Hobbycraft 1/48 Hawker Hurricane IIC “Night Intruder”
Started more than three years ago, I resumed work on this old Hobbycraft kit a month or so ago. I finished her Saturday, and made my way out to the airport today for a photo session. I messed up the stretched sprue radio aerial loading the model up for the ride out there and just managed to get it back in some sort of shape, never as good as previously though. Go figure...:)
It's painted with Testors 1/4oz. square bottle flat black, and faded with Humbrol dark gray 32 mostly, as well as a few other grays. I tried out a bit of oil-paint dot filtering on the lower engine cowls but the 45 year-old oil-paint and my lack of experience didn't help. The exhaust staining is Model Master intermediate blue, dirtied with pastel chalks. As always, I used my Paasche Model H for the airbrushing. I drybrushed the paint damage with Humbrol MetalCote unpolished aluminum and used a silver pencil here and there. The cockpit barely shows so I made seatbelts/harnesses from tape with home-made lead-wire buckles. The exhaust flame shields were made from Evergreen sheet.
Let's see, gun barrels and exhausts were drilled, and tires sanded for a change, :). Lead wire brake lines were added with furnace tape clamps. I sanded down the wing light "lenses" and carved out a concave lens with my motor tool, filling that with silver. Overall, she turned out a pretty fair "four-footer" and looks good with her RAF mates and sister Hawker planes in the display. But please, no more Hobbycraft kits for a while...:)
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