iModeler Review – Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk 1
Presenting the “new” 1/72 Airfix (early) Mk 1 Hurricane. This is an upgraded release of the first mark 1 that was made available at the end of 2013. The main difference with this release is you have the dehaviland 3 blade prop instead of the Watts 2 blade wooden prop.
I was a bit surprised to see that this kit was depicted as a fabric covered wing model rather than the metal covered version (more to differentiate it from the original release). Decal option is for 85 Squadron RAF of the AASF based in France in May/June 1940, and you may choose ID letter “G” or “C” or buy two and do them both! Accordingly you get the half black/white underside recognition depicted rather than the sky surfaces for later that year (1940).
Hopefully my pictures demonstrate that this kit is up to the new standards Airfix have set themselves with more internal detail than usual for a series 1 kit in this scale. Surface and panel line details are nicely done but may not be to everyones tastes as they appear a bit deep in places (see photos). The wheel wells and cockpit are especially worthy of mention in this kit as they portray more detail in a kit of this scale than i’ve ever seen from any manufacturer of the Hurricane. Again i hope my pictures do these areas justice.
Construction starts with the wheel wells by adding the “walls” and ancillary detail, which give this area of the kit a very busy appearance. Above the wheel well is installed the yoke, rudder pedals and the foot braces to create a cockpit “floor”. Sadly most of this nice detail will largely dissapear when the fuselage is added over it. The interior of the fuselage and cockpit is well done – again giving a busy appearance with nicely formed pilot’s seat and rear armour plate. The instrument panel is a decal which will not suit all but again will mostly be unseen when the fuselage halves are joined.
Engineering fit of parts works well and I have taped up the main components in my pictures to demonstrate this. All in all I foresee no real problems assembling this little beauty in jig time! As a result I am pushing this to the top of my build list and hope to commence construction shortly.
To recap then this is a very nice example of a Early Mk 1 Hurri in 1/72 scale with a lot of good detail worthy of a larger scale kit. Therefor I can totally reccommend it to one and all! Happy modelling 🙂
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