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Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane/Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc


Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane/Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc

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Detailed kit from Airfix of the Hawker Hurricane/Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc which includes markings for the following aircraft:

  • No.34 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, Imphal, India, 1943-44.
  • "Nicki", No.835 NAS, HMS Nairana, 1944.
  • No.43 Squadron, RAF, Tangmere, 1942.

Read a Review of the Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane/Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc

Review by Mike Williams.

The Hurricane was the unsung hero of the battle of Britain, being in more plentiful supply than the more glamorous Spitfire, and shooting down proportionally more of the incoming bomber streams.

Fans of the aircraft in this scale have been waiting for a new tool of this aircraft for a while, and it's fitting that Airfix should come up with this, their latest release. The kit has been out for a few weeks now, and as such the pros & cons of it have been discussed at great length.

While there are some errors in the kit's research, they aren't (in my opinion) "deal breakers", and the majority can be fixed with the application of just a little modelling skill. After all, what kit is perfect?

The kit is presented in Airfix's now standard red box, and comprises of 3 grey sprues and one small sprue of clear parts. There is no noticeable flash evident, and the moulding is hard edged, with the major panel lines being perhaps a little deep for some, but that should reduce markedly with the application of primer and then subsequent layers of paint.

The optional parts allow you to build a Sea Hurricane, which requires a small chunk removing from the rear underside of the fuselage to accommodate the arrestor hook assembly. I understand that the catapult spools are not portrayed in the kit, so these would have to be scratch-built using your references, if you feel the need.

The cockpit is nicely detailed, having a single-piece cockpit floor, unlike the real thing. This has doubtless been simplified for injection moulding, but beats an empty cavity hands down. You also get a pilot, seperate seat and control column, plus a flat instrument panel with decal. A 3D instrument panel would have been nice, but at this scale, it should hardly notice - especially if you install the pilot figure.

The wheel bays are also boxed in, and while building the wings, you can install paired cannons, which is a nice touch, saving the modeller from having to line them up by eye. A test fit would pay dividends here in case the location points are a little undersize. Easier to do before the assembly is slick with glue!

The fabric portions of the fuselage are nicely done, however there is some discussion over where this should start, and the angle it meets the tail. If you are concerned over this, there is plenty of discussion on the matter on Britmodeller and other forums. I understand that the horns on the rear horizontal tails are incorrectly scribed at an angle, and should follow the hinge line. It's a simple fix with some filler and a scriber, or razor saw, and not of undue concern.

The spinner looks a little conical to my eye, lacking the shallow bulge of the real thing, but as always, a little sanding will resolve this nicely. The rest of the parts are well moulded, the decals look well, and you are provided sufficient to decal one of the following schemes:

EG-N, 34 Squadron SEAC, India November 1943/April 1944
FT-A 43 Squadron RAF Tangmere, August 1943
Sea Hurricane "Nicki" 835 NAS, HMS Nairana 1944

The Sea Hurricane is resplendent in white over sky, with a grey/green camo pattern left over the nose as an anti-glare panel. It also sports a set of invasion stripes, which look to be of good density on the sheet, although some of you might want to paint these on for ease.

Conclusion

A nicely moulded update of a classis British fighter that will find its way onto many a display shelf in short order. It has a few issues, but these are now well documented and the modeller can choose to fix them if they feel the urge.

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