SMER (Heller) 1/72 Hurricane Mk IIc
This kit sat in my bagged kits box and every time I picked it up I thought to myself that I must build it. Well I did. The kit is the Heller Hurricane issued by SMER and includes a small photo-etch (PE) fret. Every time I tried to use one the PE parts it fell off my tweezers never to be seen again. So, I didn't bother with them. I forgot to add the stick shift in the cockpit, but one can't see anything anyway. 🙂
I also bought a Hobbyboss Hurricane IIc with the intention of building both together, but that did not pan out. First I lost the landing gear covers of the SMER kit and I had to steal the ones off the Hobbyboss kit. Then I broke one of the canon barrels and the Hobbyboss gave up one of them. Every time I pick up the SMER kit something broke off or fell off. I guess I should build sitting on bedsheet on the floor to prevent losing parts.
I used a mask set and Techmod decals bought off Rebelalpha on eBay. Excellent seller by the way. I used Techmod decals before and my experience with them was OK, not great, being very thin and easily torn. The sheet I used had thicker decals and they settled down with decal setting solution perfectly. I hope all new releases are as good.
The model was painted with Tamiya RAF paints.
I wanted to build as clean and neat model I could, to emulate Lee Scow's models seen in model magazines in the '70s. His canopy work was perfect. And that is what I aspired to do. But, mine did not turn out the way I wanted it to look. Maybe the next Hurricane will be better.
So here is a simple kit built out of box. With care it will build up nicely.
tech notes for Photo buffs: Shot with a Nikon D300 and a Vintage Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Series 1 zoom, outside because my studio is a mess.
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