Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Battle of Britain 65 Year
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||Kit No. 4103 - Hawker Hurricane Mk.
I Battle of Britain 65 Year Anniversary
|Contents and Media:
parts in gray styrene, 13 parts in gray colored resin Vac-formed clear
parts for two different canopies (two each) and landing lights.
Instructions, decal sheet and painting guide.
||Well done fabric surfaces. Separate
elevators and rudder.
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Classic Airframes' 1/48
Fabric Wing Hurricane Mk.I
is available online from Squadron.com
On September 9, 1940, there were scattered showers
with thunder in the East, but the Channel weather was fair. But the
German bombing attacks were generally unsuccessful. On that date, the
Hawker Hurricane was available in numbers greater than any other
aircraft in service with the RAF. There were nearly 400 Hurricanes in
service, with about half as many Spitfires. To say that the Hurricane
was the backbone of the RAF at the time is an understatement.*
To honor the Hawker Hurricane, on this the 65th
anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Classic Airframes has reissued its
popular Mk. I rag wing Hurricane. I understand that this will be a
release that is quite limited in the number of kits available.
The kit is exactly the same kit that
I reviewed nearly two years ago. The only difference is the
inclusion of new decals.
There are two different markings, but only one is
for a Battle of Britain aircraft. The other set of marking will make
for a quite unique looking Hurricane.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The first set of marking is for a Hurricane of 56
Squadron at Rochford, Kent on the 8th of August 1940. This
aircraft is N2400 / US*T. It is described as being in the standard
scheme of Dark Green, Dark Earth and Sky. The propeller for this
aircraft is the three bladed De Havilland prop. The aircraft carries
the Type A fuselage roundel with the narrow yellow surround. The fin
flash is the full height of the fin.
The other set of markings is for a Hurricane in
overall aluminum dope and polished metal. It is coded G-AFKX. This
aircraft was used for propeller trial in 1939 and has the Rotol three
bladed prop with the distinctive bulbous spinner.
Neither aircraft has the keel, but both appear to
use the early ejector style exhausts.
Having built four Classic Airframes Mk. I
Hurricanes, I find that it builds into a very nice model with
surprisingly little effort for a limited run kit. The only real problem
being the fitting of part 30, the crankcase face.
If you missed out on the first issue of the Mk. I
rag wing, then this will be an opportunity to get one. Regardless of
the markings you use, this is a great addition to any RAF or Battle of
Battle of Britain Web Site
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