Here is the Arma Hobby Hurricane I and the Hurricane IIc WIP.
I personally think these are the best Hurricane kits in 1/72. The surface detail would be fine on a 1/48 scale model. Assembly is very straightforward, presents no difficulties, and takes maybe a couple hours. There is no need for filler anywhere. Fit is precise throughout.
There are three sub-assemblies: the fuselage, including the cockpit with seat and instrument panel; the wing, with a full wheel well, and the lower part of the cockpit with foot guides, rudder bar and control stick; the the tail, which has separate elevators. The kit has more photoetch than most people can use; I merely used the seatbelts.
Each kit also includes the Tropical filter.
As you can see from the completed Hurricane I, the kits come with a positionable canopy – it’s a bit thick and a vacuform would look good, but there are none of the Squadron/Falcon Hurricane vacuforms to be found outside of buying a set of canopies.
The kit decals are great, but they only want to come off in hot water after soaking for at least a 60-80 seconds. They will stick to the first surface they meet, so be sure the area of the model is wet to allow them to be positioned.
Each kit has four decal markings options. I did the Hurricane I as the final airplane flown by F/Sgt Josef Frantisek of 303 “Warsaw’ Squadron during the Battle of Britain for the final seven of his total 17 victories scored in September 1940 when the Poles saved Britain. This was a Gloster-built aircraft, distinguished from Hawker-built aircraft by the use of prewar insignia colors.
The Hurricane I model was painted with Xtracrylix thinned with water. The upper scheme was freehanded using my Paashe-H with a No. 1 tip – pretty good for an airbrush model first produced 110 years ago.
These are great kits. Others have commented favorably on Arma’s FM-2, which I also have and can confirm it is indeed excellent. The kits are very reasonably priced for their value, being among the best 1/72 kits for any model topic.
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