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Hello one and all,

So I've dug another kit out of my stash, I wanted a nice simple quick build, so decided on the above kit. I am going to use some aftermarket decals I've got and do some simple mods in order to convert it. 
The decals will be form Model Art Decals System and I hope to make it into a Hurricane Mk.I from the Free French Air Force in North Africa 1942.
Here are the customary photos of the box and its contains as well as the aftermarket decals.

A nice classic Matchbox kit!! A first for  me as an adult, I don't think I've done one of these since my childhood and even then I think my dad helped me slap some polycement on a BAC Strikemaster and called it done no paint maybe a decal or two. Anyway i digress here is the photo of the box that I picked up for £4 at SMW 16.

31378258421_fc24581a6d_c.jpgIMG_0533 by Neal, on Flickr

Instructions are pretty straightforwards, so even I shouldn't get lost!

31347529782_cd461b70f9_c.jpgIMG_0534 by Neal, on Flickr

31347529162_607c909429_c.jpgIMG_0535 by Neal, on Flickr

31378256271_345c43486c_c.jpgIMG_0536 by Neal, on Flickr


The kit decals seem to be in pretty good nick considering the age of the kit!
31378255691_a8fdc99b34_c.jpgIMG_0537 by Neal, on Flickr

The back of the box which depicts the kit proposed versions.
31378255331_2815a82c9d_c.jpgIMG_0538 by Neal, on Flickr

Time for a sprue tour, it will be quick as there aren't many. The panel lines are deeper than some of the Somme's trenchs, and the clear parts are about as transparent as the future trump administration!

31378249581_8eff5c6566_c.jpgIMG_0540 by Neal, on Flickr

31494449765_cdff2814c5_c.jpgIMG_0539 by Neal, on Flickr

31378254821_1345610c8d_c.jpgIMG_0541 by Neal, on Flickr

The kit is 10 years older than me!! #vintage
31378252301_6b09aa0bac_c.jpgIMG_0546 by Neal, on Flickr

Here are the decals I am going to use to on the kit, I bought them for the 1/72 Heller Mirage IV that is in the stash, so I thought I'd see how they behave by trying them on this build.

31378254501_bbb46d9e77_c.jpgIMG_0542 by Neal, on Flickr

31378253981_56e9272211_c.jpgIMG_0543 by Neal, on Flickr

31378253921_b296c28411_c.jpgIMG_0544 by Neal, on Flickr

31378252911_b05c203286_c.jpgIMG_0545 by Neal, on Flickr

Time to cut some styrene and get some glue and paint out! Hopefully the kit will go together ok and I can concentrate on the painting, dealing and weathering of the kit.

Neal




 

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I was expecting to see a third sprue with parts for the MkIID on it. Instead of which they are on the two main sprues, odd because when originally released the same kit did not offer the MkIID version.  

Best of luck with this, it is a nice kit, the only real thing that lets it down is the small canopy.

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I seem to remember building one of these as a kid, I had a collection of 1:72 Hurricanes. If I remember correctly it was a nightfighter version, with the name "Nightingale" on the side...I'll be following this one!

 

Ian

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Great project Neal, Jessica has rightly pointed out this is a later mark of Hurricane and the  differences between the two,if you

are happy to live with said differences remember not to fit the four wing guns as the Mk 1 did not have this feature,I built the new

Airfix Mk1 in this scheme it really looks different in French colours.

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6 hours ago, Jessica said:

Minor problem with your markings; they're for a Mk I, and the kit is a IIC. The Mk II's nose is longer, and the wing ammunition access panels are very different.

 

Hi Jessica,

Yeah I've been doing some research into this, from what I've found so far the Hurricane Mk.II nose was 4" longer than the  Mk.I due to the more powerful merlin. After some maths 4" = 101.6mm once into 1/72 scale that works out at 1.4mm, I think that I can live with that. 
As for the wings the only other Hurricane I have in the stash is the Airfix Mk.I with the rag wings, there are more differences in between that kit and the desired result than there are with ye olde matchbox here. However I will be nicking the spare spinner out of the Airfix box as the Mk.II's is quite noticeably larger than the Mk.I.

So I'm quite happy to live with a couple of out of place panel lines and a 1.4mm longer nose.

 

Neal

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So I've made a bit of a start on the Hurricane, so far so good really. It is a nice a simple kit and should go together quickly so long I do not make any major cock ups. 

First of all I did a few sub assemblies.

The sand filter (I think)
31493870675_6f747e506b_c.jpgIMG_0547 by Neal, on Flickr

The wings
31378251161_a56af6f850_c.jpgIMG_0548 by Neal, on Flickr


I sprayed the insides of the "cockpit" and the seat with enamel Humbrol 78 
31456405512_09172e8d5f_c.jpgIMG_0574 by Neal, on Flickr

31487237171_68fd580ed6_c.jpgIMG_0571 by Neal, on Flickr

I then painted the pilot by hand using a mix of Vallejo Model Air and Tamiya acrylics.
31378250491_86f399f175_c.jpgIMG_0549 by Neal, on Flickr

I than gave him quick wash of Citadel Agrax Eathshade
31487237671_14a8f932f6_c.jpgIMG_0569 by Neal, on Flickr

Also just out of interest I wanted to see how much of a difference there was in length of the nose when compared to a Mk.I so I got the fuselage of the newish tool Airfix Hurricane Mk.I and then put them side by side. I think I can live with the difference at this scale.
31456405252_2d6c7c0f62_c.jpgIMG_0575 by Neal, on Flickr

The wings came together nicely
31487236691_72ac869c94_c.jpgIMG_0572 by Neal, on Flickr
31487235881_c46fcba691_c.jpgIMG_0573 by Neal, on Flickr

Here is where I am at the moment, I plan on using the vokes sand filter leftover from a previous spitfire build instead of the kit one. Also I may use the prop and spinner from the above mentioned Airfix kit.
30793427363_6cf4d6dfa7_c.jpgIMG_0576 by Neal, on Flickr

 

Take care

Neal

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1 hour ago, Avereda said:

Is it just me or does the pre-wash pilot appear to the spit of James May?Drink has been partaken here so  I could be wrong.

I'll take that as a compliment! I wish I could say drink has been partaken but it does not mix well with codeine, so have another one on me!! lol

Cheers for the comment.

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Yes I'd say the manufacturers seem to have got the dimensions rightish. As I said in a previous post the difference in length of the nose should be about 1.4mm in 1/72 scale. I didn't bother to do the exact measurement as it doesn't look too wrong when compared to a Airfix Mk.I.

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Hey guys,

I have made a bit of progress on the Hurricane and here are the photos to show where I have got to.


31872983740_a885b37fde_c.jpgIMG_0629 by Neal, on Flickr

31407798624_d2f7d86017_c.jpgIMG_0631 by Neal, on Flickr

33285031376_04f900f204_c.jpgIMG_0684 by Neal, on Flickr
Primer on, the trustee Halfords grey spray can variety.
33285031246_1facb52b89_c.jpgIMG_0685 by Neal, on Flickr

33285030956_d50f9dbf45_c.jpgIMG_0686 by Neal, on Flickr

32523461434_7f60c7b8c6_c.jpg20170225-27 by Neal, on Flickr
Some preshading sprayed on the panel lines, never manage to seem to get it to break through the top coat right though.

32523460874_0385f83d6f_c.jpg20170224-26 by Neal, on Flickr

Masking up the underside after spraying xtracrylix Azure Blue on it.

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Looking good, but I'm still not convinced you can make it look like a MkI...2 cannon each side versus 4 mg's...just the cartridge ejectors under the wings and the access panels on top of the wings are glaringly different, and the nose is visibly longer...... Having said that, I probably wouldn't have known that had I not been building a MkI as we speak....

 

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Breathing new life into this Matchbox classic Neal,looking good!Here's how I tackled Airfix's 1/48 kit in the same scheme some good

input with photo's from our site Hurricane Guru's.Looking forward to seeing thisone progress.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996078-airfix-148-new-tool-ouragan-free-french-af/&

 

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11 minutes ago, stevej60 said:

Breathing new life into this Matchbox classic Neal,looking good!Here's how I tackled Airfix's 1/48 kit in the same scheme some good

input with photo's from our site Hurricane Guru's.Looking forward to seeing thisone progress.

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234996078-airfix-148-new-tool-ouragan-free-french-af/&

 

 

That's a cracking looking Hurricane that you have built there! I don't think that mine will look anyway near as good. 

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1 hour ago, NealParkes said:

 

That's a cracking looking Hurricane that you have built there! I don't think that mine will look anyway near as good. 

Thank's Neal,I think as we progress with our skills into more complex kit's and techniques we forget how great it is to grab a basic kit,

take it for what it is and enjoy which is what you seem to be doing so I'm sure it will look great,I'm starting a thirty year old Esci Phantom

next for an OOB build wart's and all!

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2 minutes ago, Jaffajake said:

As long as you're having fun with whatever kit you decide to build, that's all that matters. 

 

12 hours ago, NealParkes said:

I'm sure it is going to look like a MkI enough for me and I'm enjoying the build so that's the main thing!

 

Couldn't agree more, after all that's really what it's all about!

 

Ian

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So it's been a while since I'v had much time to sit at the bench. But I finally found some time and got some paint on the model. Here are the latest photos of the build:

 

33652022301_13f7baa9c4_c.jpgIMG_0758 by Neal, on Flickr

 

33652022031_43192445b6_c.jpgIMG_0757 by Neal, on Flickr

 

33652021321_8e5ebf6934_c.jpgIMG_0756 by Neal, on Flickr

 

32968512133_8f4dc8f64f_c.jpgIMG_0755 by Neal, on Flickr

 

The next step is to paint the inside of the wheel wells and the inside of the undercarriage doors, there seem to be quite some debate online when I've researched the colour to use. Some say aluminium, some say the underside colour and other say interior green. I'm going to use the latter one as it will contrast with the other colours already on the model.

 

Catch you soon.

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