Unusual Battle of Britain Hurricane in 1/48, Airfix kit
Nearing the end of my Battle of Britain fighters collection in 1/48, I picked up Airfix’s new tool Hurricane but could only get hold of the Tropical version. The kit allows you to build a Mk.1 but needed custom decals so bought an Xtradecals sheet.
I chose VY-R from 85 Squadron as seen during the early phases of the Battle of Britain. Xtradecals had the scheme wrong and upon doing some research, the underside Sky colour should extend up the engine cowling further than usual, as well as up the wing leading edges. After consulting the internet greybeards and doing some colour sampling myself in greyscale, it appears the spinner should be red with white stripes rather than black with light green. In any case, I made both but the red is the correct one IMHO. The IWM photo is slightly later in August 1940 when the squadron codes and main roundel had been made thicker whereas the ones used were on 85 Sqn aircraft until early July.
The new tool Airfix Hurri is a lovely kit in most respects and goes together well enough, it’s just a shame about having to add the rivets myself. If Eduard can do it so well and cheaply, why can’t Airfix and Tamiya?
Video build here:
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.