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An Oldie- Monogram 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIC SAAF


LorenSharp

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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.:clif: So lets see whats I gots wit dis.

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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.

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Ohhh yeah. movable props AND landing gear! For the time period the details not that bad. it's biggest drawbacks are , you guessed it, the Cockpit and Gear bays. But should beable to do something, even if you never get to see it once everythings closed up.

I have one other build an Airfix Spitfire Vb Tropical. I'm expecting a new set of decals for it in todays mail. As soon as I get them I'll post that one as well.:yahoo:

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Thanks James, It's a simple little kit. I've built it a number of times in the past since it first came out. This time I want to see if I can improve it a little. It's not an Airfix kit by any means and has its quirks. Speaking of quirkiness , lets see what type of Franensense Monster I've created.

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The monogram kit really doesn't have either a cockpit, or wheel bays to speak of. So those two areas are what I want to improve upon. First the cockpit. you honestly won't see much once the canopy is in place but I thisk I can do better than a simple bacl plate that the pilot was glued to.

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I added a floor and a rudimentary tubular from from card stock and plastic rod. The seat I dug out of the spares box.

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I didn't mess with the instrument panel much, It's just a decal that's supposed to be places on a blank area of the cockpit. I cut some sheet stock to make a better backing.

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For the control column A bit of plastic rod, and for the ring handle I cut a thin segment from the tip of a plastic pipette and a small piece of wire.

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The some 1mm kabuki tape for the harness'

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I decided not to add the frame ribbings in the cockpit as it wouldn't be seen.

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Now for the gear bay. I wanted to show some detail but still be able to move the landing gear If I chose. So I started by framing the bat with plastic strip then made the interior upper portion from a piece of sheet stock notched out for the gear's bracing. 

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The framing from thinner rod and strip. and also added the 20mm guns at this point.

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Now just a matter of gluing all the bits together. Suprisingly for a 59 year old kit the fit is very good, and no flash so far. I wish I could say the same for some "Modern" kits.

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There are a few gaps that will need tending to but not overly hateful.

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A bit of Alclad II Aluminum for the wells.

 

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some lovely scratch building work loren, really well done. makes a huge difference.

 

i think that antenna locating pin in the mid fuselage is a brilliant idea from monogram too, - i love it. 😊 or is that a custom addition by yourself too?

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16 hours ago, Dansk said:

some lovely scratch building work loren, really well done. makes a huge difference.

 

i think that antenna locating pin in the mid fuselage is a brilliant idea from monogram too, - i love it. 😊 or is that a custom addition by yourself too?

Thanks Paul. Nope I can't take credit for the antenna. That's all Monograms

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I ran out of my usual white filler and had to go back to an old stand by the red stuff.

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I'm not particularly fond of the red as its harder to cover with pant and the red dust is more noticeable. From there I did a little bit of pre-shading.

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Then once dried  some very old Polly S Middlestone followed with Mig-Ammo Dark Earth.

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Adding the exhaust pipes after painting a base colour of Alclad II Exhaust Manifold then a misting of Pale Burnt Metal. The cannons I used Alclad II Steel. It gives a nice Dark shde to metal thats been very hot for a long time.

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53207581062_5b277e016f_c.jpg The undersides got a coat of Mig-Ammo Azure blue. The colour though II don't like. I doesn't look it in the photo, but the shade is closer to a light lavender. And looking online I managed to see what Azure Blue is supposed to look like and its not this. To correct I thinned down Air Superiority Blue and light misted over the base coat to act as a filter and tone the  Azure blue that looks blue now. The colour might be fine for WWL German aircraft or maybe armour but for British Desert colours, nope.

 

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After getting the prop on and painting the canopy, I gave everything a gloss lacquer coat in preparation for the decals and weathering.

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Something I forgot to show earlier, I drill out the intake to the oil cooler on the chin nd stuffed a small piece of brass mesh for  a screen.

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I had to scrounge in the spares box for some type of squadron lettering . The SAAF marking were for a 1946 unit. This meant i also had to change the roundels on the underside. It took a bit of MIcro Sol to get everything to settle over the raised detail. I'll let these dry over night then finish this up tomorrow with weathering and a matte varnish coat along with any other little bits I  forgot to add. The finish line is almost in sight.

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Thanks Craig. This may be an old kit by todays standards, but with a little spit and polish, it works up to an acceptable level. Which also means boys and girls its time to give the last installment of my desert trilogy.

After having gotten the decals to finally settle down I did the same as my other two builds. First a dark wash, since this has heavily raised detail, most of the wash went to control surfaces. Although some of the wash did help to begin the "dirtying process" by adding some grime to everything. Then a light misting with some Vallejo Beige and an AK Pacific Sand wash to build up the sandy dirtiness. I then took a hairy stick and some Tamiya Flat Aluminum and added wear and tear to areas of high useage, wing wak areas, around the canopy and around the engine cover panels. The last thing I did was to give everything a Matte Varnish before using Oily Black for the engine grime and around the guns.

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53210952974_ae901e5634_c.jpg Thanks for following along on this little jaunt. And also thanks for all the comments and encouragements along the way. I'll have the final images up in the Gallery monetarily. But before that I want to thank @Dansk, @modelling minion, and our own @Enzo the Magnificent for putting on this little sandy clambake. I don't know if I'll be able to get  another build in before it closes up shop for the year, but if not, Stay safe, stay healthy, and Model on! :pilot:

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Well you've done it again Loren, another fantastic result from a model that many wouldn't give a second glance.

The Hurricane has long been a favourite of mine and I have a liking for WWII era SAAF markings with their orange centres so this was always going to be of interest to me and you haven't let me down.

Thanks again for your participation and for producing such a great model.

Very well done.

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