Feature Article with Dave Coward
Just before we get started, here’s a look at how it all turned out…
I had been looking for a Mk.1 Hurricane for quite a while to go with my Tamiya Mk.1 Spitfire that I had built as it would make a nice little Battle of Britain display in my cabinet. My initial preference had been for the Hasegawa kit as I had previously built it and I knew it was a nice kit but finding one was to prove quite frustrating due to both its scarcity and the process it’s commanded both from retailers and on eBay. The one day I happened to be in my local model shop and I saw the Airfix kit so naturally I had to look in the box and was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. The surface detail was refined, there was no flash and the decals were perfect so out I walked with it.
A quick look in SMN’s Finished Now shows Geoff has made a previous boxing of this kit, the Mk.1 Trop and rated it so on to the bench it went.
- eduard Colour interior set FE1102
- eduard Steel seatbelts set FE1105
- eduard Brassin exhaust stacks 648230
- eduard Brassin wheel set 648229
- Quickboost rear view mirrors QB48 741
- eduard Camouflage Scheme B mask set EX473
The kit has two options in it. Both being Battle of Britain Mk.1s which was ideal for what I wanted:
- 303 (Polish) Sqn. RF-J V6665 (Sgt. Tadeusz Andruszkow)
September 1940 Battle of Britain – RAF Northolt
- 87 Sqn. LK-A P2798 (Flt. Lt Ian Richard (Widge) Gleed)
August 1940 World War 2»Battle of Britain – RAF Exeter
The decision was which one – as I liked both so I tossed a coin in the end and option B was chosen, Ian Gleed’s aircraft. One thing to note about these two options is one has camouflage Scheme A and the other Scheme B so be aware of this when painting or in my case ordering up camouflage mask sets. A little research of the internet showed me pictures of the aircraft of choice which is always good.