Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Both of Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Hurricane Mk.I kits are available online from
Classic Airframes' latest release is the Hurricane
Mk.I with the early fabric wings. CA has released the kit in two
variations, one with British markings and one with Yugoslav, Belgian,
Italian and Finnish markings.
As most of you have no doubt read by now, this is one of CA's highest
quality efforts, with excellent scribing and very convincing 'fabric'
detail. Being a limited-run kit, the plastic is rather soft, and requires
more cleanup time than your average mainstream kit. The resin parts are
very well done; the only challenge is removing the rather substantial pour
stub on the wheel well. However, five minutes with a razor saw isn't the
end of the world, either.
Optional parts provided include three variations of propellers, kidney and
ejector exhausts, and two types of canopies, early and late production.
Short and long rudders are also provided.
Assembly is smooth sailing for the most part.
I found that assembling the cockpit parts as a unit
and inserting them into the assembled fuselage worked out better than
building them up on one half of the fuselage as suggested in the
I tweaked the wing roots with a sanding stick to
tighten things up, but the rest of the building was problem free.
The canopies have a scribe line to trim them out, but
keep in mind that if you plan to open the canopy, leave a bit more 'frame'
on the bottom, or else the canopy will come up short when perched on the
I elected to use the replacement gun ports on the
Belgian plane; these resin inserts more accurately capture the
offset-from-centerline location of the ports on the leading edge of the
I took the easy way out on the British plane by using
the decal patches to cover the gun ports.
The landing lights were a bit fiddly, but look very
convincing. I added wingtip navigation lights made from a toothbrush
The models were finished with PollyScale acrylics on top, and SNJ spray
aluminum on the bottoms.
releases feature superb decal sheets. Hats off to Microscale for these
print jobs - my sheets were in perfect register, and the lettering on the
tiny squadron badges was for the most part readable with a magnifying