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Hawker Hurricane racer completed (Academy+Lifelike Decals)


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Another model from about a year ago, more eye candy for the select audience of British subjects 😉

 

Here comes the Hurricane

(Or, as friend Patrice Roman said, a "Pacific Hurricane" 🙂

A very nice, inexpensive, well-detailed Academy kit that assembles quite well, with decals that are already in the market, so no need to reinvent the wheel this time.

An exciting departure one may say from the dull versions seen already to the point of indigestion.

For you heretics of the 1/48th sect, there is a Hasegawa kit -that has a few mistakes, though, check against photos.

Beware that this racer went through many changes, look at photos for details, like different exhausts, antenna, decoration, race number, mirror or not on the canopy, and so forth.

I used the wonderful Lifelike Decals Hurricane Pt.1 set, but taking only what I needed to create the first appearance of the plane, without race numbers, with only one "the last of the many" legends on one side, and a slightly different position -according to photos- of the wing registrations.

I added a rear-view mirror and a metal ring on the carb intake, again following photos.

A truly enjoyable kit, a very nice and well-behaved set of decals, a superb-looking civilized subject: modeling paradise.

What do you do to relax?

I read J. L. Borges, listen to baroque and contemporary music, watch British TV shows (Masterpiece Mysteries, among many), and Fellini's DVDs...and I build models.

And to relax of building models?

I build more models.

There is a surprising quantity of after-market sets for this kit that you can use to spice-up your build, like spinners, props, wheels, photo-etched galore, etc. I will ignore them all, since I want to keep things simple this time.

Did you know that this very plane was entered by Princess Margaret for racing purposes? Or that it was the last Hurricane ever built? Or that the English term "Hurricane" derives from Spanish "Huracán", that in turn derives from Caribbean native language "Hura-Kan", which means "Heart of Heaven", and was also the name of the god of storms?

Now you do.

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Edited by Moa
to correct mistake (thanks, Graham)
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That's a beautiful paint job! Really well done! What brand and colour of paint did you use for the blue? I don't see even a hint of orange peel in the paintwork, which is always my Achilles heel when doing glossy finishes.

 

I always thought the Academy kit was very good in profile, but you would never get a Merlin in that skinny nose. Did you try to pack out the fuselage width?

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3 hours ago, VMA131Marine said:

That's a beautiful paint job! Really well done! What brand and colour of paint did you use for the blue? I don't see even a hint of orange peel in the paintwork, which is always my Achilles heel when doing glossy finishes.

 

I always thought the Academy kit was very good in profile, but you would never get a Merlin in that skinny nose. Did you try to pack out the fuselage width?

I created my own mix of Blue with three different blues from the Model Master enamel range. I wish I could recall which ones.

Nope, didn't touch it. the kit is very nice as it is overall, and some times "corrections" of that sort do more damage than benefit. Some older kits I butcher to my pleasure, this was neat and sound, no need to mess up.

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Look great, well done. It's nice to see a model that shows how it would have looked in real life. The photos I have are either B&W or poor colour.

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