1/48 Hawker Hurricane IIB.
This is the excellent Hasegawa kit of 1990s vintage. I’ve wanted to do this particular Hurricane for some time and finally got the opportunity when I found this IIB on the vendor tables at a show back in June.
BE171 belonged to 17 Squadron which was sent to Rangoon in early 1942 after the Japanese attack in the Far East. The aircraft flew a brutal route across Africa and South Asia to get there and was extremely weathered.
BE171 is usually depicted in the Dark Earth/Middle Stone desert scheme. Model Alliance depicts the plane in the rarely used “tropical land scheme” of Dark Green/Middle Stone. Which was it?
Most likely, it was neither of the above schemes. Instead, it was probably a faded and worn “temperate land scheme” a/c featuring Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky Blue. I found a pretty good thread over at Britmodeller about 17 and 67 Squadron Hurricanes at Rangoon. Wing Commander Stone is quoted as stating the first three aircraft arrived in desert colors. BE171 was the fourth. Tonal photographic evidence also supports Temperate Land Scheme over the desert scheme. Tropical Land Scheme is a remote possibility but there is no proof it was ever applied to any Hurricanes. The idea that it was seems to come from a typo in a mid-1941 Air Ministry document.
The other unusual feature of this plane is use of Type A1 roundels on the top wings. These were apparently applied in Rangoon to 17 and 67 Sq. planes because they were sharing the field with the American AVG 3rd Squadron and it was a visual feature to help American pilots recognize the Hurricanes as friendlies.
The kit itself built smoothly. Paints are lightened Xtracolor Dark Green/Dark Earth over Sky Blue which I mixed from Humbrol 23 and 14. The decals are the aforementioned Model Alliance items.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!
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