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Airfix 1/48 Hawker Hurricane

April 4, 2016 · in Aviation · · 23 Comments

Today I fire a scale salvo at my good friend Dennis Meyers in our friendly model competition (I know he's working on the Eduard 1/48 Spitfire he received from imodeler). This is my fourth completed kit for 2016, the 1/48 Hawker Mk. I in the markings of the aircraft Pilot Officer Ken William MacKenzie used to ram and destroy a Bf 109. Mackenzie destroyed at least 7 German planes during the Battle of Britain. On September 29, 1941 he was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over France and was taken prisoner. After numerous failed escape attempts Mackenzie faked going insane and was repatriated to England in October 1944. He spent the rest of the war instructing at fighter training schools. The Airfix kit was a breeze to put together. I used some watercolor pencils to add highlights to some panel lines and the decals. To shade in the panel lines I used a mix of powdered black pastels, water and a little dish soap. It is easy to wipe the excess away with a damp soft cloth after it dries.

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23 responses

  1. Nice build, Scott! I'm working on the same kit, and I'm about at the same place you are, and same markings. Really loved it too! Only thing left is the antenna aerial and she's fini. Great job Sir!

  2. Well, Hasegawa can not seek more? )) Judging by the photo - a great model!

  3. Great job. Interesting background info.

  4. Looks really fine, great job on an outstanding kit.

  5. Looks good Scott. I keep hearing good things about this kit and by the appearance of your well done model, I'd have to agree.

  6. Very nice indeed but with one minor criticism, the navigation lights are reversed. Red should be port and blue to starboard.

    • Actually Seamus, While doing research on this plane I found out that somehow during construction the wi g lights were reversed so I made it accordingly. I'm just kidding! I don't know how I messed that up since I know red is to the left! Doh! Fortunately, it's an easy fix!

  7. Seamus is correct (except it's green on the right). Nicely done, though.

    • I think Seamus is referring to the same thing I've read that the green light's color looked blue when the light wasn't on. But I'm fine with green.

  8. Great job Scott. The painting is very well down. You set a high bar. I guess my Spitfire will take a little longer than I planned.

  9. I always like the look of the Hurricane, and this one looks great, I think the outdoor light really sets it off a treat.

  10. Great looking Hurricane - nice touch on the weathering and finish.

  11. You did an awesome job on this Hurricane. I am not levelling any critique at this nice looking model, however most of us ( myself included ) forget that the front part of the fuselage had a metal skin and therefore the paint had a slight sheen to it whilst the rest of the fuselage was fabric covered and had a relative dull finish. I was told this by a SAAF WW II pilot that served in North Africa flying tank busting Hurricanes. I quickly took my model home and repainted the front panels with a light coat of future to get a bit of sheen to the model. Again this is not criticism but a mere observation. 🙂

  12. Thanks Morne! No offense taken. That was something I didn't know. I think I'll leave it how it is for now though. But on my next one...

  13. BTW, since I last "finished" this, I finished it again. I added the second aerial wire (and found out the wires were stainless steel so I repainted them) and a rear view mirror scrounged from the spares box.

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