Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane Mk.IID
2200 yen SRP
Scott Van Aken
1998 limited edition boxing
The Hurricane Mk IID was a Mk IIB (this was the fighter-bomber version with two
wing racks) conversion armed with two 40 mm (1.57 in) anti-tank autocannons in a
gondola-style pod, one under each wing and a
single Browning machine gun in each
wing loaded with tracers for aiming purposes. The first aircraft flew on 18
September 1941 and deliveries started in 1942. Serial built aircraft had
additional armour for the pilot, radiator and engine, and were armed with a
Rolls-Royce gun with 12 rounds, later changed to the 40 mm (1.57 in) Vickers S
gun with 15 rounds. The outer wing attachments were strengthened so that 4G
could be pulled at a weight of 8,540 lb (3,874 kg). The weight of guns and
armour protection marginally impacted the aircraft's performance. These
Hurricanes were nicknamed "Flying Can Openers", perhaps a play on the No. 6
Squadron's logo which flew the Hurricane starting in 1941.
6 Squadron RAF is one of the longer serving units in the RAF having formed in
1914. It currently flies the Typhoon having been the last unit to fly the
Jaguar. It was also the first to operate the Phantom FGR.2, flying that type for
five years before transferring to the Jaguar.
it has been quite a while since Hasegawa did a Hurricane limited edition, back
in 1998 they were on a roll and produced this Hurricane IID boxing. As you read
in the history section, the Hurricane II was a tad longer than the Hurricane I
and while I don't know if they got this part right or not, they do provide a
separate nose section that could take this into consideration.
The cockpit is actually quite well done with side frame work and open floor,
seat, armor plating, control stick, rudder pedals and instrument panel. Various
controls are molded into the framework and on the inside of the fuselage halves.
The wheel well is separate and is added prior to the assembly of the one piece
lower and two upper wing halves. A carb intake section fits into the lower wing.
On the lower wing is a coolant radiator that gets and front and rear detail
piece before the two piece housing with rear radiator flap actuating arms. The
front of the wing has inserts for the guns on the leading edge and this kit
provides the one gun per side insert appropriate for this version. There is also
a landing light and lens for each side. In addition to the different leading
edge insert, the two gun pods are also provided. These are two pieces with a
one-piece housing and separate barrel.
gear are nicely molded and look suitably complex with additional retraction
mechanisms in the wheel well. Additional bits are the Volkes filter for under
the nose, a more pointed spinner with Rotol prob and separate wing tip lights.
The canopy is a single piece so those wanting it open will have to cut it or
replace it. Exhaust fit from the outside.
Kit markings are for two planes, both with 6 Squadron RAF. One is the box art
plane while the other has later insignia and just an aircraft number on the
fuselage. Both are in the desert scheme of dark earth, middlestone and azure
blue. The azure blue shows as needing mixed as apparently Gunze does not carry
that shade. The decals are nicely printed and include an instrument and side
panel decal as well as the wing walk areas.
First thing I did was to clean up all the interior components
and the landing gear bits and paint them aluminum. Then I started assembling the
wings. There are two inserts that fit into the leading edge and they are a tight
fit. They also don't fit perfectly so you'll need to either apply filler or sand
things down a bit. It was while doing this that I assembled the gun pods and
realized I hadn't opened the holes in the wing for them. No way to fix that now
so I cut off the pins and set these aside for later installation.
Back at the interior, I painted the inside of the cockpit
British interior green then added some of the various bits to the inside and
painted some of the details black as stated in the instructions. With the
framework part already painted, I began to assemble the interior bits. I had
painted the armor plating section interior green as shown in several
restorations. After assembling and painting the seat, I installed Eduard's
Sutton harness. Once that was all together, the control stick, rudder pedals and
instrument panel bits were glued in. I had to bend down the supports to the
instrument panel until they would fit into the holes in the floor. Once it was
assembled, I glued into one half of the fuselage and taped on the other half
until the glue dried. Then the other fuselage half was attached and I attended
to the seams.
The wing was the next part to glue into place. This
actually fit rather well aside from the lower wing/fuselage join, which has a
rather large gap. Fixing that required sanding away a lot of the fabric effect,
but much of that was replaced using a round file. The tailplanes were attached
and then I glued on the canopy after masking it. The radiator bits were painted
aluminum and given a wash once they were attached. I glued the housing parts
then painted the insides aluminum and glued those in place. There are a pair of
rear coolant door actuating rods that are a bit tricky to get into place. The
sand filter was attached next and then I glued on the gun pods. This seemed like
a good time to apply some paint so I stuffed the wheel wells with tissue and
headed to the paint shop.
For this kit I went the acrylic route as I didn't have any enamels in the
require shades. The underside Azure Blue was painted with Pollyscale and
once dry, was masked off. For the upper colors I used Agama Middlestone and
Dark Earth. First the Middlestone and I have to say it looked rather dark.
Next I hand sprayed the Dark Earth pattern. This was rather frustrating as I
was constantly cleaning the tip, the main reason I prefer enamels. I'm not
sure if at this stage of the war masks would have been used or even if the
Middlestone would not have been applied locally. Anyway, it looks nice
enough and so there it is. One of the positive features of acrylics is that
any brush touch up later will generally not be noticeable as a different
shade, a situation that often happens when using enamels.
With the paints in place, I attached the landing gear. I had forgotten to
cut a slice out of the ventral strake so the later tail wheel could be uses
so I did that prior to gluing on the tail wheel. The main gear is suitably
complex with four pieces per side. Once dry it is quite sturdy. The engine
gearbox piece was glued on and I then gave the airframe a coat or two of
clear acrylic gloss in preparation for markings.
Aftermarket sheets for the IID are few and far between and this left the kit
markings. I chose the box art scheme and applied the markings. I had issues
with the decals silvering, despite applying them to a gloss surface and
pressing them in place.
When those were on, I attached things like the gear doors, radio mast, foot
step and pitot as well as the small sight on the nose. The airframe was then
given a coat of clear matte using Future and Tamiya flat base mix. I then
attached the various clear pieces like wing tip lights (which don't fit very
well), landing light covers
(after gluing in the lights) and an upper and lower fuselage lens. Then I
removed the masking and added exhaust stain using pastels. The final act was
the push on the prop.
I thought that with all the current
mania over the new Airfix Hurricane I
release, it might be worthwhile to look at the other major offering. To be
sure, the Airfix kit has the benefit of 20 years of advancements in the
hobby, but really, it is not a quantum leap, just one of providing a bit
more detail. I found the Hasegawa kit to be a fairly easy build as things go
and it certainly adds a variant that was not already in the collection. I
really do not have the penchant for WWII RAF types as others, so I find that
this kit meets my requirements as much as any other. There is nothing
'horribly wrong' with it according to the boffins so is still worth the time
put into building it. If you are one who cannot stomach having something
'old and outdated' in your stash, rather than trash your Hasegawa Hurricanes
in favor of the Airfix offering, send them to me! I'll give them a nice
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