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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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 !!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. Build last year, Arma Hobby Mk IIB, 1/72 scale with some minor changes and CMK resin photo pad.
  11. These tables show the individual aircraft letter codes for Hurricanes held by RCAF 126 Squadron (Dartmouth, NS) during Jan - July 1943 which were then taken over by RCAF 127 Squadron (Gander, Nfld) after mid-July. 127 Squadron would subsequently be renumbered to 443 and go to the UK to fight in Spitfires. When the squadrons swapped bases in mid-July 1943, they each left their planes behind for the other to use. This means planes from 126 were used by 127 after mid-July and vice versa. For example: 126 received Hurricane Z 5655 in Dec 42 at Dartmouth and used it until July when it was under the control of 127, which took over Dartmouth. Pictures of plane Z 5655 on the Internet are labelled as 127 Squadron but it was originally received and labelled by 126. The aircraft serials and letter combinations were taken from the Operational Record Books (ORBs) of 126 Squadron from Jan to May 1943. The ORBs list each flight of the planes by their serial numbers or their letters. From time to time, the letter codes were also scribbled beside the serial numbers. Sometimes there are some inconsistencies that appear to be errors. Aircraft Serials and Codes The first column is the aircraft's individual letter code The second column is the most frequent serial number labelled with the code The subsequent numbers after the // are potential errors because they are infrequent / contradictory / overlapping with another mention of itself for a flight time Code Serial // Mistakes? A 5632 B 5658 C D E 5633 // 5640, 5632 F BW883 // BW847 G [from photo below: 5640] H I BW872 J K 5659 // 5655 L M 5657 N O 5638 P Q R 5666 // BW872, 5632 S 5654 T U BW868 V BW869 W X BW854 Y BW878 // BW865, 5655, 5633 Z 5655 ORB Image References Below are the images of ORB pages held by Library and Archives Canada on their digital site that show the codes and serial numbers. https://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c12253/442 https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0sj19k66m01/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0ns0ks8jv1d/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0qj77s9jj9b/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc06m3321sn5v/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0833mw48x36/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc04b2x36n54h/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc00k26990d20/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0vx05x4676c/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0r49g46jg3k/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0mc8rb8wq0m/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0zp3vt3hh01/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc03b5w689n36/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0736m05zd8v/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0bv79s3m59x/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0gm81k17x81/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0mc8rb8wq0m/full/max/0/default.jpg https://image-uab.canadiana.ca/iiif/2/69429%2Fc0r49g46jg3k/full/max/0/default.jpg - David
  12. Hi all, Well, it's been quite a busy year with work, which has meant another slow year at the bench. It's been quite difficult with lots of distractions to keep the modelling mojo flowing this year. I've recently started my Christmas holidays, and I've felt the need to do a quick and simple build, to get said mojo flowing again, and to kick off the new year on a good modelling foot. I recently asked my 85 year old father in law (who is still an avid modeller) what I should build. Being an ex-pat Brit, and a young lad when the Battle of Britain was raging over his home in London, he suggested a Hurricane ("the Spitfire is a beau'y and awl, but the 'urricane was the real work-'orse", he said). I had the 1/48 Airfix Mk 1 in my stash, and promptly dusted it off. It's the 'trop' boxing, but all of the parts for a standard Mk 1 is in the box. Somewhere along the line i'd also added an ultracast seat with moulded harnesses, and exhausts into the box. Now, I know very little about Hurricanes, which is perfect (as I won't get bogged down in details or accuracy related rabbit holes, as I often do). My deadline for completion is 16 January, when I start back at work. "The game is afoot"! So far, I have completed the interior. In keeping with the the simple theme of this build, I kept the cockpit essentially out of box, save the aforementioned seat. I did have to add belts to the top of the seat, to slot through the bulkhead behind the pilot. The Airfix interior is complex yet simple to build, and looks very nice (especially when compared to their earlier 1970s/80s rendition of the Mk1). I followed the Airfix instructions for the interior colours. Thankfully, most of the cockpit and interior is silver, with some RAF interior green to add colour. I decided to avoid the complexities of using the kit decal for the instrument panel; the panel is buried quite far inside the cockpit so not much will be seen. A simple dry brushing and picking out the dials with Future will suffice. Here's some pics so far: I also painted the wheels (one of my least favourite parts of any build, so best to get those out of the way early). The wheels and hubs are quite nice out of the box. I don't intend on showing off the gun bays (again, a complexity I don't need, so I'll likely trim the spars away, just in case they muck with the wing fit, which looks a little tricky. We'll see how we go with that when we get there. So far, so good! All feedback welcomed. I also welcome any tips from anyone who has built this kit before as to what I should keep an eye out for during construction. Cheers! BC
  13. 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
  14. The model has been built for a long time and now it's time to put it in the gallery. This time is always too little for me, and the worst is when I put something on the shelf. Then the topic drags on and there is no end in sight. I trusted the additive manufacturers for it and a few mistakes are there and I don't correct them, maybe someday I will come back to this model to correct it. There was a bit of fun with it, but in the end it resulted in "Hurricane" Mk.IIc in camouflage from 309 squadron RAF (Poland), june 1944.
  15. It seems that with the advent of Companies like Arma, modelling in 1/72 has become very exciting and rewarding. I found the Arma Hurricane a pleasure to build and really captured the bulldog character of the plane. In this box the markings of Flt lt Nicholson are included. He is famous as Fighter Command's VC. On 16th August near Southampton he was bounced and his cockpit caught fire. Staying with his aircraft for a while he opened fire at a passing Messerschmidt. To add insult to injury he suffered gunshot wounds from the Home Guard on his way down. With this kit I included the Eduard PE, Quickboost control column and gunsight. Also the DMD mask for the fabric surfaces to cause a shadow effect. I now like to use an AK template with lots of holes to add more shadowing to the surfaces Hope you like it? Andrew
  16. I know the plane in the foreground is a Messerchmitt, but I was - sort of - recreating this photo: http://www.cartula.ro/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_rel_module=post&attach_id=142957 It shows the Romanian BF 109 E-3 no.1 next to Hurricane Mk.I no.1 in pre-Eastern Front markings. The Bf was destroyed in an accident on December 4 1940 so this picture was probably taken earlier that year. The first Emil was flown to Romania in December 1939 and the Hurricanes were delivered in crates at about the same time. In the summer of 1940 when the Soviet Union presented Romania with a 24 hours ultimatum to give up its eastern and northern provinces under the threat of invasion, these few Hurricanes and Messerschmitts were the most modern fighters Romanian had. I think it`s something of a poetry to see an 109 and a Hurricane next to each other under the same country colours. Indeed, the 12 Hurricanes that Romanian bought from Britain formed the 53rd Squadron, which initially was paired in the 7th Fighter Group with the 57th Squadron equipped with the first batch of 11 Bf 109 E-3. These acquisitions made after the war had already started in Europe created the situation where the British pilots and technicians sent to help press the Hurricanes (and Blenheims) into service found themselves neighbours at Pipera with the German personnel who was doing the same for the He-112s. The no.1 Hurricane was flown by Emil Georgescu, the 53rd Squadron`s commander. For anyone interested in the subject, the book under my model is a good starting place and I`ve reviewed it HERE, on BM, several years ago. My build is not the most fortunate and better modellers will notice quite a few things that could have been done better. The lighting conditions were not ideal either these days, being mostly cloudy, but somehow able to make both my models and the Coastal Kits base more shiny than in reality. Still, three photoshoots - and several sessions of fixing small issues and removing particles of dust virtually invisible to the naked eye, but popping up in pictures - later I`ll call it done for now. I`ve used the Arma Hobby 70021 Hurricane Mk I Trop kit (simply because that`s the one I found locally and the plastic is the same as in the other Mk.I boxes). The five spoke wheels characteristic of the L series Hurricanes that Romania had came with a decal set by Kora (Dec7269) dedicated to the Yugoslav Hurricanes. The De Havilland Spitfire Propeller is a Quickboost (72166) product. The cockpit ring gunsight is from an Eduard PE sheet (72403) and the bead on the cowling is from a Master set dedicated to British P-40 B/Cs (AM-72-123). I`ve replaced the kit`s antenna mast with a 0.9mm brass tube as the L series had the early, pole type. I`ve also removed the extra access panel on the right side of the fuselage that was not present on this series. The roundels and numbers are from a dedicated RB Productions decal sheet (RB-D72022); the stencils are from the Arma kit. I`ve also used the dedicated masks from Pmask (PK72154) which are great and Eduard`s Superfabric early RAF seatbelts (73025) - wish Eduard would still be making these. I`ve used Lifecolor`s UA 092 for Dark Earth as recommended by the RB decal`s instructions. The UA 091 that was recommended for Dark Green proved to be a rather bright and saturated green so I had to overpaint it with the only other Dark Green I had available, Italeri`s 4726AP. The Black (36108), White (36105), Aluminium (36199) and Blue (36156 - on the rudder) are from Revell`s Aqua range. The Yellow is also Revell (36115), but I`ve addded a bit of Carmine Red (36136) to try and match the RB Productions decal yellow and for once I think I`ve done it. The red on the rudder is Vallejo`s 70.817 and the interior grey green is Hataka`s B025. The model is brush painted so having to add a couple more layers of dark green was not fortunate. The white and yellow also do not brush easily and need several layers and this made it harder for the wash to settle in the panel lines. The wash is a combination of 4 parts Light Grey, 1 part White and 1 part European Dust from Vallejo. With half the underside being white and the other black I`ve tried to choose something light enough to show on black, but still dark enough for the white and the two colours on the upperside. I think it ended up too dark for the white wing. The plane would have been fairly new and well maintained at this point. The small bump between the antenna pole and the canopy was actually a light on the real thing and would have been better represented by a transparent piece, but I`ve realized this late so I`ve just painted it gloss white.
  17. I’ve been a long time fan of this site, but this is my very first post here. I grew up in the 60s and 70s, and like most kids in that era, I built plastic models. My very first kit I ever built was the old box scale Monogram A-26 Invader. I think the Testor’s silver paint that I brushed on is STILL drying, lol! And of course, I got glue marks with my fingerprints all over it. I built over 100 kits as a boy, then stopped in high school when I discovered girls. After a long hiatus from the hobby, my brother got me a Monogram 1/48 P-40 “Tigershark” as the box termed it, a name I’m pretty sure was never actually used for the P-40. So in my mid-30s, I picked up the hobby once again. I am not a prolific builder by any means – maybe 6-8 on a really good year, some years I’ll only finish 1 or 2. But our only child is now off to college 2000 miles away, so I expect I’ll be able to complete more kits every year from then on. Monogram kits were my favorite as a boy. The “White Box” era of Monogram – pictures of built-up kits on a plain white background, rather than box art – was what I built most often. And one of my favorite kits I built as a boy was the Monogram Hurricane. I really loved the retractable landing gear, and my build had both the 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons AND the 40mm Bofors slung underneath. Heck, I may have added some bombs too! Don’t judge, I was 11 at the time… I am almost exclusively a vintage kit builder. I really love taking a crude old kit and improving it. I do a little bit of scratchbuilding, will use some aftermarket resin (I dislike working with photo-etch though), and aftermarket decals. This is an original PA-90 boxing of the Hurricane from 1964, so it’s only a year younger than I am. I’ll be building a night fighter version. I’m amazed to see the comparison of the very old decal for the instrument panel versus the Aeromaster aftermarket sheet’s attempt. The Monogram’s IP is sharper than Aeromaster’s! And despite the fact that I don't much enjoy working with PE, I will use a few pieces from this Airwaves set, meant for the old Airfix kit.
  18. 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.
  19. Well, I finally got around to weathering the Hurricane! To round out a Battle of Britain movie build, I just had to have a Hurricane. So, I modified an old 1/48 Hobbycraft Hurricane Mk IIc into a Canadian produced Mk IIb, with a lot of scratch building, detail parts from a scrapped Ark Hurricane Mk 1, and various parts from the spare parts bin. It is * F, H3418 flown by Squadron Leader Harvey (Christopher Plummer) in the opening airfield staffing scene. The Bob Diemert restored aircraft (CCF c/n 42012, registered as CF-SMI, C-GWPH, and G-AWLW) was in fact a CCF Hurricane Mk IIb. It had the 3 stack round exhaust (not fishtail), it did not have the Mk II style 'kinked' tail wheel, but the earlier Mk I style tail wheel, blanked off generator cooling pipes, no oil collection channel on the upper cowl behind the spinner, A Hamilton Standard prop, and the unique 'Canadian' spinner. Also, I've discovered that this Hurricane made its way eventually to Hamilton, Ontario, only to be destroyed in the same hangar fire that destroyed Spitfire Mk IXc MK297 (another BofB movie vet, marked as AI*A in the 'taka taka taka' scene), an Avenger, an Auster, and a Turb-Commander, Feb 15, 1993. Many thanks to all on this site that offered info, suggestions and critiques. WIP - WIP build posts I know, too many photo's already. well, just one more ... After the fire, the Hamilton aviation museum replaced (?) the lost Hurricane with this fibreglass mockup, a very realistic 1 to 1 scale kit! (I want one!) Thanks for looking, Colin
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