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  1. Greetings Brits... I recently joined the forum, and I got a lot of help from you all on scoping information for a Night Intruder Hurricane IIc... I have always wanted to make a Hurricane in this scheme with Medium Sea Grey and Dark Green Topside and Black Underside, with the Red Codes that were eventually applied over the original Sky Codes... This is a cool scheme on a hurricane and complements the all the models we make in the usual fighter day camouflage. This is a Hasegawa 1/48 Kit, with some extras added to improve the model... I first applied the extra PE seat belt harness left over from the Tamiya Spitfire to improve the interior... Then ordered Quick Boost Resin External Tanks and Resin 'Type B' Cannons as the original Night Duty LK-R aircraft had. It was great that Quick Boost offers the different cannon types so we can make the correct armament for our Hurricane IIc! Next I used Techmod Decals Hurricane Insignia Sheet for the Proper Roundels... Then I used Fantasy Printworks 27" Tall Dull Red RAF codes... I did have to touch them up with some paint because they didn't match the insignia's (and I like all the colors to match)... well the end of a long journey and a dream fulfilled for a Night Intruder scheme Hurricane! Oh the best part... I did learn that this camouflage was field applied and is a unique pattern. It is different than the standard RAF Hurricane patterns. I searched for many photos of this squadron 'LK' and found some great in-flight photos with other aircraft with this same scheme. They consistently applied this to many aircraft so it was something they patterned. I was able to generate a reasonable sketch of the pattern as the Left Upper wing was visible and outer half of the right outer wing upper was visible... I had to conjecture the right side of the fuselage (but continued the wrap from the visible left side) and conjecture the inner/upper right wing appearance that was not visible in photos... Here it is on the workbench, Ready for Inspection! Thanks for checking it out and all the help! -Bob
  2. Hurricane and Bf 109G-6 in Finnish service that is. Originally I wanted to build a J-21 and J-22 in 1/48, but as this GB ended running parallel with the Stuka STGB this wasn't longer an option so I chosen some easy to build kits - the Arma Hobby Hurricane and the Tamiya Bf 109G-6 instead, but also because these two types are not yet represented in this GB. This is the First: The Hurricanes where flown to Finland in February 1940 flying via Scotland and Sweden, having the Finnish markings white overpainted and with a civil registration. There are different opinions if the Hurricane had civil registration applied or not so I came to my own conclusion. First there is this picture of Hurricane HU460 shortly after its arrival in Finland, photographed in March 1940. Specially the first picture looks like it has a removed or overpainted civil registration OH-IPL. But then there is this picture showing HU452 on its way to Finland at a stop in Scotland. It has the overpainted markings but no civil registration. On the other hand, this Blenheim has the civil registration in place, also flown to Finland in February 1940. Now this could mean that the picture of HU452 was taken before the registration was applied, most likely only needed for the landing in Sweden or it was applied only on the port side of the aircraft as it was just for one flight. So I will paint my build like this. And only on the port side until someone has some evidence that it was on the starboard side as well. And as earlier mentioned, I will use the Arma Hobby kit with a few add-ons. I will also use some 5-spoke wheels which I have in the stash. And the Last: Actually not the very last as the Bf-109G-6 had its last flight in Finland in 1954 which is remarkable as the build quality of German aircraft later in the war was very poor as the expectation was they don't last very long! My chosen subject is Bf 109G-6 MT-505 of PLeLv 41 belonging to Lentorykmentti 4 with special "War Games" marking applied in August 1950. It does has a bit of a different look in the olive-green colours. And as mentioned, the kit I use is the new Tamiya offering. This will need a bit of kit bashing and I intend to utilize some AZ Model 109 parts for the sand filter (which had been fitted to all the Finnish 109s), Canopy and tall rudder. Cheers, Peter
  3. It was started in 2014. After getting about 1/3 finished, I sat her aside for another project. In early 2017, I resumed work on the model and around the end of February, I took her out to the Cameron airport for a photo session. I messed up the stretched sprue radio aerial loading the model up for the ride out there and just managed to get it back in some sort of shape, of course never as good as previously though. (Go figure…😐) It’s painted with Testors 1/4oz. square bottle flat black, and faded with Humbrol dark gray 32 mostly, as well as a few other grays. I tried out a bit of oil-paint dot filtering on the lower engine cowls but the 45 year-old oil-paint and my lack of experience didn’t help.🤦‍♂️ The exhaust staining is Model Master intermediate blue, dirtied with pastel chalks. As always, I used my Paasche Model H, powered by CO2, for the airbrushing. I drybrushed the paint damage with Humbrol MetalCote unpolished aluminum and used a silver pencil here and there. The cockpit barely shows so I made seatbelts/harnesses from tape with home-made lead-wire buckles. The exhaust flame shields were made from Evergreen sheet. Let’s see, gun barrels and exhausts were drilled, and tires sanded for a change, 😉. Lead wire brake lines were added with furnace tape clamps. I sanded down the wing light “lenses” and carved out a concave lens with my motor tool, filling that with silver. Overall, she turned out a pretty fair “four-footer” and looks good with her RAF warbird mates and sister Hawker planes in the display. But please, no more Hobbycraft kits for a while…😜
  4. I would like to enter this one. Cheers Jes
  5. This is the very old Airfix kit of the fabulous Battle of Britain fighter, the Hurricane. V6799 was flown by P/O K. Mackenzie from RAF Kenley. In October of 1940 he shot down an Me109 before tipping over another with his wingtip having run out of ammo. He then belly landed the Hurricane in a field! Built oob, with just a tiny bit of scratchbuild in the cockpit and the E-z line wire for the aerial. Huge thanks to @mackem01 for the decals! The old kit ones were cracked and unusable.
  6. Hi all - hope everyone is doing okay this weekend. I was able to get some bench time between working from home and looking after kids - so I was able to get this project over the line. Johnny Red was a comic character from the British War comic "Battle" which was published in the 70's and 80's - Johnny was a disgraced former RAF pilot who found himself in Russia during the war - fighting with his adopted squadron "The Falcons" against the ghastly Germans in his Hurricane Mk1. The story ran for many years until Battle went out of print in the early 80's. Comic book writer Garth Ennis (of Preacher and The Boys fame) rebooted the character a few years ago which was a retelling of the original story aimed at an older audience. As a huge fan of the original and the reboot - an attempt at doing Johnny's Hurricane was always on the cards since I returned to the hobby - I chose the Arma Hobby kit - built out of the box with some custom made decals for Johnny's Hurricane. I found the kit a challenge - I actually did 2 - the first attempt was abandoned after I messed up on the construction - It's a nice kit but the instructions are quite minimal - with no indications how assemblies should look when complete - so you really have to feel your way round. I wouldn't recommend this kit to beginners. You can read all about my up's and downs onthis project over at the WIP: I'd like to thank my friend Richard @Gazontipede who was a huge help with the design of the decal sheet and very helpful and supportive of this project. Like me, he's a huge Johnny Red fan and has a vast knowledge of the air war in Russia - his enthusiasm for the subject was quite contiguous, so alot of Soviet WW2 aircraft has sneaked into the stash as a result So thanks Richard - this one's for you Painted with Tamiya Acrylics with oils and mig washes for the weathering - Metallics are Alclad and Mr Color - and I scratched up the tip landing lights. Thanks for watching John
  7. I am hoping that someone here may be able to answer my question on W.W.II Russian Hurricanes that were converted into 2 seaters. I am particularly after info for the rear seat's gun and mount. I've found pictures and a few builds of this aircraft type, but nothing that really gave me some insight into that rear position. What type of gun was used? gunner's seat? how was the gun mounted? If anyone can shed some light on this for me, I'd appreciate it.
  8. Just finished this as a quick build out of the box, went together nicely, luckily the decal in box was of actual a/c able to fing photo on the net. cheers Jes
  9. Here’s the Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk.I in markings of 238 Sqn at RAF Middle Wallop. This is a lovely kit, although I struggled a bit with the fit of the cockpit internal framing. Note that I have been purposely picking aircraft to model that don’t have standard Sky undersides.
  10. I finished this model some time ago and only now got around to taking pictures. It’s the Airfix 1/72 rag-wing Hurricane in markings of 73 Sqn in France, May 1940 from the Xtradecal sheet.
  11. Hi, this is my latest project - Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, scale 1/48, Airfix. Marking 312. (Czechoslovak) Sqn., pilot P/O Adolf Vrána, January 1941. I used photo etched instrument panel and seat belts, resin wheels and exhaust, all Eduard. Colors are Gunze "C". Decals are DKdecals.
  12. Hello All, It's my first "active" post on Britmodeller. First because I build slowly, and secondly because I don't speak (write in this particular case) a very fluent English. Anyway I'm glad to share today pictures of the build of a 1/72 Hawker Hurricane. The bird is now almost finished, but more on this later. I am indebted to the members of this forum whose topics on the Hurricane (the real one or the various kits) are a wonderful source of information, so Thank you! Any comment is welcome 😀 My first job with this nice model was to thin the trailing edge and to mastic some panels on the wings. I like to present the models with an open hatch, so I chose here to open the radio door (also, it must be said, because I did not have the courage to open the one from the below of the cockpit 🙃) Evergreen and Plastruct profiles make it possible to furnish the fuselage a little. EZ line is used for the wires of the fuselage tube structure. For the cockpit side I use as templade an Eduard photoetched set, I just modify the left one to have a more accurate representation of the early machine. First paint, I tried to add some deep to the inside and I figure it first with black and white paint as pre-shading. Green Red and Aluminium pshiit later. I added some light with white and silver, and some deep with oil washes. Et hop just before closing the fuselage. For the paint I try to figure the various material used on the aircraft by using various shades. I chose a deco with small red and blue cockades so the original shape of the old cockade was painted too with a darker shade. The dark earth was masked before applying the green I like the black and white underside look of these early birds I was not happy with the marking in decals. A picture of the machine that I wanted to represent allowed me to draw codes, I think, more conform in their form and thickness. UI use a cutter printer to make new mask. I keep however the design of the underside serials as template for mask and painted them too. After the traditionnal varnish, decals, varnish it was time for first weathering with some color pencil chipping and oil working. Same (light) punishement for the underside. I wanted to keep the aircraft relatively clean. Just the time to add the landing lights And it was the moment to put the aircraft on it's base. Thanks for reading till now Dric
  13. After the Hurricane, Airfix is to release in Q2 2017 a 1/48th Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.1B - ref. A05134 Source: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2017/hawker-sea-hurricane-mk-ib-1-48.html V.P.
  14. Well after completing my first build, (a 1/72 Mk1 Hurricane) its time to give its big brother and my xmas pressie a good crack. I have definitely caught the modelling bug and im looking forward to putting some of the techniques learned to good use as well as trying out some more! Please forgive any boring photo's that you have all seen a million times before, just kind of want to see the whole journey from start to finish (Humour me im a newbie lol) Here goes nothing! The storey so far (In my head i have the opening bars of the Star Wars theme tune playing )- Firstly the sprue shots Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on FlickrUntitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr So according to the instructions the first thing to tackle was the merlin! so a bit of dry fitting and a load of flash removal commenced (Think there could be alot of this required in this kit) Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Not sure if i missed something at this point but was slightly confused regarding the pin that holds the prop in the engine, The instructions say to place the pin inside and then but the top of the engine on meaning the prop would then be permanently in place before painting as the pin would just push out if adding the prop later? Anyway i solved this by glueing some old sprue in behind the pin so it cant drop out when adding the prop later. (Go on somebody tell me what i missed :-)) Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr After a spot of priming i sprayed the engine black as per instructions except for the cam covers which i thought would look better aluminium (Have seen pics of both so i thought its not gonna look to out of place!) Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Then picked out some details Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Painted up the engine mounting frames Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Next my first attempt at dry brushing (Think i was a bit heavy handed in places) & glued all the other engine parts on. Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Untitled by andrewbudd2, on Flickr Overall pretty pleased with it, think i want to put a bit of a wash on the cam covers to make them look a bit more oily but other than that all good. That's were i am folks, thanks for looking and any comments/tips/observations gratefully recieved Cheers Andy
  15. On 7th October 1940 Pilot Officer Ken Mackenzie was chasing a damaged Messerschmitt Bf 109 over the south coast. Having used up all his ammunition, he was determined not to let the Luftwaffe fighter limp back to France, only to threaten his RAF comrades another day. Maneuvering his Hurricane close to the low flying 109, he used his wing tip to sever the port stabilizer of the Messerschmitt, sending it spinning into the sea and taking the outer section of his own wing with it. He was then set upon by two more 109s and sustaining damage to his Hurricane, just managed to avoid cliffs near Folkestone and belly land his fighter in the first field he saw. For this historic event I used the Airfix scale 1/48 Hurricane Mk.I, the one with the actual maneuvre on the box art. The kit itself is a real joy to built. Hope you like.
  16. Update sets for 1:144 Aircraft Shelf Oddity Shelf Oddity are emerging as a leader in decals and parts for 1.144 scale modelling. These sets contains PE update sets for The La-5, FuG220 Antennas, and the Hawker Hurricane. Shelf Oddity do more than just decals, but it's the decals I picked out of their recent samples first, so here they are. La-5 Update set (SO214421 KP kits) This set contains parts for the exhaust pipes and engine cooling flaps, antennae masts, oil cooler details, main landing gear details, wheel hubs details, the tail wheel assembly, several air scoops and hatch covers, and the windscreen rear-view mirror. There is also a small decal sheet for the most visible stencils on the aircraft. Luftwaffe FuG220 Antennas (SO51445) This set contains 4 long, and 4 short FuG220 antennas for late war Luftwaffe aircraft. Hawker Hurricane MkI (SO214420 Sweet Kit) The set is for Sweet kit and contains enough parts for both in the boxing. Parts included are; the cockpit floor with rudder pedals and control stick, pilots seat with seatbelts, instrument panel, overhead cockpit bulkhead, air intakes, oil cooler, vertical stabiliser actuators, pitot probe, antennae masts, and various external details. Conclusion Great news for 1:144 scale fans. Some good sets and it should hopefully please a lot of people with really good eyesight. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
  17. Just put the finishing touches on this one today: it is, of course, the Airfix 1/72 Rag-wing Hurricane Mk.I. This is a super little kit, which did not cause any trouble other than that of my own making. This is from the Series 2 boxing containing the alternate cockpit, prop, and keel parts. I used the 111 Sqn decals to finish my kit.
  18. Here is one of my Sweet 1:144 Hawker Hurricane Mk.Is which I built in 2009. It's an early variant and represents L1768, GG-K, of No. 151 Sqn RAF, at North Weald, UK, in May 1939. Thanks for looking Miguel
  19. I just realized that I have two 1/72 Airfix Hurrys with fabric wings, but none of the two kits include the wooden 2-blade prop I want to use. However, I have the prop from Airfix's early Spitfire. Now the question ist: Are the props identical? I know the spinner on the Hurricane wooden prop is more pointed than the one fitted to the earliest Spitfires, but otherwise the props itself should be identical, shouldn't they? Thanks in advance! Ole
  20. Hawker Hurricane (vol.I of the Illustrated History of Romanian Aeronautics) by Horia Stoica and Vasile Radu I bought this recently published book and since it is a bilingual edition (text in English and Romanian) and the Hawker Hurricane is one of my favorite aircraft I thought I would do a review here. This is supposed to be the first number in a - hopefully - long series of titles devoted to aircraft in Romanian service so I guess it would be important for it to do well. The book is very much an album with its 88 pages devoted to showing the Hawker Hurricane in Romanian colours through 135 photos. It does not contain colour profiles or scale drawings. The text is kept to a minimum which means usually a commentary for each photo, a two pages (four pages actually, but they are split between the two languages) Preface which briefly describes the Romanian acquisition of the Hurricane and its service as part of the famous 53rd Squadron (it gave the first three aces of the Royal Romanian Air Force in WW2) and a Finale with a page worth of text. There is also a Glossary at the end providing the English translation to various Romanian terms and ranks. As far as the text is concerned I have one minor complaint regarding the fact that it starts so close to the binding and this makes it a bit difficult to read the words close to that. Most of the photos depict the aircraft, with some of them dedicated to the personnel and some showing documents (many are reports detailing various incidents). One minus here for a non-Romanian reader is that while the commentaries that accompany the documents` photos are available in English too, so you can get the main idea, the actual text of the document is not translated. Technically, the book is colour printed (which shows in the case of the documents), but the photographs of the planes and crews are all black and white. That said, the photographs chosen for this book are very clear, in my opinion, many are new to me (which makes sense given the claim of "previously unpublished photos" on the RB site - see bellow) and even for those that could be found online I think the detail quality included in this book is superior. As a modeller I found them most useful (among other things to see that my recently finished Hurricane model has an incorrect extra band on the propeller). The book itself is helpfully structured along the aircraft numbers of which Romania had a total of fifteen, conveniently numbered from no.1 to no.15. The first 12 of these were of the late Mk.I type (with metal wings) bought directly from Britain with the other 3 being Yugoslav built (early type with fabric wings), captured by the Germans in 1941 and sold to Romania. Each of the first twelve - British made - machines has its own short section showing photos of the aircraft in question, the men who flew it, documents where available and occasionally, photos of non identified aircraft to portray something relevant to the section. An exception to this is the no 10 for which there are no photos available as it crashed shortly after arriving in Romania resulting in the death of the pilot (Cpt. Av. Drăgănescu Gheorghe) and the destruction of the aircraft. The three ex Yugoslav planes are all presented at the end of the book with photos showing individually only the no 15 and no 14 (the single picture showing it in an original post-maintenance camouflage). The Romanian Hurricanes went from the neutrality markings to the Axis identification elements and some to post maintenance paint-jobs so in this respect there are various differences not just between them but also for each aircraft, depending on the period. This means that for a modeller it is quite convenient to have a photographic resource structured by plane number and I have to say that, overall, I personally liked this book. Based on the text from the back cover one of the following numbers will be devoted to the Bristol Blenheim in Romanian service so here`s hoping! From what I read at the end of the book, Radu Brînzan (of RB Productions and author of "Vânător - Romanian hunter: The I.A.R.80 and I.A.R.81 in Ultimate Detail") was responsible for the English translation and indeed, the book is available on his site: http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=118&products_id=719&zenid=b8b477f645e6d6133b44d94a1b8486d5 Incidentally, RB Productions has recently released a decal sheet for the Romanian Hurricanes in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 scales. The author of this Hawker Hurricane volume is on facebook and the series (Illustrated History of Romanian Aviation) has its own page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1285649678148929/ so one could also try to buy or inquire about the book that way.
  21. I came across a Kits World decal sheet for 1/72 Hurricanes. It has a couple of schemes that have peaked my interest. In particular, the Romanian Air Force one stands out in my eyes: Can anyone comment on the accuracy of these decals and the schemes illustrated?
  22. Examining known photographs of the 302 Polish squadron Hurricanes I've noticed that apparently all of them (till 1941 Spring) show extremely narrow and tall fin flash! Were these fin flashes painted in the unit? Shown planes comes from various series and even various versions (Mk. I and Mk.II!!!). Mark I: From British Pathe newsreel (quite poor quality, but belive me, the fin flash is narrow): And Autumn 1940 (V6941): Period? Captioned as 1940: Mark II in 1941 March or April: 1941 Spring/Summer: One of the Czech Hurricanes with similar (overpainted?) fin flash: It is in fact identical to the one sported by the 85 Squadron in France. What was the reason? Why this coincidence? Were 85 ground crews attached to the 302 later? Or did these squadron share an airbase or Maintenance Unit? Also this airplane (56 Squadron) has similar fin flash:
  23. Hurricane IIC LB615. I have decals for this aircraft and the decal set says it's a IIC but the Pilots and Planes book says it's a PR IIC. So which is it? I fancied making this as it's different, as apparently it had 2 cannons removed. thanks Mike
  24. I have a question for those who have built or are building the Arma Hobby Hurricane. It could help myself and others who haven't started theirs yet. The instructions say to fit the landing gear legs in the landing gear bay pretty early on, before you stick the lower and upper wings together. From a painting point of view, it would be much easier to 'mask' the landing gear bay for painting if the legs weren't there. The question is therefore, how easy/hard is it to fit the landing gear legs after the wings have been stuck together and painted? thanks Mike
  25. I have a question that's come to mind about the White Sea Hurricane Mk IIc from HMS Nairana. The Airfix Hurricane/Sea Hurricane Mk IIc painting guide, says the underside is Sky Type S but the Hasegawa instructions say White overall. Which is correct? thanks Mike
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