Airframes' 1/48 scale
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (early
fabric wing version)
Battle of Britain 65th Anniversary Edition
Airframes' 1/48 Fabric Wing Hurricane Mk.I is available online from
For a detailed examination of the kit
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman's in-box review here on HyperScale.
Classic Airframes has recently released a new 'Battle of Britain'
boxing of their excellent fabric-wing Hurricane Mk.I kit.
The kit provides decals for an extremely interesting RAF bird with
'not-really-standard' markings, as well as an equally interesting test
aircraft that is finished in Silver dope over the fabric areas, with all
of the metal panels being highly polished, similar to the prototype
The original release of this kit was one of the first of CA's
'improved tooling' releases, and the kit features very crisp panel lines
and very convincing 'fabric-over-structure' effect for the wing.
The cockpit is nicely detailed and convincingly busy.
The resin wheel well part is very nicely detailed and fits well after
the usual removal of the pour stub. A nice touch is that this release
includes parts for a Watts propeller as well as kidney exhausts,
although not used for the kit's subjects.
Fit is overall quite excellent, provided you take a few moments to
dry-fit and clean up parts before committing to glue.
Battle of Britain subject aircraft is US/T, of 56 Squadron, RAF. This
aircraft was one of the last Hurricane Mk.Is fitted with fabric wings,
and saw service over Dunkirk before participating in the Battle.
The period of 1938-40 saw a number of changes in the painting and
marking of RAF fighters, with the expected confusion of 'standard' as
well as the inevitable time lag for all Squadrons to catch up with the
latest RAF signals. Such is our subject, with a large Type A fuselage
roundel with a thin Yellow surround, and oversize fuselage codes, both
sides reading US/T. One of my references showed the port 'S' slightly
forward of the roundel, another showed the code overlapping the Yellow
ring slightly, which was my choice of application.
The thin, full-height fin flash, and Sky undersurfaces with Type A
roundels in place hint at this aircraft exhibiting a nice mix of
The kit decals are printed by Microscale, and feature a number of tiny,
legible stencils. The decals went on perfectly over the PollyScale paint
If you choose to open the vacuformed canopy, you must trim the lower
edge slightly (very slightly!) oversize so the bottoms of the 'frame'
will align with the fuselage canopy slide tracks with the canopy open.
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Hurricane has made a welcome return
with this latest release. If you haven't tried one yet, now is your
opportunity to enjoy!
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
|Hurricane Aces 1941-1945
Aircraft of the Aces 57
Author: Andrew Thomas
Illustrator: John Weal
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
November 21, 2003
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1841766100
Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2005
by John Valo
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