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INTRO Consider this Hurricane 1/72 to be my first kit. Comments and criticism are *welcome* My goal is to try techniques that I can use later for a personally-meaningful Ventura 1/48. This is my place to try and fail and fix HISTORICAL PLANE I am building this 127 Squadron RCAF Hurricane Mk.XII, C/N 1080, serial 5655, code 1-Z, named "Kitchener." School children from Kitchener, ON raised $25,000 to help pay for the plane. In 1943, 127 Squadron in Dartmouth, NS was regularly flying Hurricanes over to 34 OTU Pennfield, NB to cooperate with crews who were training on Ventura bombers. On Aug. 21, 1943 P/O Paul Piche belly-landed his Hurricane at Pennfield Ridge, NB when he forgot to lower the landing gear. Can you believe that he'd started his career as a flight instructor? I plan to model this crash as the meeting of a plane and a pilot in a place. Within six days, the plane was flying again. A year later on Sept 18, 1944, the plane crashed again. It was moved into storage, then sold off in June, 1946 with 715:00 airframe hours. HISTORICAL PILOT LPE "Paul" Piche was a Quebecer who moved to New London, Connecticut when he was 13. During the Depression, he married, fathered several girls, worked at a theatre and managed a gas station. In Dec. 1940 aged 30, he enlisted with the RCAF in Montreal. At 5'7 and 139 pounds the blue-eyed, fair-skinned Piche was summed up by the recruiter as follows: "Does not appear to be very rugged type." In Piche's favour, he had nearly 400 hours of flying experience. However, he also had a $11,000 debt from buying a 4-seater plane. Perhaps a Stinson or Fairchild. Asked for his plan after the war, he wrote "keep on flying." Piche trained as a flight instructor and performed those duties until Summer 1943 when he earned a commission and moved to 127 Squadron to fly Hurricanes. After the wheels-up landing at Pennfield, he was uninjured and soon flying again. In 1944 he followed 127 Squadron to the UK where it transformed into 443 Squadron, flying Spitfires. Piche died in October 1944 when his Auster took a 25mm shell to the exhaust manifold. He'd drifted over enemy lines in Venray, Netherlands while ferrying a pilot to pick up a Spitfire. CHOICES I bought the AZModel MK.IID limited run kit (OK it was the wrong kit for an XII but I'll make the best of it... I was clueless at the time) I'm geared up for Vallejo Model Air acrylics and an airbrush. (I've practised already -- great fun) So far I've spent a lot of time cleaning parts on the sprues. With no pegs and holes or guiding ridges, and pretty sparse instructions, this is definitely not a beginner kit. Ah well. I'm feeling very Zen about it. I'm a bit confused about some of the parts. I'll post about it later. My wife is taking a stab at 3D modelling the propeller replacement and the front of the engine you'd see without the spinner. We'll see how that goes.
To round out my Battle of Britain movie builds, I just had to have a Hurricane. So, I'm modifying an old Hobbycraft Hurricane Mk IIc into a Canadian produced Mk XII, with a lot of scratchbuilding, detail parts from a scrapped Ark Hurricane Mk 1, and various parts from the spare parts bin. It will be * F, H3422 flown by Christopher Plummer in the opening airfield staffing scene. ... the rest of the fleet, just awaiting weathering ... Hey, you have to get your inspiration somewhere, don't you? Colin