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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 Poland; 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, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Poland, Ireland). I am excluding the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and even Norway (which seem to have only flown aircraft with RAF markings, but I would love to be corrected). Third stage will be five Axis versions--Romania and Finland as actual operators of the type, plus captured versions from Germany, Italy, and Japan. Along the way, I will be building most marks 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. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for seventy years. I thought that it would be appropriate to model something that has been associated with her for nearly all of that time. The Battle of Britain Memorial flight has taken part in every jubilee flypast: 1977, 2002, 2012 and again this year. Two aircraft have taken part in every flypast: Lancaster PA474 and Hurricane LF363. I like Hurricanes so I thought I would model LF363 but with a difference. I will be building three models depicting the markings it carried in 1977, 2002/2012 and this year. So... three models it is. LF363 is a Hurricane MkIIc, originally built with 20mm cannons. However, it has spent most of its life masquerading as a Mk I with the cannons removed and wearing a Temperate Land Scheme, which it never wore in RAF service, The aircraft was one of the last Hurricanes to be taken into RAF service - some sources state that it was actually the last one. These are the kits that I will be using: Heller, Smer and Mistercraft. They are actually all the same kit!
  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. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. At Wonderland Models we are now stocking a range of Arma Hobby plastic model 1/72 aircraft, including the new Sea Hurricane Kit.
  12. 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:
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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 :-)
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. Hi I've seen plenty of really beautiful done models of Hawker Hurricane on RFI. I would like to share with my not pretending to perfectly duo of Mk I's: a fabric wing by AZ and metal wing by Airfix (1/72) They are rather OOB (EDIT - I later posts I corrected it - actually both were a bit reshaped - and what perhaps important - the Airfix Mk I is mode out of rised lines kit from 70's ), just decals and markings are different. Fabric wing ("Paddy III") is in markings of 73 Squadron RAF in France, pliot Flying Officer Edgar J.Kain (DFC), Rouvres-en-Woevre, France, April 1940 and metal wing is in markings of 303 (Polish) Squadron RAF BOB, end of September 1940, Northolt - with inscription on total score of 303 Sq. - 126 victories in BOB (decals by Techmod). She was used by many pilots of "303", among them fameous Polish ace Jan Zumbach. Regards and comments welcome Jerzy-Wojtek AZ fabric wing: Aifix metal wing:
  21. This build was started back in December but I've been unable to write about it on Britmodeller until now, so here goes with a slightly mammoth catch-up! This build is the first in a long term project I've been researching for some time now - the title of the project is "The planes my Dad fixed!". Let me explain... My father was in the RAF during WWII. He was an electrician and joined up in 1941 and remained in the RAF until demob at the end of 1945. Sadly he died in 1979 when I was 18 so I never got to be able to talk to him as a proper adult. I did, however get him to tell me some stories of what he did during the war. Whenever the atlas or the globe came out it'd be "Dad, show me where you went?" He'd point to Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Egypt India and Burma. When my mother died eralier this year, my brother and I went thorugh all her effects and found a load of stuff about our Dad, including an Xmas dinner menu from December 1943, with 81 Squadron inviting him for Xmas. This piqued my interest so I applied to the RAF to get a copy of his war record. This is quite easy to do - you just need a death certificate (if the subject is deceased) and you need to be next of kin. Thankfully in his effcts we also foudn his demob card which had his service number on so it was very easy to provide identity details to the RAF. It also costs £30 admin fee - well worth it as it turned out! 3 months later I got a large envelope through the post which has a copy of both sides of the paper war record that details his time in the services. From this I was able to see which squadrons he was attached to at various times and from that was able to deduce what aircraft he worked on. Essentially he was in training school until Feb 42 and was then stationed at South Detling, during which time 280 Sqn was present, flying Avro Ansons. From there he was attached to 122 Sqn during 42, 122 Sqn was at that time equipped with Spitfire Vb and Vc, then in October was transferred to 81 Sqn who were at that time in Gib, supporting Operation Torch, the invasion of NW Africa. So that accounted for his travels through Algeria, Tunisia and then eventually to Sicily in later 1943. 81 Sqn was at that time flying Spitfire Vc (trop) and Spitifre IX. Then in November 43, we was transferred to 5 Sqn, then based in India. By sheer coincidence, 81 Sqn itslef was posted to India and ended up just down the road from where 5 Sqn was based at that time (Sampam), which explains the Christmas menu invitation! He was then with 5 Sqn for the rest of the war, initially operating Hurrican IIc and IId in a ground attack role. In early 45, they converted to Thunderbolts. In the training section of my Dad's record is also notations for Mosquito and Lancaster, but I can see no evidence in the record that he ever really worked on them. So that gives me a very interesting selection to choose from. Well to start with I want to do a diorama which includes my Dad at work! In the photo album we have several of him his bush hat and shorts in Burma, so this seems a natural place to start, so here we go with the Hurricane IIc from Revell. I was lucky enough to pick up at the Telford Kitswap as the basis: Its not a terribly complex kit - its major downfall being that it has raised panel lines and it is the Revell bodge job of taking a Hurricane I kit, slappipng a couple of blisters on the upper wing, replacing the machine gun insert with cannon mounts and thats it. The panel lines on the wing are all wrong, the nose is wrong, the tailwheel is wrong... and so it goes on! So to improve the build itself, I invested heavily in aftermarket gear at Telford, picking up several items from Grey Matter Figures such as the cockpit and wheelbay enhancements. here is all the aftermarket stuff I aim to be using: Moving in a clockwise direction: on the black page you can see the cockpit set in the top left and the wheelbays in the bottom right. Next to that is a set of decals for the lettering in the right colours and size for 5 Sqn in India. Below that is a vacform canopy and next is a set of replacement exhausts, then replacement cannons and finally some masks for the canopy. In this one we have replacement radiator, main wheels, tail wheel and undercarriage doors. The next photo shows the main part of this set, the resin replacement nose Of course this is the build that I want to make diorama out of, featuring my dad doing his job as an electrician. So here are the final extras that will be used to create the diorama. In the family photo album, we've got several pictures of my dad from this period and in all of them he's wearing a bush hat, open shirt and shorts. So to get that combination I've got this little lot: Clockwise from the left: Airfix 8th Ary Multipose figures - this will be useful for the lower body, Airfix 1-32 Australian infantry - this will be great for the bush hat and open shirt torso. Next is the 1:32 Aber hand tools set - you'll have seen the 1:48 version of this in my Mohawk build, I suspect that this set will be easier to put together - not so eye-straining! Finally, I will toss in the 1:32 resin accumulator trolly from Iconair. Now I think this will need to have a compressor motor scratch built on the top, but lets cross that bridge when we come to it! So let us begin with the build. One of the first things I noticed was the elevators are cast as one complete piece. Well thats no good if I'm build a parked up machine undergoing maintenance! So I assembled them and then the razor saw came out and they were cut up. The notch that exposes the hinge was cut in and some plastic rod added. Two brackets were also added in the appropriate places to provide the attachment points for later. I also started opening up the fuselage to expose the electrics that my dad would have been working on: which also shows the elevators in an earlier stage of construction. Since the plastic of the fuselage is quite thick I chamfered the edges to thin the visible skin: I've been researching the internal layout of the fuselage so I can scratch build what will be visible behind these panels. Follow this link to the IWM collections to see the sort of thing I will be aiming to achieve, although not with the wellies!
  22. Inspired by Alpha Delta 201's excellent rendition and kind encouragement, I decided to make my second Britmodeller build J.B. Nicolson VC's Mk1 Hawker Hurricane G-NA. The kit was Airfix's old-tool Mk.1, from their "V.C. Icons" boxing. GN-A was a significant aircraft, being the 'plane in which Flight Lieutenant Nicolson won the only Battle of Britain Victoria Cross and Fighter Command's only VC of the war, an exploit described in the following extract: Air Ministry, 15 November 1940. The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned officer in recognition of most conspicuous bravery : Flight Lieutenant James Brindley NICOLSON (39329) No. 249 Squadron. During an engagement with the enemy near Southampton on 16th August 1940, Flight Lieutenant Nicolson's aircraft was hit by four cannon shells, two of which wounded him whilst another set fire to the gravity tank. When about to abandon his aircraft owing to flames in the cockpit he sighted an enemy fighter. This he attacked and shot down, although as a result of staying in his burning aircraft he sustained serious burns to his hands, face, neck and legs. Flight Lieutenant Nicolson has always displayed great enthusiasm for air fighting and this incident shows that he possesses courage and determination of a high order. By continuing to engage the enemy after he had been wounded and his aircraft set on fire, he displayed exceptional gallantry and disregard for the safety of his own life. Unfortunately Wing Commander Nicolson did not survive the war. For more on his career see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Brindley_Nicolson As a build it was pleasant and uncomplicated and it came out looking quite like a Hurricane to my eyes, which is the main thing! Although not really a scratchbuilder by inclination, I was nonetheless moved to do some fairly rudimentary, impressionistic (and now completely invisible) cockpit detailing, put in a cockpit floor to fill the gaping void which would otherwise have been visible through the wheel-wells, and cobble together a pitot tube and a foot stirrup (the latter being made out of a twist of picture wire.) I also had another go at weathering with a combination of dark washes and silver paint on the leading edges, which were then overpainted with some gaps to simulate chipping/flaking. I also tried to do some exhaust staining, which I think was slightly more successful. My painting still leaves something to be desired, though, and I *very* swiftly regretted forgetting to mask-off the cockpit canopy before I sprayed-on the varnish...
  23. Hello all, I just found out that the New tool Airfix Hurricane MK. I is out and I was wondering if anyone had spruce shots for those of us just starting to look into it? Also if you are building it, the flaws that are with the kit. Thanks. Included I have put the British site for the kit and the American British http://www.airfix.com/shop/aircraft/a02067-hawker-hurricane-mki-early-172 American http://hornbyamerica.com/products/hawker-hurricane-mki-early
  24. I am busy doing a MK 1. To save a lot of bother I ordered the following PE (because I broke the dash) It has a lot of good detail but the service door is painted Teal (if that what you can call the green) Its a million miles away from anything close to a Hurricane cockpit colour. Here is a picture (not the same green) Its more like Should I not bother using the PE Part? I was think of using some Maskol to re-spray the green,but I think that the detail is too fine. Any suggestions?
  25. Well here it goes...After what seems like a life time I finally have my man cave finished and its time to start something new for me and thats to finish a model. For my first foray into a WIP I have chosen the fab Italeri Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 depicting a 247 sqn machine, Flown by Sqn Ldr Bod Stanford Tuck, late 1940. I intend to use the Aires cockpit set, Brengun wheels, Sky models decals and all paints will be Tamiya acrylics thinned using Tamiya thinners. This is going to be my first build for a very long time, but I hope with comments, pearls of wisdom and snippets of information from you guys I WILL get it finished. So First off the obligatory Kit and accessories shot. I hope to make a start on her to night and I'll post regular updates as I go. Cheers gents and see you soon Woodster
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