a Pair of 1/48 Early Hurricanes………. Airfix Mk 1, and a Classic Airframes ”cloth wing” version

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  • Louis Gardner said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    I have had these two kits on the wish list for building for quite a while now. The Airfix kit was sitting in the “build pile” with the Spitfires I currently have underway.

    Since I am building several early Mk 1 Spitfires, I thought it would be nice to have the stable mate parked next to these early Spits in the display case that would be painted very similarly.

    This is the Classic Airframes kit I’ll be building.

    and it will be finished using these decals for machine “S” with an aluminum underside. This one will be a very early machine. Besides the fabric wings, it will have a two blade Watts propeller, “Kidney” exhausts, no lower fuselage keel, and the instrument venturi placed just outside the cockpit. This will place this plane as among the first 77 produced.

    Last night I started cleaning up the resin parts and cutting them off the pour stubs…………….

    I’ll be building the new tool Airfix Mk 1 Hurricane, kit number A05127. Here’s a photo of the box art.

    It will probably be finished as “LR * R” with the undersides in aluminum, night under one wing, and white under the other. This is almost the exact same color combination I picked for one of the Spits I have underway……………..

    I have most of the interior built, ready for painting. Construction starts out by having you build the cockpit framing and mount it onto the wing spars.

    This will all get sprayed with “aluminum” color.

    The details look rather nice……………..

    There’s even some nice detail bits on the underside of the floor, which is part of the main landing gear wheel bay.

    The pilot seat and armor bulkhead.

    followed by the wing structure that surrounds the main gear wells.

    I also glued the fuselage halves together,

    and will paint the insides using Model Master “RAF Interior Green”, when I fire up the assembly line painting process on the Spitfires………….

    So far the fit on the Airfix kit has been right on the money, with no gaps encountered……………..

    as usual,
    comments are encouraged. 🙂

  • James B Robinson said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    As if 8 wasn’t enough?? David might be wrong, this IS crazy! 🙂
    I am truly jealous you have the luxury of time for this. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Craig Abrahamson said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    Two nice lookin’ kits off to a great start, Louis…..happy modeling, my friend.

  • Tom Cleaver said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    You’re a machine, Louis! Now, just come over here and try on this nice jacket with the really long sleeves, I know you’ll like it and look at this great modeling room – you can throw things and they’ll bounce off the walls! 🙂

  • Jeff Bailey said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    Well done, Brother DAT! While I’m a big Spitfire fan, I love the Hurricanes as they shouldered a lot of the dirty work but didn’t get quite the credit the “sexy” Spits got. I tend to root for the underdog, I guess. (David, L-S, take note.) As for the ‘crazy’ … well, I think you may be crazy .. like a fox! I also root for the sometimes crazies!

    Well done, Buddy!

  • Paul Barber said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    I’m struggling to keep up with your personal inventory already, Louis! Fantastic! Not content with the entire history of the Spitfire you are now leading into the story of the Hurricane with these early versions. The legend continues!

  • Louis Gardner said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    Thanks gents !!!

    The main reason I am building these kits together along with the Spitfires (and the BP Defiant) is that they all share the same colors for the most part. There’s a method to the “madness”…….. 🙂

    I also believe that I am trying to make up for lost time, when there were a few years that I didn’t have the opportunity to build anything due to my work schedule and other pressing “life” events.

    This will put a good sized dent in the unbuilt RAF stash pile, which was another reason I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on these two latest Hurricane additions.

    I hope that I don’t let you guys down, but these are all going to be pretty much box stock builds other than some of the decals, so don’t look for anything fancy. These will be pretty basic simple builds with no aftermarket additions other than some resin wheels and exhausts on a few of these models. If I had some resin seats I would probably use them too, but I don’t, so the kit parts will have to suffice.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    Tonight was a very productive evening. I got a lot of work done on the CA Hurricane……………and it all started with cutting away this large resin pour block on the main landing gear wheel well. I have read on various other online build journals where some have stated it was only “5 minutes with a razor saw”…………….

    Let me tell you there’s more to it than that. It took me at least an hour to cut away the pouring block. Granted, I took my time as I didn’t want to damage the part since it wasn’t replaceable.

    I could have used a Dremel tool and made quick work of it, but I felt better by taking my time and carefully cutting the resin. Besides, resin dust isn’t the best stuff to inhale. I made sure I wore a mask and cleaned up the residue from cutting right away.

    Once the resin pour block was removed, I spent some time sanding the part until it fit nicely inside the wing. I also managed to break off a small portion of the wall, which had to be glued back together using CA adhesive. Luckily the repair turned out good…………..and should not be noticeable once assembled. Now all of the resin parts are ready for installation, as soon as I wash them up to remove any mold release agent that could be on them.

    As part of the test fitting process, I noticed the trailing edge of the wings were fairly thick. So I took the liberty of sanding them down to make them look a little thinner. I did the same process on the upper wing halves too. The empty shell casing chutes had some flash present. I spent some time cleaning out the openings and making sure they were squared once done.

    Next I concentrated on building up some of the smaller parts. I built the radiator, but cracked the rear of the radiator opening when I was cutting this resin part away from the pour stub………. This will have to be fixed. I’m not sure if I want to use putty here, or if I want to fill in the area with CA glue and carefully sand it down.

    The radiator has some very nice details that can be seen from the openings……………

    My plan is to build the cockpit and insert it into the fuselage from underneath as one piece. This will have to be done before adding the lower wing half. As you can see, I have assembled the fuselage, and glued the upper half of the wings in position to make a nice gap free fit.

    One other thing I found out is that the resin “kidney” exhaust parts will drop through the opening in the fuselage. So I added a piece of scrap plastic to keep this from happening. You can see the white plastic addition here in this next photo.

    There’s a small part that’s listed as the engine gear case. The instructions are vague as to exactly how it fits. It will fit into the opening on the nose externally, but this is wrong…………… it has to go inside or else the prop will not fit as the spinner will not cover this part.

    In order to see if it was even needed, I decided to build up the Watts two bladed propeller and test out my idea. Here you can see the growing collection of built small parts…………..

    I held the prop in place and from what I can tell, it may be possible to add the propeller without installing the engine gear case. Here’s a few pictures I took to show what I’m talking about………. I think I can simply glue the prop right on the front of the fuselage. I’ll check it out even better before I go much further…………….

    Here’s how the CA Hurricane looks at the moment………… I’m happy to report the upper wing halves to the fuselage fit was spot on, and no filler will be needed. This turned out to be a gap free fit here.

    Possibly tomorrow, depending if I get the cockpit assembly done on this CA Hurricane, I will spray some “RAF Interior Green” followed by some “Aluminum” on most of these Spitfires, the BP Defiant landing gear and these two Hurricanes.

    I’m calling it a night.

    As usual, comments are encouraged.


  • James B Robinson said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    Louis, with your build log, your talent and attention to detail……OOB is fine with me. Looking great!

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