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Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB

Hasegawa 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB

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The Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. Some production of the Hurricane was carried out in Canada by the Canada Car and Foundry Co Ltd.

The 1930s design evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft which acted as interceptor-fighters, fighter-bombers (also called "Hurribombers"), and ground support aircraft. Further versions known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications which enabled operation from ships. The Hurricane was significant in enabling the Royal Air Force to win the Battle of Britain in 1940, accounting for the majority of the RAF's air victories. About 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944 (including about 1,200 converted to Sea Hurricanes, and about 1,400 that were built in Canada). The Hurricane served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.

Hurricane IIB (Hurricane IIA Series 2)
Hurricane IIA Series 1 equipped with new and slightly longer propeller spinner and new wing mounting 12 .303-inch Browning machine guns. The first aircraft were built in October 1940 and were renamed Mark IIB in April 1941.

Hurricane IIB Trop.
For use in North Africa the Hawker Hurricane IIB (and other variants) were tropicalised. They were given engine dust filters and the pilots were issued a desert survival kit.