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  1. I'll be honest. I didn't know who Bob Kershaw was until I bought the kit. For those of you who may be in a similar boat, here's his story : The Arma Hobby Hurricane Mk.1 Expert Set came with the markings for Bob Kershaw's Hurricane, and I couldn't resist the temptation. What can I say? It's a Hurricane by Arma Hobby - Great kit and a very enjoyable building experience. Now I'm desperately trying to avoid buying the Arma Hobby Yak1b ! Thanks for looking. Time to head back. mike
  2. Trying something new here. "Here we will stand and fight; there will be no further withdrawal. I have ordered that all plans and instructions dealing with further withdrawal are to be burnt, and at once. We will stand and fight here. "If we can’t stay here alive, then let us stay here dead." -- Lieutenant General Bernard Law Montgomery, GOC 8th Army, 13 August 1942 As I said above, I'm building two Arma Hurricanes; the "old" MkI kit, and their new MkIIc, which is supposed to be excellent. The latter aircraft was the mount of Canadian ace Bert Houle, and the MkI was a tropical filter-equipped aircraft of the land-based Royal Navy Fighter Squadron, an amalgamation of Nos 803, 805, and 806 squadrons, with 803 and 806 flying Hurricanes, and 805 flying some leftover Martlets intended for Greece; both 803 and 806 would eventually trade in their Hurricanes for Fulmar IIs in Ceylon, to their intense dismay. I wanted to build the Arma kits to do my own small bit to remind people they exist, since right now Poland is more or less cut off from the rest of the world with the suspension of overseas deliveries by Polish Post. I note Arma are offering a gift card equal to 10% of your purchase towards a future purchase if you order from them, and they'll deliver as soon as human civilization returns to orderly functioning. I personally derive no benefit from this, I hasten to add, aside from the ability to continue buying Arma kits if we keep them afloat through this miserable garbage fire that's engulfed the world. So keep our friends in Poland in mind! Anyway, I got a quick start today (after noticing that Winston had left my scalpel embedded in the armrest of my grotto chair when he'd been wrecking the Lysander...may have to neuter him to see if it cuts down on this sort of thing), by washing the sprues and then spraying some AK Extreme Metal Dull Aluminium on some of the relevant bits: It was nice to see that the clear parts sprue seems to be identical in both kits -- no need to change what works. So here we go again.
  3. Just spotted the pre-order page for Arma Hobby's FAA Wildcat VI kits. https://www.armahobby.com/70032-wildcat-mk-vi-model-kit.html Decals include EDSG/DSG, and BPF Blue versions, once again combo offer for extra sprues. Arma is on a roll lately
  4. Some nice topics already in this GB, but sadly nothing Russian yet The new Arma Hobby Yak-1 fits the bill nicely as one scheme in the kit is from "Operation Berlin" 1945. I am talking about the Yakovlev Yak-1b from the 2nd Squadron, 1st Fighter Regiment "City of Warsaw" apparently flown by Sgt Patryk O'Brien! Looks like a very nice kit with some very delicate castings. So will be interesting to see how it builds. There is a bit of confusing information on white 13 which was donated by Professor Wolf Messinga which is the reason for the inscription under the canopy. The markings for this aircraft in the Arma Hobby kit are identical to the profile above. But in Polish Wings 20 on the Yak fighters, the date for this aircraft is given as May 1944 and not 1945 and the red stars are of a different style. But then I came across this picture of white 13 on the web. Compared to the pictures published in Polish Wings, the above picture shows the complete aircraft and also shows the same red stars as in the Polish Wings profile. Of interest is that Polish Wings has a picture published of white 12 and the setting, background and light conditions are identical to above picture and that picture is dated autumn 1945, so I assume above picture was taken also during autumn 1945! So it looks white 13 had a relative long life and I intend to show the aircraft as seen on the picture above - that is if I manage to finish it. Cheers, Peter
  5. Question for those more knowledgeable on the Hurricane. I have the Arma Hobby Mk.IIC kit, my cat managed to get his chompers into the wing, so instead of wasting the whole thing, I thought I'd make a Mk.IIB using the Arma Hobby Mk.I kit. My question is, is this a simple matter of just swapping out the fuselages and using the 4 spoke wheels? On a somewhat related note, did all Mk.I Hurricanes (metal wing) use the 5 spoke wheel? or did they later on start using the 4 spoked wheel? If so, any idea as to roughly when that transition would have happened? Many thanks in advance. Wm.
  6. Hello, Latest addition to my "done and dusted" list: PZL P.11c. Arma Hobby expert kit, painted with Vallejo Model Air, decals from spare box. Model represents one of the interned Polish airplanes that were pressed into service (Aeronautica Regala Romana – Romanian Royal Air Force) alongside locally produced P.11f, used at the beginning of the eastern campaign (summer 1941) and latter transfered to training duties. Comments are welcomed.
  7. Very nice new kit from Polish Arma Hobby company. Easily the best Hurricane kit in the scale. No filler needed if you take some care preparing the parts for gluing. The only shortcoming is clear parts that are a bit on the thick side. I've managed to spoil the original LK-A letters so these on the model are from quite old Legato kit. And I decided to do almost no weathering as I like this livery clean. Thanks for viewing!
  8. Hello! I've at last joined the Arma Hobby Hurricane gang, and enjoyed making this so much I've already ordered another kit to make their MkI! I decided to go for Stewart "Bomb" Finney's steed "Oops", he seems to have been quite an entertaining character and there are some cracking interviews with him on Youtube. I particularly enjoyed the anecdote about the wickerwork airfield... So the SAAF flying MkI Hurricanes eagerly awaited delivery of their MkIIc planes with four Hispano cannon installed, and must have thought it was a right swiz when they arrived with the outer two cannon missing! There's a photo of Oops with the tail all shot to ribbons, but being a Hurricane was repaired, probably with some canvas and dope, and flew again. The model is hairy sticked as usual with Humbrol enamels, then Gloss Cote before and after decals, weathered with watercolours then sealed with Matt Cote. I'm particularly pleased with the weathering on this, except for how it's highlighted the edges of the decal film, as you can probably see on the underside. I'm wondering if I used Humbrol Clear instead maybe this wouldn't happen, but then wouldn't the final coat of Matt Clear, being water based, lift the watercolours and ruin my weathering? I've always thought that water based weathering should go between solvent based varnishes, and vice versa - or could I paint a final layer of Matt Cote onto a model that has been sealed with Clear? If anyone has any experience and can advise I'd be very grateful, and as alway any useful feedback gladly accepted.
  9. Completed this afternoon. Excellent but it's a warning that limited run kits, no matter how much recommended, are not HaseTamiya in quality of moulding. The parts did not glide effortlessly glide together and all had to be prepared beforehand. Painted with Humbrol Hu155 Olive Drab and Hu248(?) RLM76 Decals were very good but no stencils.I cocked up the fuselage number but it's hardly discernible (and it's on the opposite side) First posting after years of lurking on the site. I've spent a long time trying to post this. I'll post more photos hopefully in the next few minutes
  10. Hurricane Mk.IIc (Expert Set) 70035 1:72 Arma Hobby Although somewhat less glamorous than the Supermarine Spitfire, it was the Hawker Hurricane that proved to be the backbone of the UK's air defences during the summer of 1940. Designed in 1935, the Hurricane was relatively advanced compared to other fighters in service at that point. It featured a fully enclosed cockpit, retractable undercarriage, eight .303 inch machine guns, a powerful liquid-cooled V12 engine and, most importantly, a cantilever monoplane. Despite its modern appearance, the design and manufacturing techniques were thoroughly conventional. This proved useful when it came to manufacture because the aircraft was easy to produce, repair and maintain. The Hurricane's first kill was achieved on 21st October 1939 when 46 Sqn found and attacked a squadron of Heinkel He115s over the North Sea. The Mk.IIC was a much improved version, armed with four 20mm cannon and equipped with the Rolls Royce Merlin XX engine, capable of developing almost 1,500hp. These aircraft were generally used for ground attack and night fighting duties as, despite the improvements, it couldn't quite compete with the best the Luftwaffe had to offer. Arma Hobby hail from Warsaw, Poland. Although a relatively new name to the hobby, I've been mightily impressed with their products and in particular the way they manage to combine fine detail with ease of assembly. The moulded plastic parts are as well-made as anything I've seen from the big names in the hobby, with crisp panel lines and a finesse of finish that really helps their kits to stand out. This makes for appealing kits that you really want to build as soon as you handle the plastic. As this is an Expert Set, you get extra decal options, paint masks and a small fret of brass parts too. The decals look excellent and the full-colour instructions are equally impressive. Although this kit follows on from Arma Hobby's earlier Hurricane Mk.I, as the kit is presented on a single frame of parts it is to all intents and purposes an entirely new model. Construction starts with the wing and the main landing gear wheel well. This is assembled and sandwiched between the surfaces of the single span upper and lower wing. With the wings assembled, construction moves on to the cockpit. Some of the parts, such as the rudder pedal and control column, are added onto the floor that is moulded as part of the upper wing, while the remaining parts including the instrument panel, seat and structural framework are sandwiched between the fuselage halves. The small fret of photo etched parts comes into play at this juncture, providing the seat harnesses, instrument panel, compass and throttle control. Once the fuselage halves have been joined, the previously assembled main wing can then be added, along with the vertical and horizontal tail. The rudder is a solid part, while the elevators are moulded separately. The tail wheel and main wheels can now be added. Flat spots are moulded in place on the main wheels, and as this is part of Arma Hobby's 'Expert Set' range, pre-cut paint masks are provided for all of the wheels. Once the landing gear doors have been added, the radiator and carburettor intake can be assembled. Again the photo etch comes into play, providing parts for the latter as well as the landing lights, exhaust flame shields and pilot's footstep. The tropical air filter for HV560 can also be added at this stage. Last but not least, the four 20mm cannon barrels, the propeller and spinner and the aerial mast can be added, as well as the two-part canopy for which masks are provided. The decal options include: Hurricane Mk IIc, BE500/LK-A, 87 Squadron RAF, Spring 1942, flown by Squadron Leader Denis Smallwood. This aircraft is finished in overall black; Hurricane Mk IIc, BE500/LK-A, 87 Squadron RAF, Operation Jubilee, Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942, flown by Squadron Leader Denis Smallwood and Flight Sergeant Henryk Józef Trybulec. This aircraft is finished in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over black; Hurricane Mk IIc, Z3899/JX-W, 1 Squadron RAF, November 1941. This aircraft is finished in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Medium Sea Grey; and Hurricane Mk IIc trop, HV560/FT-Z, 43 Squadron RAF, Maison Blanche, Algieria, December, 1942, flown by Squadron Leader Michael "Micky" Rook. This aircraft is finished in Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky Blue. The decals are superbly printed and a full set of stencils is included. Conclusion I'm always glad to see an Arma Hobby kit in my review boxes as, in my experience they really kit the sweet spot between detail and buildability. The care and attention they take with the design and production of each model is a key feature of their kits, and this is no exception. The amount and quality of detail on offer is easily on a par with their competitors, but the kit is not over-engineered and should be easy to build as a result. The decal options are excellent too. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Hello good people, Here are a few pictures of my just-completed 1:72 Sea Hurricane MK Ia by Arma Hobby. Its a pretty nice kit, well detailed, and pretty forgiving to build. I built mine to represent a machine from Royal Navy's training squadron No. 760, stationed at Yeovilton, England in early 1942. I'm not entirely sure if I'm correct, but I believe no. 760 was the unit where pilots trained for hurricat duty. Hurricats were hurricanes modified for catapult launch from modified transport ships sailing in the North Atlantic convoys. In case of air attack or snooping from FW Condors, a hurricat would be launched to intercept. The plane would then either be flown to land, or ditched in the water. Sound's like a cold and horrible way to die, to me. Photos of no. 760's aircraft show that they were pretty worn out, with lots of paint patches, and in some cases, whole sections of different aircraft frankensteined together into a flying machine. Here is a photo of the actual plane. And here is my interpretation. I found this model incredibly difficult to photograph, the FAA camouflage seems to absorb light. I'm too lazy to reset my photo booth, so these will have to do. and here is the Arma Hobby kit with its Airfix stablemate, built about 6 years ago, My model was painted with Hataka Red line paints. I found these to be pretty easy to use, but I thinned them with windshield wiper fluid. They are far more robust than Vallejo acrylics, but don't spray as well as Gunze and Tamiya, my typical go-to paints. Like Vallejo paints, though, the Hataka paint was great for hand brushing, and due to their robustness, I will be getting more for detail painting. Weathering was done primarily with oil dot filters. Thanks for looking.
  12. Hi all Been working on this. It is a model of V7421/W-2D from 760 Squadron FAA, Naval Air Fighter School, RNAS Yeovilton, Summer 1942. This is a lovely Kit and unusual with the replacement Cowling in Dark Green/Dark Earth with the Temperate Sea Scheme. The model is built OOB apart from the Seatbelts and aerial wire. I have also used laser glaze on the fuselage spine light and the light on the rudder. Painted with Humbrol enamels and weathered with oil wash and powders. This was an enjoyable kit and the last two photos are of it with the recent build of an Airfix early Fabric winged Mk1 which has been finished with the addition of the bead for the sight and the light on the rudder glazed, another lovely kit. Hope you enjoy Thanks for looking in All the best Chris
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Yakovlev Yak-1B (Expert Set) 1:72 Arma Hobby Prior to the outbreak of WWII, the Yakovlev Design Bureau was best known for designing and building lightweight recreational and sporting aeroplanes. Starting with the Yak-2/Yak-4 light bomber, Yakovlev used this experience to create a sequence of successful, lightweight aircraft which used composite construction to reduce weight. The fighter aircraft produced during this period were largely compact and highly maneuverable. While the development of the new aircraft was not without difficulty, by the time Operation Barbarossa got underway over 400 Yak-1s had ben constructed, although not all were operational. In contrast to the MiG-3, the Yak-1 excelled at low altitude combat, with just 17 seconds required to perform a full circle. Although lightly armed by western standards, the Yak-1 was popular with Soviet pilots. It went on to be developed into the Yak-7, Yak-9 and Yak-3, with over 37,000 examples constructed in total. Arma Hobby are a manufacturer of kits from Warsaw, Poland. Although a relatively new name in the hobby, I have to say I've been mightily impressed by the kits of theirs that I've seen so far. This kit looks to be no different. The plastic parts are as well-made as anything I've seen from any of the big names, with fine and crisp panel lines and no obvious flaws anywhere. The decals look excellent and the full-colour instructions are equally impressive. One of the main differences between Arma Hobby and the likes of Eduard is the engineering and breakdown of parts, which is nowhere near as complex as the Czech manufacturer. This makes for a kit that seems immediately appealing and shouts 'build me' as soon as you handle the plastic. As this is an Expert Set, you get extra decal options, paint masks and a small fret of brass parts too. Construction gets underway with the cockpit. Most of the characteristic internal framework is moulded onto the inside of the fuselage halves, but there are separate parts for some of the structures which helps to add depth and realism. Some of the photo etched parts are used to add extra detail. The instrument panel also benefits from a multi-layered photo etched enhancement. The pilot's seat also benefits from photo etched harnesses. In common with other kits of this type, the lower part of the cockpit, including the pilot's seat pan, rudder pedals and control column, all have to be fitted to the area between the wings, which is moulded in place betwen the wing halves. As both the upper and lower wings halves are moulded with both port and starboard joined up, aligning the wings should be no problem. Detail isn't compromised by this approach, partly because the level of moulded detail is so good and partly because the aeroplane is so small anyway. Moving away from the wings, the upper cowling is moulded as a separate part to the fuselage, while the engine exhausts slot in from either side. All of the control surfaces are moulded in place, which means although they are beautifully detailed, they can't be posed. There are photo etched parts to add extra detail to the radiator and oil cooler. Although the undercarriage doesn't benefit from any such treatment, it is nonetheless nicely detailed. The canopy is nice an clear but is moulded in once piece, which means it can't be finished in the open position - a surprising decision for what is otherwise a very nicely detailed kit. The decal options include: Yak-1B No.4, 1 Squadron, Polish 1st Fighter Regiment, WO Edward Chromy, Zadybie Stare Airfield, Summer 1944. This aircraft is finished in two-tone grey over blue; Yak-1B No.13, 2 Squadron, Polish 1st Fighter Regiment, Sgt Patryk O'Brien, Operation Berlin, 1945. This aircraft is also finished in two-tone grey over blue; Yak-1B No.2, 148 IAP, Capt. Leonid Smirnof, Kuban, Spring 1943. This aircraft is finished in two-tone green over blue; Yak-1B captured aircraft (as per Capt. Leonid Smirnof above) in German markings; Yak-1B No.26, 31 GIAP, Maj. Boris Yeryomin, Soldovka, Stalingrad Front, December 1942. This aircraft was overpainted with white; and Yak-1B No.6, GC3 Normandie, Albert Durland, Khatenki, Summer 1943. This aircraft is finished in two-tone green over blue with 'fish scale' mottling on the cowling. The decals are superbly printed and a full set of stencils is included. Conclusion Just like the other Arma Hobby kits I've seen, this is a very high quality model. It is apparent that Arma Hobby have produced a model that should be easy to build without compromising on detail. The quality of manufacture is excellent; I'd go as far as saying that if these sprues had fallen out of a Tamiya or Eduard box, I doubt you would notice much difference. The decal options are excellent too. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  16. Fokker E.V Lozenge (Limited Edition) 1:72 Arma Hobby The Fokker E.V was a German parasol-winged fighter which entered service during the final months of the First World War. The aircraft was delivered to Jasta 1, Jasta 24 and Jasta 36 in late July 1918. Leutnant Emil Rolf scored the first victory with the type on 17 August 1918, but was killed two days later when his aircraft's wing collapsed in flight. Following another similar failure, the wing failure was investigated and found to have been caused by poor construction techniques. Once remedied, deliveries continued, but with the aircraft now known as the Fokker D.VIII. Although relatively few aircraft were completed in time to see service, some were captured by Polish forces and employed during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-20. This is the first Arma Hobby kit that I've seen, and I have to say I am extremely impressed. The plastic parts are as well-made and as detailed as anything I've seen from any of the big names such as Eduard or Tamiya. Panel lines are fine and crisp and there are no obvious flaws anywhere. The decals look excellent, while the full-colour instructions are equally impressive. The only downside is the box, which is about as robust as the box that comes with a Big Mac. Thanks to MyHermes, my copy is well and truly squished. Inside the frangible box is just the one sprue, as well as the decals and instructions. Construction gets underway by fitting the internal framework into the sides of the fuselage. The lower fuselage/cockpit floor follows suite, along with the pilot's seat, rudder pedals and control column. The level of detail is very good for the scale and diminutive size of the aircraft. The upper-front part front part of the fuselage is moulded separately and the forward struts for the parasol wing are moulded as part of this section, which should help with alignment. The pair of Spandau machine guns are very nicely rendered too. Further evidence of clever engineering is present in the landing gear sub-assembly. The fore and aft struts on either side are joined by a fine piece of sprue in order to ensure they are angled correctly. A small plastic jig fits between the port and starboard sides, thus ensuring everything lines up perfectly. Once the glue is set, the small pieces of sprue and the plastic jig can be cut away, resulting in (hopefully) perfectly aligned landing gear. The rudder, elevators and parasol wing are all solid parts, with just two struts used to support the tail and a further two to support the wing. The engine is a two-part affair and is very nicely done, while there is a choice of two propellers. The colourful decal options include: Fokker E.V 193/18 "002" 7. Eskadra Lotnicza, Lvov-Lewandowka Airbase, May 1919; Fokker E.V 158/18 "003" 7. Eskadra Lotnicza, Lvov-Lewandowka Airbase, April-June 1919; Fokker E.V 156/18, Jagdstaffel 6, August 1918; and Fokker E.V Jagdstaffel 8. As captured by the French Air Force. The decals themselves deserve special mention, particularly as this is what this version of the kit is all about. The sheet that contains the markings and stencils is excellent, but the real star of the show is the second sheet, which contains decals for the lozenge scheme. The sheet is superbly printed and the decals that represent the wood veneer parts are truly something to savour. Conclusion If this kit is representative of what Arma Hobby are capable of, then I can't wait to see what else they produce. This is a very high quality kit and it is immediately apparent that Arma Hobby have taken a lot of time and effort to produce a very detailed kit that should also be straightforward to built. The decal options are excellent too. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  17. Arma Hobby (http://www.armahobbynews.com/) is to release a 1/48th Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze - PZL P.1 resin kit - ref. AH49001 Source: http://www.armahobbynews.com/2013/12/148-scale-pzl-p-1-and-other-2014-news/ V.P.
  18. I have been eagerly anticipating the Arma Hobby Hurricane since it was announced and have done a combined order with a friend of mine to get an expert kit and some overtrees. I also stocked up on Hurricne I decals as now this kit has been released, I can now do all the Hurricanes I ever wanted to. Unfortunately the Hurricanes were delivered to my friends house the day after I went up to see him and haven’t had the chance to revisit him so I did the only logical thing. I ordered another one! This arrived on Monday and it went straight to the top of the stack. Hopefully I can get it built for the Huddersfield Halifax show next month. I’ll be painting it up as P3119 which is an all black Hurricane serving with 87 Sqn with the code VY X at Gravesend late 1940 and will be using the excellent Aviaeology decals from the Vital Storm Early Hurricanes collection part 1. Lets take a look at what’s in the box. Box Art. Main sprue. Small Sprue Clear Sprue Decals, Etch and Masks I’m really impressed by this kit and think it must be the best 1:72 metal wing Hurricane I out there. Time to offload my Alleycat Metal Wing Hurricane conversion for the Airfix kit as I won’t need it....... It has some lovely detail. Correct shape wheel wells and a decently shaped canopy and windscreen. Probably the best available in this scale so far. There are also plenty of options as well with this kit. Choices of prop and spinner as well as a tropical filter. I can’t wait to get started.....
  19. "Hauptmann Tietzen, my Staffel commander alone has nineteen [sic] [aerial victories]! I witnessed most of his kills. It is fantastic, the way he shoots. He is the boss, he moves us into position and selects the victims, and we have to do little more than cover him...During the last few days the British have been getting weaker, though individuals continue to fight well. Often the Spitfires give beautiful displays of aerobatics. Recently I had to watch in admiration as one of them played a game with thirty Messerschmitts, without itself ever getting into danger; but such individuals are few. The Hurricanes are tired old 'puffers'." -- Leutnant Hans-Otto Lessing, II.JG/51, 17 August 1940 When they finally come to destroy the earth They'll have to go through you first I bet they won't be expecting that -- OK Go, "Invincible" On 18 August 1940, the Battle of Britain's hardest day, when the losses for both sides were heaviest, seven Hurricanes of 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron and eight more from 32 Squadron attempted to break through German fighters escorting 58 Dornier 17s of KG2 over Herne Bay. It was an unequal contest. Four jagdgeschwaders of Bf 109s swept in to attack the RAF fighters as they climbed to meet the enemy; Flight Lieutenant George Stoney, leading 501 into action, was separated from his comrades and shot down and killed, one of nineteen members of 501 to lose their lives during the Battle of Britain, more casualties than any other participating squadron. Severely outnumbered, the other Hurricanes were unable to cut their way to the bombers. But they did not leave empty-handed. Pilot Officer Pawel Zenker, who had flown fighters in defence of Poland in 1939, where he had shot down a Henschel 126, headed straight for the escorting German fighters and got behind a Bf109. In his combat report, he wrote that the Messerschmitt "turned back towards France and I chased him as he climbed firing from 300 [yards] and closer ranges and about 10 miles over the sea I saw smoke and fire come from the fuselage and he rapidly lost height. The Me 109 did not adopt evasive action but flew straight on until it crashed into the water somewhere near the North Goodwin Lightship." Hauptmann Horst Tietzen, Staffelkapitan of 5./JG51, the fourth-highest scoring pilot in the Luftwaffe, with seven victories over Spain and twenty more claimed since the start of the war, was dead. Pilot Officer Stefan Witorzeńć, who had been a flying instructor in Poland in 1939, was flying as Red 2 on F/L Stoney's wing when he was bounced by two 109s. Throwing his Hurricane about the sky, he outmaneuvered both of them in a diving, turning fight that dropped in altitude from 14,000 feet to 10,000 feet. As he regained height, he found himself below and abeam a 109; he gave it a long burst of fire from the Hurricane's eight machine guns, at 150 yards. The 109 tried to turn away in a shallow dive, a fatal mistake against a Hurricane. Witorzenc followed hot on its heels and gave it another long burst from dead astern; it burst into flames and crashed near Wingham, where it exploded. Leutnant Hans-Otto Lessing, with four victory claims, had written a letter to his parents the day before, describing the RAF's Hurricanes as "tired old puffers". Now he was dead. Pawel Zenker was last seen chasing a an enemy aircraft out to sea on 24 August, 1940; aged twenty-five, he never returned to grow old. Perhaps he waits in Avalon with Arthur to this day. Stefan Witorzeńć survived the war and, after a period of imprisonment, served with the postwar Polish Air Force; he died in 1994. I'll be building three Hurricanes from 501 Squadron using the new kit from Arma. Unfortunately, decals for Zenker (possibly P3208/SD-T) and Witorzeńć's (L1868/SD-D) machines on the day aren't available, but there was a fair degree of mobility in the squadron, and it's likely that of the three decal options I have for 501 (two in the kit and one in the excellent set of Stanislaw Skalski decals), Zenker and Witorzeńć probably flew in at least one of them once. In any case, the aircraft in question have distinguished pedigrees regardless, having been flown by the Polish aces Stanislaw Skalski DSO DFC (18 victories and offficially Poland's highest-scoring ace) and Antoni "Toni" Głowacki DFC DFM (8 victories), who famously became an ace in a day after shooting down three 109s and two Ju88s on 24 August 1940. Skalski died in 2004 in Poland; Glowacki, in 1980 in New Zealand. It would perhaps be foolish to think that building what is after all a plastic toy could be in any way a meaningful tribute to the men and boys who flew the Hurricane in the Battle of Britain, whether they were a thousands miles or more from home or whether their parents saw them fight and die in the skies above their childhood homes. But howevermuch an act of love and admiration it can be, let this build be that. If you wish to hear George Stoney's voice seventy-nine years after his death, he gave a short talk for the BBC on 3 August 1940: He was twenty-nine and had fifteen days left to live. I just received my first order of kits from the mailroom here at work. Shall we begin?
  20. 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
  21. Just a quick note to say we still get new kits in stock whenever we can! Here's a few recent releases that are all available at discounted prices! Airfix 1/48 - Hunter (sold out but can be ordered) Airfix 1/72 - Phantom FGR.2, Me262B-1a/U1 Arma Hobby 1/72 - Hurricane Mk I (both Expert and Junior kits) KP 1/72 Ju52 (ex Italeri) Special Hobby 1/72 - Kittyhawk Mk III, Do27 (Israeli) https://mjwmodels.co.uk/ thanks Mike
  22. Hi guys; These are my first two kits finalized in 2019. Excellent kits. Work done in just one week. I used Yahu panels and the Hataka acrylic set. Very good start 2019 with lovely kits. Congratulations Arma Hobby! Cheers!
  23. PZL P.11c (70015 & 70016) 1:72 ARMA HOBBY For its time the PZL P.11 was briefly the most advanced fighter of its type in the world. While many nations were still using bi-planes Warsaw based PZL had designed and built an all metal high gull winged monoplane fighter. The high wing provided the pilot with a good field of view and the single wing less drag that the bi-plane fighters of the time. The type drew orders from overseas as well as Poland. The aircraft was ordered by Roumania with the Romanian IAR building them under license as well. However by the time of the German invasion of Poland the type was outclassed by the Bf 109 and the majority of the Polish Air Force was lost fighting bravely against the invasion; though up to 36 were flown to Roumania. The Kit This is a new tool kit from ARMA Hobby. This is offered in a "Junior Set" comprising the Kit, PE, and 2 decal options; or the "Expert Set" with kit, PE, Masks and 4 decals options. The kit is well moulded with the right level of detail to my eye in this scale. Construction starts in the cockpit area. The floor is matched with the rudder pedals, the seat and control column are then added to this. PE seat belts are provided. Inside the fuselage halves the tubular support structure is then added, once this is in the cockpit section can then be placed in and the fuselage joined together. At the top of the fuselage the pilots head rest is then added. On the underside an insert is added which contains the landing gear struts, This is good engineering as the modeller does not have to worry about getting the angle of the struts right, or waiting for them to set. At the front of the fuselage the engine is placed in its cowl and the whole lot is added. The wheels and tail skid are also added. The windscreen is added along with the two part main wing. The two main struts each side can then be added. A few detail parts then complete the build. Markings There are printed by Techmod so should pose no problems. 2 marking option are provided for the Junior kit 121 Eskadra Myśliwska 2 /39-K 8.63 (Waclaw Szczepan Krol) 122 Eskadra Myśliwska 8 /142-K 8.34 (Cadet Wladyslaw Chciuk) For the Expert kit there are 4 options; 113 Fighter Sqn., Pursuit Brig. 10 / 170-N 8.70 (poruczik Hieronim Dudwal) One of the Sqn.s of the Pursuit Brigade. 3 / 62-W 8.138 131 Fighter Sqn. 4 / 804-P (Lt. Henryk Bibrowicz and 2nd Lt. Lech Grzybowski) 141 Fighter Sqn. 55 / 504-T 8.108 (Cpt. Florian Laskowski) Conclusion It is great to see this important Polish Aircraft being kitted by a Polish company. Highly recommended. Junior Set Expert Set Review samples courtesy of
  24. Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (70019) 1:72 ARMA Hobby Expert Set The Hurricane was at the outbreak of WWII the RAFs most numerous fighter however it has always stood in the shadow to some degree of the Spitfire. Designed by the legendary Sir Sydney Camm. Following an already distinguished record of designing aircraft for the RAF (it is said 84% of the 1930s RAF Flew in his aircraft) he took the latest technology of jointed tubes to make the basic structure of the monoplane Hurricane. The prototype aircraft flew in 1935 and was ordered into production in 1937 with thankfully enough available by the time war broke out. The Hurricane would turn out to be a adaptable design with Naval, catapult, large bore cannon, and bomber versions being developed. The Hurricane would fight in all theatres of WWII with nearly 14500 being built by the end of the war. The Kit This is a new tool kit from ARMA Hobby which seems to have garnered good reviews. The kit arrives on a main plastic sprue, a clear sprue, a small sheet of PE, masks and decals. The moulds are crisp with what feels like the right level of detailing and recessed panel lines for this scale. Construction starts with the main wheel well. This is assembled and placed into the single part main upper wing. The main landing gear legs and their retracting struts can then be added. The single part lower wing can then be added on. Construction then moves onto the cockpit. The seat is added to its armour and PE belts are added. The multipart instrument panel is then built up. Inside the main fuselage halves the tubular framework for the cockpit is added in along with other cockpit controls. The rudder pedal can be added to the floor, then this and the instrument panel along with the seat are added in and the main fuselage can be closed up. The main wing can then be added along with the rudder and tailplanes. he tail wheel and main wheels can now be added (masks are provided for all the wheels). The main under carriage doors can then be added. The large belly mounted radiator is then built up and added. The small intake is added for the 3 RAF machines, or the large tropical one for the SAAF one. Exhaust and the landing lights are then added. The canopy has small PE handles to add and masks are provided for all the glazing. Both a Rotol & de Havilland propeller are provided, A PE oil collector ring is also provided if the modeller want to use it. Also PE exhaust flame shields are provided if needed, Markings There are printed by Techmod so should pose no problems. 4 marking option are provided for the Junior kit P3059 501 Sqn RAF August 1940 V7234 501 Sqn RAF, August 1940 (Sgt Glowaki with 6 confirmed & 1 damaged enemy aircraft) R4175 303 Polish Sqn RAF,1940. Sgt Frantisek 284/J 3 Sqn SAAF Kenya 1941 Conclusion It is great to see this important aircraft being kitted by a new manufacturer. The kit seems to have been very well received by modellers. Very Highly recommended. Expert Set Review sample courtesy of
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