Hasegawa 1/72 Hurricane I (late type)


51338 (AP38)




Two Aircraft


Scott Van Aken




 First thing I did was to start gluing together subassemblies. The Hurricane is a pretty basic kit so there are not a plethora of them. What I did was to glue the nose section and the wings. This was followed by the three piece interior. You'll notice that Hasegawa does not like to have gun ports appearing from wings. This is undoubtedly to assist in having multiple uses for a single wing. Before gluing the wings, one needs to notch the gun port areas so they can be drilled out later. No other holes need to be drilled out as the Mk I was a pure fighter. My wings had some sink marks outboard of the landing lights that had to be filled. The outer shell ejector chutes were also filled in as the 12 gun wing is not applicable to this variant.

Once the basic assemblies were done, the interior bits and wheel wells were painted RAF Interior Green. Undoubtedly, I'll read later that the wheel wells were supposed to be underside color! The cockpit was then given a bit of painting and the decal placed on the instrument panel. This was then glued to a fuselage half along with the interior. The fuselage halves were then glued together. Prior to this, the tail wheel was removed as per instructions since it was not applicable to the Mk I.

With the fuselage glued together, it was time to glue on the nose section. I needed filler where it attached as the diameter of the nose and fuselage mount was not the same. Next on to the wings. Fit here is not bad, but not exactly perfect either. I found that I needed more filler than I would have liked on the wing roots as they just didn't match up well. I also had some filler needs at the front section of the wing as well. If it sounds as if I needed filler on each join, then you are correct. In some cases a lot and in others very little. I needed none, however on the tailplanes. Those attached with no trauma at all.

I now had a complete airframe. Turning to the underside, the carb intake was glued on and then the belly radiator. This last part was a two piece affair that fit well, though I did end up doing a lot of sanding as the front section was larger than the aft. It fit into the depression on the underside of the wing with no problems. As is typical of many Hasegawa 1/72 kits, the canopy is a single piece. This was masked off using Tamiya tape, and after a bit of touchup painting was done to the interior, the canopy was glued in place. I should mention that the gunsight is molded onto a fuselage half and not a very strong attachment as it disappeared during one of the many sanding sessions!

With the canopy in place and masked, it was time to add some paint.


I had decided to do the other decal option in the box; the one for 1 squadron. Two reasons: one is that I don't have a model from this unit, and the other is that it didn't have a sky fuselage band! Colors for this aircraft are Dark Earth and Dark Green uppers with Duck Egg Blue undersides. There is much new material on underside colors for aircraft of this period, so you can probably use any of the pale blue or green underside colors without too much fear of being told you are wrong. Not having and Duck Egg Blue, I used good old Sky for this color. The Dark Earth was an Aeromaster color, the Dark Green was Xtracolor and the Sky was Gunze, so all sorts of different paint types were used.

For the upper surfaces, the camo was hard edge masked as in this scale that would be the best way to do it. Once that was done, the wheel wells were hand painted in aluminum as that seems to have been the standard color. Then the kit was taken back to the work bench and had the landing gear glued in place. The holes for the main gear are quite a bit larger than the gear legs so you need to be careful on how these dry. Even though I thought mine were initially even, after several hours one of them had managed to move a bit during drying and they are not perfectly aligned! Once dry, the kit was taken back to the paint shop and sprayed with a clear gloss in preparation for decals. Of course, the Xtracolor parts didn't need it as they were already glossy!

Once 'slicked' up it was time for the decals. As I mentioned, I wanted to use the markings for 1 Sq. As with most Hasegawa decals, the number of data markings is at a minimum so decaling is not a lengthy process. I used Solvaset on them and had no unusual problems or disasters when applying them, which is unusual in itself! Once the decals had dried, the kit was sprayed with matte clear and it was back to the bench for the final bits.


There were a few bits and pieces that were not glued on for fear of breaking them when doing decals and matte coat. One of these was the prop assembly. Now to me the prop blades look a bit odd, but I have been assured that they are correct for the type. I also had a devil of a time getting the blades aligned. I really do not like these separate blade setups unless they have a very positive alignment, which this kit does not. The spinner and blades were sprayed flat black and the yellow tips brushed on. Then the spinner was given a coat of Future gloss clear as the matte color just didn't look right. It was then pressed onto the shaft.

The masking was removed from the canopy and the clear landing lights were simply press fit into place (they really fit tight). Flipping the model on its back, the gear doors were glued in place and fit rather poorly. The carb and radiator intakes were given a bit of paint treatment to make them look better and the underwing pitot tube glued on. The final assembly step was the addition of the stretched sprue radio antenna wire. I use clear sprue for this as the antennas are just about invisible in photographs. Final touch was some staining with pastels and outlining the control surfaces with a Rapidograph.


Really a very nice model. Typical of Hasegawa, it is a bit fiddly in places and one does end up sanding off some detail. I didn't think the rear fuselage canvas effect was that terrible and overall it is one that I can recommend. If you are into super-detailing, there are a myriad of aftermarket things available for it.

August 2001

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