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  1. I am about to start a Hurricane so |I thought I would start this thread. The Spitfire thread I started seems to be a melting pot where we all share and learn...first (stupid question)....I hope people find this helpful...doh!
  2. It's probably 3 years since I last made a model so I suppose this is a mini-return to the hobby! The background to this is that my dad was stationed with 233 OCU at RAF Pembrey during his time in the RAF in the 1950s. I had a plan to make models of the aircraft operated by the OCU but that plan expanded a bit to include other aircraft operated from Pembrey. Progress stalled somewhat, then my dad sadly passed away earlier this year and, in an attempt to distract myself, I resumed work on this which I started way back in September last year. 316 Squadron was the last of the Polish squadrons created in Britain during WWII and become operational at Pembrey on 15th February1941 with the Hurricane Mk.I. After a bit of research, P3100 caught my attention. On 26th May 1941 it was being flown by Sgt. Pawel Piotr Gallus. On take-off it seems he was a bit keen retracting the undercarriage resulting in the prop striking the ground and shortening the blades by 4 inches. Sgt. Gallus failed to notice and went on to conduct his planned 90 minute sortie over the sea, only discovering what had happened after landing back at Pembrey! Despite a further hair-raising incident (after transferring to 7 Squadron at Colerne for night-flying training on a training flight he collided with another Hurricane in the pitch dark when the light in a Turbinlite Havoc failed to ignite, both Hurricane pilots bailed out) I'm pleased to say Gallus survived the war (by then a Warrant Officer), got married and lived in Northampton until his death on 19th April 2011. Anyway, this is my model of P3100. It's the lovely new(ish) Airfix 1/48 Mk.I. I'm sure you've seen the ICM figures a million times before but I found a photo of a 316 Squadron Hurricane with a couple of 316 Squadron personnel - one wearing a peaked cap and another with an Irvin flying jacket, so they seemed appropriate! I couldn't find a 1/48 trolley acc so had to scratch build this one. It's not 100% accurate but I'm happy enough with it. And, as a tribute to the man himself, Sgt. Pawel Piotr Gallus, All the best, Mark UPDATE- finished fettling this at last. Added chocks, parachute and dog's ball!
  3. Source: https://www.facebook.com/ArmaHobby/posts/3462056447158021 Considering it'll be most probably a WWII period a/c and in 1/72nd this will be uninteresting to me... My (Polish) wishes - 1/48th plastic kits from: TS-8 Bies, TS-11 Iskra & PZL-130 Orlik. V.P.
  4. In the Czech Modelforum it's mentioned that after the 1/48th MiG-21, Spitfire and Bf.109 families, Eduard has as long term project the North American P-51 Mustang in the same scale (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234974169-148-north-american-p-51-mustang-family-long-term-project-by-eduard/). But as another possible project, the Eduard's Boss, M. Sulc, has also mentioned the Hawker Hurricane! Maybe more news at the yearly Eduard's Novemberfest 2015. Wait and see. Source: http://www.modelforum.cz/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=68170&start=5865 Strange considering Airfix is working on a new tool 1/48th Hawker Hurricane kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234972972-airfix-148-hurricane-mk1/). If not a Hurri then another British subject Mr Sulc? Like a Hawker Tempest or a family of Griffon powered (Mk.XIV...) Spitfire by example... V.P.
  5. Guys, question for you all. I’m building a Hurricane Mk. I kit right now, and I need to know what color the wingtip lights were. From various pictures I’ve found online, I’m getting conflicting info. I recently completed a Tamiya Spitfire Mk. I kit and its kit instructions said blue on the port side light, red on the starboard. This kit’s instructions don’t give specific instructions (Airfix 1/48 scale kit); instead they have some color illustrations (for showing decal placement) which give conflicting depictions! Some show green on starboard side, red on port, others vice versa! (Don’t get me started on Airfix “quality control”). So which is it? Anyone seen the real deal up close and can tell me? Thanks in advance.
  6. I welcome everyone with another craft - Hurricane Mk.2C from Hawker. Arma Hobby set in the Expert Set version. If not for a couple of shortcomings, it could be called a recreational set. Perhaps the most unpleasant thing about the set is the canopy; its thickness is very unpleasant even for the closed position. In the open position, again due to the thickness of the canopy, the manufacturer made a cut on the gargrot so that this very canopy could be seated. Therefore, we had to adapt the vacuum canopy from Rob Taurus, remove the selection on the gargrot, and simultaneously develop its complex shape. In addition to the canopy, additional elements were installed with resin exhaust pipes from Quickboost and brass machine gun barrels from Master. To the best of our ability, the design of the landing lights was refined - the ones in the kit are a bit rough, the rear pillar is also made in a rough way, some rods were added - on the keel, in the radiator scoops, and other little things. In general, the Arma kit is one of the best that I have ever owned, there is a lot of external detailing, impressively done, but it required more care, especially when riveting the model. Prototype - pilot Michael Rook, Algeria, December 1942. Enjoy watching, and I apologize for the automatic translation.
  7. HobbyBoss is to release in late November 2022 a 1/48th Hawker Hurricane Mk.I kit - ref. 81777 Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=216 Box art V.P.
  8. Hello. When my 1/24 scale FW190 build hit a snag (should be recoverable), I didn't want to stop building - so I embarked on the classic Airfix 1/24 Scale Hawker Hurricane. One of my all time favourite aircraft. I originally built this kit as an over excited prepubescent kid during the 1970's and of course, as delighted as I was with it, it obviously looked like it had been built by an over excited prepubescent kid - with little glue control, his sisters nail sanders and over sized paint brushes. This time I hoped to do it more justice. The subject of my build is P3803 of 501 Squadron. This aircraft was lost off the coast near Ramsgate on 12th August 1940 with F/O Kazimierz Lukaszewicz (Polish) at the controls. Sadly neither he nor his aircraft were ever found. The build is mostly out of the box - except for the Yahu Instrument Panel, Barracuda Studios Resin tyres, and RB Productions Sutton Harness. The decals were to my own design and printed by https://www.custom-model-decals.com/. All paints and varnishes are Vallejo. One modification I did make was to the (in my opinion) over-sized nose. After looking at different options I eventually stuffed it with milliput and then sanded it down to reduce the base diameter by a small margin. As you can tell... I'm not a photographer! I am pleased with how it has turned out. As with all models there are a few places I think could do with more work - but in reality I think I'm going to call this one done. Maybe time to get back to the FW190 . Thanks for looking.
  9. I offer these pair of RAF fighters for inspection. I bought them a couple years ago in an Aldi store for about £4 a piece including the acrylic paints and brush.. Starter Kits ! They were fun to make and my partner ,who is a teacher ,uses them for children as part of VE Day celebrations. The kids do drawings of them and use the planes to get their cammo schemes something like the original! the decals are quite thick and I painted then too thick.. but hey they amused me and they get to inspire some lively and creative minds!
  10. Okay folks. This is going to be a combined WIP with my good friend and neighbour Shoey. Shoey's grandfather Ron Gibson (Papa) flew the MkIIc in Burma with 11 Squadron. Ron served with distinction in Burma flying his "Buccaneer" Hurribomber all year round (even through the monsoon season) and survived the conflict earning a D.F.C. R.H. Gibson D.F.C. now lives quietly in Adelaide South Australia....a very much loved and admired member of his family. For this build I am making a Revell 1:72 Burma Hurricane (I actually had one in the stash before knowing the story) with modified markings to depict exactly Ron's aircraft. Shoey is going to add something different. Being an RC enthusiast he is going to finish a full flying version of his grandfathers aircraft again with modified markings. The basic plane is built but together we're going for some extra authenticity with some of the paint finishes, weathering and panel lines So that's it. It's a two for one deal (one small static plastic one and one huge composite flying version).......and we both hope to do Ron justice with our efforts. More to come soon..... I think I have model envy already Ha Ha!
  11. 404175609_10161127860529437_7868004904093265327_n by Evan Bailly, on Flickr Prior to WWII, Romania found itself reeling against an expansionist Soviet Union and reached out to anyone willing to help stem the growing tide of Communism in Eastern Europe. Both England and Germany were keen to oblige, they were equally opposed to Communist expansion and eager for defense exports. Without a viable domestic fighter, in 1939 the Royal Romanian Air Force ordered 50 each of what were then considered the best available fighters from both of these suitors: the Messerschmitt Bf.109E and the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I The Romanian 7th Grupul Vanatoare (Fighter Group) is quite possibly the only single unit to have been equipped with Hurricanes and Bf.109s as standard at the same time. The Messerschmitts were assigned to the group’s 57th Squadron, emblazoned with a Donald Duck mascot, and the Hurricanes went to the group’s 53rd Squadron, a Mickey Mouse mascot presiding. Only 12 Hurricanes arrived from England before Romania officially joined the Axis powers in late 1939, but the squadron was filled out with Yugoslavian Hurricanes after the invasion of that country. The Messerschmitts were similarly slow to arrive, only about a dozen had arrived by the time the invasion of Poland delayed exports from Germany. However, all 50 of the Bf.109E-3a fighters had been delivered by the time the 7th Group was set to participate in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR in 1941. In what Romania called “the Crusade Against Communism” both the Emils and Hurricanes proved successful, both types racked up kills over the Eastern Front’s southern sector. Both these small fleets would last for more than two years, in 1943 the Bf.109Es would start to be replaced by new G models and the Hurricanes would phase out in favor of Romania’s only domestic fighter of the war: the IAR 80. 404002660_10161127860494437_8518800263754336755_n by Evan Bailly, on Flickr My models, both in 1/72 scale, are Arma’s excellent Hurricane Mk.I and Tamiya’s expectedly pleasant Bf.109E-3. Both were built largely from the box, a few bits of photoetch such as seatbelts and some scratch details like fine wire brake lines found their way into the builds. Both utilized aftermarket decal sets, the Hurricane’s from Kits World, and the Emil’s from Print Scale. Oddly, the latter did not include the prominent Donald Duck mascots, so I ended up buying a kit from AZ that did have them, I plan on using that kit to build a Yugoslavian Emil in the future. Paints on both are mostly AK real colors, and both kits built beautifully and without any fuss. 404024915_10161127860574437_7291387672055969402_n by Evan Bailly, on Flickr 403986709_10161127860584437_6310463299883284104_n by Evan Bailly, on Flickr
  12. What seems like eons ago, I completed a kit - a Mistercraft Albatros, during August. I was left with an empty space in front of me. I thought what's new, likely to be a decent fitting kit, that I can exorcise the prolems I had with the Mistercraft Albatros (and the Mistercraft Sopwith Camel before that)? I went to the stash, my hand reached out, and picked the new-ish Arma Hobby 1.72 Hurricane IIb/c. I thought - yes! This is likely to actually fit in all those important areas! It comes with Etch and masks! And I'd bought a Yahu seat and seatbelt set. And Master cannon barrels. This can't go wrong, surely? Painting started the kit, on the sprues. That went well. Then I put the wheel well together, and dry fitted it to the wings. Result - the wheel well parts were too big for the wings to fit together.. I had to cut some of the wheel well walls off, and sand the rest to within an inch of its life to get the wings to fit. Then dry fitting the wings to the fuselage; that didn't fit too well, either. The rest of the kit has gone together nicely, but that darn wheel well/wings/fuselage fit - plenty of sanding and filler needed. Oh well, it's over now, painting went well, tamiya and humbrol rattle cans for the medium sky grey and dark earth/dark green. I chose the pacific area livery as I hadn't done one before. The livery is a Hurricane IIc, from 34 Squadron SEAC Dergaeon, in Spring 1944. This was actually a most extraordinary Hurricane; the only 5 cannon Hurricane in existence. Okay, it's a 5 cannon hurricane because one of the master gun barrels went into the hole I'd prepared in the wing and carried on into the wing itself. So every time I pick it up, the kit rattles. I ended up buying another set of master gun barrels to finish the kit with a fourth barrel! Decals went on fine, but given I'd been on this model for 3 months I decided to give the stencils a miss. Will I try another arma hobby kit? Yes, now that I know there could be fit problems, so I'll be on guard, so to speak. Here are the photos, you will be able to judge for yourselves how bad a job I did, or conversely, how well I overcame difficulties !!
  13. AZmodel is to (re?)release a 1/72nd Hawker Hurricane Mk.IID kit - ref. AZ7594 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/208070375871052/photos/a.208144655863624.54782.208070375871052/1947006051977467/ https://www.azmodel.cz/produkt/hurricane-mk-iid/ V.P.
  14. Something a little ancient from the depths of my stash that deserves to see the light of day. Monogram's 1/48 Hawker Hurricane. Since this kit lets you build any one of 7! versions(box says 5, but there are 2 more as well that you can do). I think for this outing a MKCII in SAAF livery might be out of the ordinary for me, but it is a simple little build . I'll probably make an addition here or there just because this kit was originally more toy than model and as such some detail that's normal today (cockpits and Gear wells) were almost unknown way back then. I think I first built one of these back when Johnson was in the White House, Lyndon not Andrew. I'm not THAT old. I just feel like it. So lets see whats I gots wit dis. The kit decals are definitely old so I'm using Aeromaster for the national insignia and whatever I can scrounge from y decal spares to supplement.
  15. Hi, I am building the newest Hurricane mk IIc from Arma Hobby and I need some help with LKoA paint scheme (blog). Arma Hobby chose black/OG/DG: However, my interpretation of LKoA is quite different. I am a little unsure about lighter tone on DG (rudder, rear fuselage, elevator, ends of the wings). In my opinion, it's not definetly "brush strokes" effect, because in this case we should see them at the front of the fuselage and on the other aircraft. Of course, OG put on DG is only my proposal, but maybe someone saw something similar on other RAF planes and know answer. I'm open to discussion, feel free to share your view.
  16. Hurricane IV RP from No. 351 (Yugoslav) Sqn RAF. Serial LD975 'O'. Hi there! I won't insult you Brits by detailing the Hurry story! I'll just say that No. 351 was part of the Balkan air force, flying there in 1944/45 in support of Tito's Partizans. To build this Hurry, I've started from Hasegawa's Hurry IId box, as I had two, and I didn't know that they had a specific IV box... before getting one much later. I had also an old SAM Publications conversion for the Mk.IV RP including 44 gal. fuel tanks and/or blast plates and rocket rails... but not rockets!!!! And a Lift Here decals sheet. Nothing specific to say about the build, just take care of the pit with its tubular structure when positioning it inside the fuselage: Dryfit, dryfit and dryfit! The same apply for building the front central part of wings. And to me, that's about all. The paint scheme is far from being 100% correct, and the edge of the colours are too much blended. Was afraid of the decals, because of a bad experience with another sheet some weeks ago. I took extra cautions, and everything went smoothly. Well, take care anyway with Lifthere decals. Rockets, again. Well 15 years ago when I started to think about this build, the weapons configuration that I wanted was a bit specific, in any case asymmetric! Four rockets on one side, and an external tanks on the other. This was more than often used by Balkans air force Hurrry. Buuuuuut.... fifteen years later, I just forgot. In fact, I remember, but too late, as the blast plates were in place already. Nevermind, off I go to source eight rockets... I'm still searching, as I would like some 60lb warhead, and so far, nothing in sight. I missed the chance with Airfix's Spit 18, who I think have those RP. BUT..... I've already given them to a friend... For the weathering,, it's not ok to me, just too heavy and far from being subtile. And in the end, a nice little kit, but I didn't really do it justice. I'll try hard for the next Hurry! Here you go!
  17. I seem to have difficulties with Hurricanes. The Arma kits are superb, of course, so why that should be the case, I really don't know. Anyway, my last two went the way of the dodo, and so, inspired by @AliGauld's Sea Hurricane Mk.Ib build I thought I'd have another go. What I've broken into are a Mk.I "kit" and a Mk.IIb/c "expert set". Be under no illusions - as far as I'm concerned, an "ex" is a has-been and a "spurt" is a drip under pressure. I've got a fair few bits of Arma and Eduard etch floating about, some of which will make an appearance. There may also be a few scratch built bits and bobs along the way. Boxes and sprues: Progress so far: some interior work, wheel bays, cockpit floors and control columns (Quickboost resin replacements), plus some paint. Mk.I Mk.IIb And both together: Its not really easy to see the dull aluminium, its that dull! The light is pretty hopeless which doesn't help, perhaps I'll try a couple of pics in daylight. As for schemes, the Mk.I will be an Idku-based night-fighter, while the Mk.IIb will be a Polish aircraft based at RAF Churchstanton, which is near my home town. Thanks for looking in - there may actually be more soon, who knows....... Cheers, Mark
  18. Twenty one volumes of the Wingleader Photo Archive series. The new Typhoon book makes it 21 volumes! Still big original photos, still 'I never knew that!' text, and still £19.95. Check out the range at: www.wingleader.co.uk
  19. Hello, First build of the year (began in 22 , the Airfix , 1/48, Hurricane Mk.I in the markings of RAF 242 Sq. Gunze acrils paints and Aeromaster decals. Hope you'll like her, Best Stef (#6)
  20. Build last year, Arma Hobby Mk IIB, 1/72 scale with some minor changes and CMK resin photo pad.
  21. Hi chaps, After reading for quite a while, and then joining, this is not my first Hurricane, but certainly my first showing to strangers to be commented on (if anyone likes to do so)... The first thing any Hurricane/BoB specialist will see is that I goofed big time on the camo scheme. This is my first non-paintbrushed camouflage, and being all nervous about working with those rattle cans, i switched the colours... ...which is not a big problem for myself, as I've built and marked it as I liked, not based on an existing plane. Just a little bit, because I know about it... I've assigned my plane to No. 145 squadron, because the squadron code is the same as the town "code" of my car - SO. I would have loved to build one after original pics, but I keep getting the same single one, SO-K, which was fitted with an experimental bulged canopy... and I neither had nor wanted one. The L was from my daughter's first name. Enough words for now, more pics. One more sentence - please don't see the spots at the front cowling near the wing root. Hope you had fun with the pictures. If anyone wants to drop a line, chocks away! Maybe I'll manage to post some other things rather soon. (Due to covid-19 crisis I am temporarily home all day, but time keeps slipping through my fingers🤷🏼‍♂️) Pics by my wife, who could finally combine her hobby with mine
  22. Ding ding, round 4....... I can't resist another build to this infectious GB Unfortunately i don't have any of the missing subjects but will balance up the Spitfire Hurricane ratio with this nice little kit. I anticipate progress will be swift as i am also taking part in the M3/4 STGB which has just started. So a couple of pics to get the ball rolling, thanks for looking Cheers Greg BTW I am doing the box top version as @CanadaMoe is doing the night intruder option.
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