail, etc. Hope you enjoy! Here is the original, crashed in northern Algeria, likely near Oran. And, finally, here she is beside Australia:
  10. Hello Everyone Adi here . . . I wanted to make a Snowy Base for the Finnish AF Hawker Hurricane which I just completed. To make the base I use Plywood and cover this with acrylic putty. I use baking powder to sprinkle the base for the Snow Effect. I make trees using wooden kitchen skewers and single strand wire. For the branches I used dried grass as I did not have access to Woodland Scenics Sea Foam. I make my own flocking using a sponge and I churn it in the mixer. I make two different shades of green. I spray the trees with diluted PVA Glue and sprinkle these trees with baking powder for the snow. The whole base was completed in a Day using basic and simple steps . . . Best Adi
  11. This model was supposed to be a relaxing work, but it's not like that. Quite a complex and poor model to work with. It can be seen that the company is new on the market and that it still needs a lot of work to reach the level of better and higher quality companies. Here is picture.
  12. So if you managed to join me over in my post for the SB 2M, I told you that I had also completed a Hawker Hurricane and would be completing a separate build thread - so here goes. As the title suggests, I decided to go a bit off piste with the Hurricane and rather than build as the usual RAF machine, decided to mix things up a bit and go for the Belgian scheme within the box. I'm really glad I did as the all silver underside and the black, yellow and red of the Belgian Air Force roundels really makes it pop. This is the Mk 1 (2 bladed prop) boxing of the Airfix Hurricane and unlike some of the trials and tribulations I had with the SB 2M Bomber, I can happily say that this was a joy to put together with no fit issues and probably the most solid undercarriage of any aircraft kit I've ever built. Build is OOB with the addition of seat belts, wing tip lights and aerial wire just to add an extra few realistic touches. Painted with Tamiya for the RAF Dark Green and Mr Hobby Aqueous for the Dark Earth with the usual pin wash and pigments etc to add some weathering to blend everything together. Again photo heavy - sorry - can never decide what to leave in and what to take out!! Hope you enjoy and feefback is always appreciated from BM's modelling greats. Thanks Kris
  13. The Hillson FH40 Slip Wing Hawker Hurricane is finished and ready for your inspection and comments. I would Like to thank A BIG THANK YOU those off this forum who have helped me with there knowledge. Thank you for looking.
  14. Hello Everybody ... Thought I would pop in and build Revell’s Hurricane IIB as a lend-lease to the Soviet Union. I plan on doing this one in winter distemper over the RAF colors. It should look like this if I succeed. The upper profile is something like what im going for. Though to be honest the Artillery spotting two seater is making me consider that option as well. Anyone have any info on the Two seater that might sway me ? Specifically looking for a line drawing or interior photos of the rear observers seat? Also Im looking for any info concerning the RS-82 rockets seen on the white-washed hurricane ? Work wont start for about a week. Im still involved in 4 other group builds with 5 aircraft currently. A couple of those will be done in the next week so that will free up the time needed. My thanks to the Host(s) for letting me join. Questions, comments, or jokes ? Dennis
  15. Hi everyone I'd like to show you my 1/48 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk1. Pinterest.com The model still needs some shoulder harnesses plus it needs a rear view mirror, these will be added in due course. The Airfix kit builds up into a pleasing representation of the classic RAF fighter and it will look good in my cabinet. Any comments are always welcome. Cheers Iain
  16. Now a little thematic from the Yugoslav territories. The model is old, but I was satisfied with the final result. Here are the pictures, enjoy.
  17. At Wonderland Models we are now stocking a range of Arma Hobby plastic model 1/72 aircraft, including the new Sea Hurricane Kit.
  18. This is the new tool Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I in 56 Sqn markings as an alternative to those supplied in the kit. I pre-shaded and post-shaded and then wondered why none of my pots of Dark Earth matched the colour on the model when I tried to paint the antenna that I had left off until late in the build to avoid breaking it off. Lesson learned to paint it at the same time as doing the main camo scheme so the colours match:
  19. Another model from about a year ago, more eye candy for the select audience of British subjects Here comes the Hurricane (Or, as friend Patrice Roman said, a "Pacific Hurricane" A very nice, inexpensive, well-detailed Academy kit that assembles quite well, with decals that are already in the market, so no need to reinvent the wheel this time. An exciting departure one may say from the dull versions seen already to the point of indigestion. For you heretics of the 1/48th sect, there is a Hasegawa kit -that has a few mistakes, though, check against photos. Beware that this racer went through many changes, look at photos for details, like different exhausts, antenna, decoration, race number, mirror or not on the canopy, and so forth. I used the wonderful Lifelike Decals Hurricane Pt.1 set, but taking only what I needed to create the first appearance of the plane, without race numbers, with only one "the last of the many" legends on one side, and a slightly different position -according to photos- of the wing registrations. I added a rear-view mirror and a metal ring on the carb intake, again following photos. A truly enjoyable kit, a very nice and well-behaved set of decals, a superb-looking civilized subject: modeling paradise. What do you do to relax? I read J. L. Borges, listen to baroque and contemporary music, watch British TV shows (Masterpiece Mysteries, among many), and Fellini's DVDs...and I build models. And to relax of building models? I build more models. There is a surprising quantity of after-market sets for this kit that you can use to spice-up your build, like spinners, props, wheels, photo-etched galore, etc. I will ignore them all, since I want to keep things simple this time. Did you know that this very plane was entered by Princess Margaret for racing purposes? Or that it was the last Hurricane ever built? Or that the English term "Hurricane" derives from Spanish "Huracán", that in turn derives from Caribbean native language "Hura-Kan", which means "Heart of Heaven", and was also the name of the god of storms? Now you do.
  20. For my entry in this group build, I had to literally head into my wardrobe for this one . First off, the customary 'before we get started' picture. After a few evenings of work, here is where I stand: Some paint on the kit detail and a few PE extras to make the detail pop.
  21. Here are some shots of my recent Hurricane conversion. The base kit was a clear-moulded 1/144 Mk I from Sweet with lengthened nose, and scratchbuilt prop, spinner, canopy, cannons and later style exhausts etc etc. Painting is with Mr Color lacquers and weathered with oils and Pergamino .5mm pale grey pencil. Hope you like it!
  22. Hi folks. More than once in going on the six decades I've been kicking around, I've been described as 'a frustrated journalist'. Fair comment I guess and as that love of investigation and writing fits well with a passion for uniting bits of plastic, metal and resin, I've decided to kick off a modelling blog. I really dislike the term 'blog'; whoever coined it could've come up with something infinitely loss prosaic, that suggests more a nasal blockage than a personal journal but there we are. The inaugural article covers a subject that assumed unexpected importance just two short years ago - the revelation that Nick's Hurricane wore a 'Red Devil' artwork when he was shot down on August 16, 1940. You're cordially invited to re-trace those steps and the many twists and turns along the way: Apologies - link withdrawn. Steve :-)
  23. After almost 2 months of building I've finally finished off my latest model. The Airfix new tool Hurricane mk 1 in AASF markings (kit supplied) VY-C based in France. I can't say this was some of my best work and the kit had a few issues that needed to be dealt with, notably all the filling and cleanup involved with mating the wing halves and joining them to the fuselage. Still despite all the complications (including a fair few mishaps caused by myself) I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. The model was airbrushed with Tamiya acrylics and Vallejo Metal colour acrylics. I used a set of Eduard PE generic RAF early harnesses as the only aftermarket bits. A fair amount of scratch built detail was added to the cockpit including a new instrument panel and gunsight, unfortunately I can't really photograph this unless I invest in an endoscopic camera Link to the WIP thread here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234999978-172-airfix-hurricane-mk1-bof-markings/ Thanks for viewing
  24. Hello everyone! This is my first post on Britmodeller after a long time lurking. I just finished my my first model in ten or so years, feels good to be back with the paint and glue! So, the model. I made _a lot_ of rookie mistakes, especially which the paint (did not stir the matte coat, and had to redo it several times before I understand what was wrong…) But I am pretty pleased with the result anyway. It is an Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1. Not a lot of details, but the fit was OK. Brush painted with Humbrol Enamels. The antenna that’s way too thick is stretched sprue. Base made from scratch with a flowerpot saucer and putty. Thank you for looking! Regards, Johan
  25. Hello lads, I'm new to this forum and this is my first model build ever, I hope you like it. As a newbie, any suggestion or comment will be gladly received.
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