Hurricane Mk.I, Finnish Air Force (Arma Hobby, 1:72)

Started by Sebastijan Videc · 34 · 3 days ago
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    Sebastijan Videc said 1 year, 3 months ago:

    This will be my (first) entry to the Hawker groupbuild and as I've mentioned before, I plan on starting it sometime early next year. I admit - I am in love with Finland. I love its nature, its people, their sisu and admitelly their resilient nature. Maybe because I am of a small nation myself and see the connection but nevertheless. Not surprisingly, I have a big fascination about their history and most importantly the WW2 history with infamous Winter War and followed by Continuation War fighting the Soviets and ending the WW2 fighting against the Nazis. A nation of around 3.7million by the time of WW2 that defended their country against the might of Red Army is nothing but astonishing. And from the modellers perspective a true treasure trove of different types that were used by Finns during the war. I have been collecting kits, decals and what not for a few years now, but haven't started any yet, so this group build is as good as an excuse as any to start building the collection.

    This is the kit and the main reference I'll be using

    A brief history of Hurricanes in Finnish Air Force
    Winter War broke out on 30.11.1939 and Finnish Air Force was in a dire need of new equippment, especially fighters to defend against Soviet attacks. Negotiations with the British were concluded in early February for the acquisition of 12 RAF Hurricanes to be delivered in two batches. The aircraft were flown via Scotland and Norway in March 1940 and two aircraft were lost enroute. They arrived too late to see action in the Winter War but they soldiered on into Continuation War and were credited with the destruction of 4 I-153 fighters, 1 SB bomber and shared a kill of I-15bis fighter. Despite being obsolete at the beginning of Continuation war, due to the fighters shortage, they soldiered on until 1943. In 1942, a Soviet land-lease Hurricane Mk.IIa crash landed in Finnish territory and was repaired and brought to service with the help of spare parts from other crashed Soviet Hurricanes as a 13th aircraft. All but one were scrapped by 1950, the sole survivor being on the display at Central Aviation museum at Tikkakoski near Jyväskylä. Through the career one of the Hurricanes was lost with the pilot to enemy fire, three were lost to fatal crashes and two more were damaged by enemy fire but landed safely.

    And an even briefer history of blue swastika (hakaristi)
    The blue and white swastika of the Finnish military was used by the Air Force from January 1918, when they received their first aircraft, a Thulin typ D as a gift from Swedish count Eric von Rosen. His symbol of good luck was a blue swastika on a white background (symbol from Norse mythology), and he had it painted on the gift aircraft. The Finnish Air Force adopted the symbol as their insignia. The use of the symbol predates the National Socialist party by years, and is in no way affiliated with the Nazis.

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    Erik Gjørup said 1 year, 3 months ago:

    Looking forward to se this one get the @inflames treatment!

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 year, 3 months ago:

    Great entry supported with some nice history facts, Sebastian @inflames
    Looking forward to it

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 year, 2 months ago:

    Amazing entry and amazing historical info provided, my friend @inflames!
    Looking forward to it!

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    Allan J Withers said 1 year, 2 months ago:

    Nice one Sebastijan, the Finnish scheme looks good.

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    Sebastijan Videc said 3 months ago:

    I am about to start building my two Hurris - I hope I am not to late to the party?

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 3 months ago:

    Latest entry date is December 1st, 2023, so you are absolutely good to go, my friend @inflames! Looking forward to your Hurries!

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    Sebastijan Videc said 1 month, 4 weeks ago:

    Been working on these for the last few weeks but not much to show as of yet.
    I've fully riveted wings of both Mk.I and Mk.IIc. Had quite some problems blending in the landing lights but they do look good now. I was pleasantly surprised how Arma Hobby actually improved the earlier tooling Mk.I and not just used the same parts for Mk.II but actually added additional details and improved the building logic.

    Both the wheel wells - I've used more sand coloured oils and I might add additional pastels later to complete the weathering of the Lybia based Mk.IIc. Mk.I got slightly lighter weathering with more earth tones.

    Finnish Hurricanes used additional steel armor plating on the back of the seats and headrests which I tried to recreate using some plasticard. I guess it'll look better under some paint and weathering 🙂

    Both wings riveted and landing and position lights blended in.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Very nice progress and awesome extra work, my friend @inflames!

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    Erik Gjørup said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Welcome back with these - as Spiros correctly said, already announced builds are most welcome to continue here.

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Progressing nicely, Sebastijan @inflames

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    Sebastijan Videc said 1 month, 3 weeks ago:

    Thank you, guys! I have a few days off work and I am progressing nicely on both kits. I will from next update on post in both threads as cockpits and aircraft themselves will start to differ from each other.

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    Sebastijan Videc said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Both wings have received a full rivet job.

    Finnish Hurricanes had additional seat and headrest armor which I created from sheet styrene.

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    Tom Cleaver said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    The Arma kit is very good, but doing a Finnish airplane is difficult, since they were "rag wing" Hurris. Airfix has released a ragwing in 1/72 that looks almost as good as an Arma kit when finished. Since you haven't gotten to the painting and decal stage, perhaps you can consider this alternative.

    This is what I did with one of the Airfix kits, done in their original delivery markings and camo.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 month, 1 week ago:

    Great result on the rivetting as well as the scratch building, Sebastijan @inflames