1/72 Hasegawa Hawker Hurricane Mk I

Gallery Article by Joe Youngerman

 

   The Hawker Hurricane is of legendary status so I won't bother covering that here other than to say I think Hasegawa has done a good job of representing this historic aircraft. While the kit has a few minor flaws, it definately looks the part when built up.

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   I chose to build mine with just a few minor improvements. I added a bit of scratchbuilt cockpit detail and a set of photo etch seatbelts from Eduard. From there I moved to the wings which need to have the outer shell ejection ports filled in as the Mk I did not  have the Mk IIb's extra outer wing guns. The access panels for those guns should be filled on the top of the wings also. The only other change I made to the kit was to use Aeromaster's Battle of Britain decal sheet to depict Pilot Officer V.M.M. Ortman's aircraft, flying with 229 Squadron from Northholt during the September/October 1940 period.

   Overall the kit goes together very quickly with virtually no filler needed except just a little around the wing to fuselage joint on the belly. I pre-shaded the panel lines and used Polly Scale British Dark Green and Model Master British Dark Earth for the top sides. For the undersides, Polly Scale Sky Type S was applied. A coat of Future was added and after waiting a couple of days, the decals were applied. The kit decals were used for all the roundels as Aeromaster's were very off register! This can be clearly seen if you look at the name applied just below the cockpit. Ortman's named the aircraft Be Be but this decal is very blurred...no it is not your eyesight fading! In hindsight, I should have just hand painted the name, as it was fairly simple. After using much setting solution to get  the Aeromaster decals to settle down, I applied a coat of Testors Flat to complete the job.

Joe Youngerman

      

Photos and text by Joe Youngerman