Come see my IIc at sea.
Are you tired of this one yet?
This is my interpretation of the ubiquitous 'Nicki,' a Sea Hurricane Mk.IIc that served aboard the escort carrier HMS Nairana during '44. Its colors and composition, or at least its squadron, has been the subject of mostly scholarly debate ever since (as I've been told) Airfix kitted it, made it popular, and an armchair warrior put forth a misleading color profile. Ever since, as with other spheres of media in humanity's influence, it has been used as reference and misled many into scandalous, inaccurate displays of 'art' and attempts at true-canon historical miniature.
Here at Koppos Inc, however, he strive for true, unblemished, researched and picturesque snapshots of what was and what probably things were like. Probably. If we don't hit the mark, we come damn close.
In all seriousness, I don't claim the Throne Of the Ideal. This is merely my best guesswork based on the work and sufferings of other people. From what I've read and can see out of all the Nairana Hurricanes, Nicki had her canopies oversprayed in white, a thin patch left on her upper cowl, and in a photo I had to subscribe to a British online magazine to get, D-Day stripes under her wings. Nairana operated near Gibraltar during June 1944, and Nicki probably had the stripes applied at this time, when she was wrecked on the ship's barriers. I made the guess here that she also had the stripes as regulation required on her rear fuselage, though there are no photos to document this. From other photos of Nairana Hurricanes, It is also noticeable (at least for me) that the white was sprayed underneath the leading edges of the wing, on the gear doors, and underneath the horizontal stabilizers.
The kit itself is the Hasegawa 1/48. At first I was annoyed by the release of the Arma mid project, but I have come to appreciate the 'reserved' detail of the Hasegawa. To bring this kit up to par, however, I had to add a few things. Quickboost supplied the fishtail exhaust and corrected headrest shape. Eduard supplied Steel Sutton harnesses. Ultracast gave the wheels. Rob Taurus supplied the vacuform canopy (this didn't fit. I have since bought Falcon's canopy for the Airfix kit. This fits better for Hasegawa Hurricanes.) This was also my first time using brass gun barrels, these are done by Master Model, and they are amazing, looks fantastic and was fun to work with. The decals are Xtradecals, as I have learned Hasegawa decals are flawed. I added a few things of my own: copper wire brake lines and grab handles on the canopy. Underneath that white finish is an entire FAA camouflage paint scheme, for that authentic look... here at Koppos Inc, we cut no corners and miss no opportunity to waste time.
I'm happy to not have to stare at this anymore. It seems like my models take longer and longer. Expect something small and simple next time.
Thanks for looking.