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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 13:18 pm 
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I bought one at SMW (my first purchase, I grabbed one before they all disappeared). It looks really cracking on the sprue, so here goes:

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The fuselage halves have an excellent representation of the fabric rear fuselage and fine panel lines where required. The cockpit walls have the tubular structure moulded on and this is perfectly adequate in my opinion. Undercarriage doors feature the correct 'cheese' section and the seat and radiator bath are nicely moulded.

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As with the fuselage the wing fabric panels look very good and panel lines are finely engraved.The wheel wells have parts to enable it to be fully boxed in with enough detail to make it look 'busy'. The wheels are moulded with flats and are keyed to assist alignment, whilst the gear legs have finely moulded detail. The wing sprues have various bits and bobs for the cockpit which is also finely moulded and in some cases will be challenging to remove without breakages.

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There are separate sprues that contain alternative pieces for the two options. There are also additional detail parts, some very finely moulded and as with the cockpit pieces may be difficult to remove, whilst the tiny venturi looks like a definite offering to the carpet monster!

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The transparencies are very thin and clear whilst the swirl marks seen on previous kits are thankfully absent. The landing lights are moulded such that the lamps are represented within the moulding itself. There are alternative windscreen parts one with and one without armour. Decals are very nicely printed, appear to be in perfect register and with good colour density.

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The instructions are a first for Airfix to my knowledge, the graphics are in half-tone, whilst pieces and sub-assemblies from previous steps where affixed are illustrated in a reddish colour.

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The two options are for a RAF 111 Squadron machine, July 1938 and Belgian Air Force example, Squadron 2/1/2AE, May 1940. Colour call outs are for Humbrol paints (well it wouldn't be any other, would it?!). The green is labelled as Hu30, which we're told is now correct as MAP Dark Green, but as I haven't bought a tinlet recently I can't comment.

I've checked the major components against published data and it's difficult to find any errors. I'm sure there probably are some errors and I'm equally sure these will get posted up in good time, but as it stands this is probably a benchmark Hurricane kit in 1/72. Let's hope Airfix can be persuaded to do a little bit of new tooling to provide the metal wings at a later date, not to mention a ventral fuselage piece equipped with a hook for Sea Hurricanes.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 16:47 pm 
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I see a three blade prop is included but there is no reference to it being used in the assembly instructions.
In fact the only mention is in the "blurb" where it refers to metal wings and three blade props being fitted later in the production run. Could this version also be in the pipe line?

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 17:12 pm 
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At least one of the Hurricanes delivered to Belgium was fitted with a three blade prop, but as you say, in the context of the kit options it is surplus to requirements. You should be able to find references to rag wing Hurricanes being fitted with three blade props in RAF service, but the fact that it is included amongst the parts would suggest that there will be more Hurricane kits with different options issued some time in the future.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 20:30 pm 
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Looks good. I bought the Quad ATV at SMW (Review to follow) and that has the instruction sheet in the two tone too. Makes it more 3D to my eyes.


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Just missing some pics of the upper fabric wings. Otherwise, nice job!

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Isn't that the 3rd photo Bruce :scratch:

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 21:15 pm 
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Can I insert "close-up" before "pics" to make better sense? :)

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Nov 2013 23:16 pm 
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For Brews, here you are mate:

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Thanks. I wish we had a real one to compare it with, now. It looks pretty realstic to me, and I like the way the orifices on the leading edge are wholly within one wing-half. Thoughtful.

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Thanks for the pics, it looks a stunning kit.

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I wish we had a real one to compare it with, now.

Isn't the one in the Science Museum (London) a fabric-winged I?

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PostPosted: Thu 14 Nov 2013 22:12 pm 
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Obi-Jiff Kenobi wrote:
Isn't the one in the Science Museum (London) a fabric-winged I?


It is.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ukjohnd/62 ... otostream/
http://daily-photo.net/dailyphoto/wp-co ... _03_03.jpg
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m12/ ... 01600x.jpg

If the scheme is authentic - and it is my understanding this is the case - then it might be inspiration for using the three blade prop supplied in the kit.

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L1592 has 'an unconfirmed kill' over Dunkirk when she was serving with 43 Sqn and flown by Tony Woods-Scawen. She is the oldest surviving Hurricane in the world.

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It looks superb, I like the Belgian option

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Great info Ian, I didn't realise L1592 was flown by one of the Woods-Scawen brothers. Patrick and Tony were killed within a day of each other 1st-2nd September 1940. They were both aces awarded a DFC (six confirmed kills each, officially), Tony's being gazetted four days after his death.

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Do I see fish-tail as well as kidney exhuasts and a lowered stirrup foot step?

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Both types of exhaust yes, no stirrup, I think maybe you're looking at the stick? Not difficult to scratch up if you want a lowered stirrup. There's lots of clues in this kit of further releases.

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Thanks for the links, Peebeep. I think it's fair to say that Airfix nailed the upper wing texture. I was wondering if maybe the rib tapes might be more prominent, but clearly not. The wing cross-section looks better than that of the Hurricane II kit as well. I won't hesitate to get this when I can.

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I received an email from Airfix a short time ago that they have it in stock now.

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Thanks for the pictures & comments Paul, appreciate it!

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One point that has been drawn to my attention is that early Mk I's had five spoke wheels rather than the four spoke supplied with the kit. I've sent off for some CMK resin jobbies.

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov 2013 23:53 pm 
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Just found some walkround (flyaround?) pics here on the Prime Portal pages.

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I was led to believe that 4 or 5 spoke wheels depended on which factory built it, ie Hawker or Gloster.

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All the pictures I have of rag wings are showing up five spoke wheels. If anybody has a pic of a rag wing with four spokes I'd love to see it.

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Brilliant looking. If it builds as good as it looks the Airfix naysayers will have to retire to their basement apartments to grumble endlessly about the unfairness of it all. Viva Airfix. Viva Hornby. VIVA!

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