Monogram 1/48 Hawker Hurricane IIa…
July 15, 2014 in Aviation
Here is another of my old Monogram 1/48 kits from way back, the Hawker Hurricane (by the way, you’ll be happy to know I’m running out of these!). I put a bit more work into this one than I did on the FW 190. It has a scratch built cockpit (but with the kit decal instrument panel!), which barely shows in one of the photos. Also scratch built wheel wells.
This model depicts a Hurricane IIa of 71 ‘Eagle’ Squadron, RAF, in late 1940. 71 was one of the 3 ‘Eagle’ squadrons, manned by American volunteers that wanted to get into action against the Luftwaffe, before America was in the war. They equipped with Hurricanes in November 1940, and became operational in February 1941 at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey, moving to Martlesham Heath in April 1941.
Before I took these photos, I neglected to wash the model, and I should have, not for the overall finish, which was pretty good, but for the windscreen and canopy, which are a bit cloudy. However, after washing, they didn’t appear that much better, so here they are! Of course there are other problems, such as the poorly fitting canopy (wasn’t intended to be open), and the kit roundels with the too bright red, but I think I’ll leave it at that, and not borrow any more trouble!
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