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Fly Models Hawker Hurricane Mk. IId 1/32  Part no. 32015

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History

The Hurricane originated from discussions during the early 1930s between RAF officials and British aircraft designer Sir Sydney Camm on the topic of a proposed monoplane derivative of the Hawker Fury biplane. Despite an institutional preference for biplanes at the time and repeated lack of interest by the Air Ministry, Hawker chose to continue refining their monoplane proposal, which resulted in the incorporation of several innovations that would become critical to wartime fighter aircraft, such as a retractable undercarriage and the newly developed Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. In late 1934, the Air Ministry placed an order for Hawker's "Interceptor Monoplane". On 6 November 1935, the prototype Hurricane, K5083, performed its maiden flight.

In June 1936, the Hurricane was ordered into production by the Air Ministry; the type entered squadron service on 25 December 1937. The manufacture and maintenance of the aircraft was greatly eased by its use of conventional construction methods, which enabled squadrons to perform many major repairs themselves without much external support. The Hurricane was rapidly procured prior to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, by which point, the RAF operated a total of 18 Hurricane-equipped squadrons. The aircraft quickly found itself being heavily relied upon to defend against the vast and varied German aircraft operated by Luftwaffe, including dogfighting with the capable Messerschmitt Bf 109, across multiple theatres of action. It is perhaps best known for its contribution to Britain's home defences during the Battle of Britain. The Hurricane evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft which acted as fighters, bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers (also called "Hurribombers") and ground support aircraft. Further navalised versions, which were popularly known as the Sea Hurricane, received modifications that enabled their operation from ships; some of these were converted to be used as catapult-launched convoy escorts, known as "Hurricats". By the end of production in 1944, in excess of 14,583 Hurricanes had been completed (including at least 800 that had been converted to a Sea Hurricane configuration and around 1,400 that had been constructed in Canada by Canadian Car and Foundry).

The Mk.II

The improved Merlin XX (Mk.20) engine appeared in 1940 featuring a new two-speed supercharger that could have its impeller speed changed by the pilot depending on the outside air pressure (altitude). At about 18,000 feet (5,500 m) (effective), it would be switched to a higher speed gearing ("FS ratio" – Full Supercharge) for added compression, while below that, at its lower speed gearing, ("MS ratio" – Moderate Supercharge), it "robbed" less power from the engine. The result was more power at both lower and higher altitudes, dramatically increasing the overall performance of the engine, peaking at 1,280 horsepower (950 kW). Because of the new engine the bay immediately in front of the cockpit was lengthened by 4 inches (100 mm). The carburettor air intake under the forward centre-section was redesigned and moved back 3 inches (76 mm). The more powerful engine was cooled by a 70% to 30% water glycol mix, rather than pure glycol used for earlier Merlin versions. This and the increased cooling requirements required a larger radiator and a redesigned, circular oil cooler housed in a deeper, slightly wider "bath". Mk IIs were used in ground support, where it was quickly learned that destroying German tanks was difficult; the cannons did not have the performance needed, while bombing the tanks was almost impossible. The solution was to equip the aircraft with a 40 mm cannon in a pod under each wing, reducing the other armament to a single Browning in each wing loaded with tracers for aiming purposes. The Hurricanes No. 6 Squadron, the first squadron equipped with this armament, were so effective that the squadron was nicknamed the "Flying Can Openers". A winged can-opener became an unofficial squadron emblem, and is painted on present-day aircraft of 6 Squadron. The layout was originally tested on a converted Mk IIB and flew on 18 September 1941. A new-build version of what was known as the Mk IID started in 1942, including additional armour for the pilot, radiator and engine. The aircraft were initially supplied with a Rolls-Royce gun and carried 12 rounds, but soon changed to the 40 mm (1.57 in) Vickers S gun with 15 rounds. The weight of guns and armour protection had a marginal effect on the aircraft's performance. The IID undertook an anti-tank role in limited numbers during the North African campaign where, provided enemy flak and fighters were absent, they proved accurate and highly effective, not only against armoured vehicles but all motor transport.

The Kit

Fly have now produced most hurricane variants in 1/32 including Mk.1, Mk.II, variants, Sea Hurricane, tropical versions and now this one and for the most part they have been well received.  I know people who have built these and have seen a couple of these built and they look very nice. The kit comes in a nice sturdy top opening box with nice box art featuring a SEAC IID which makes a nice change from seeing a picture of a No.6 Sqdn Aircraft. On the side of the box are the 4 options as well as the companies that have contributed to this kit and what looks like sponsors in the case of MXbon and AK interactive (although it would have been nice to have paints and glue supplied! Interestingly the side of the box says Mk.IIB which certainly threw me for a minute.  Inside the box we have a bag containing  five sand coloured sprues, a separate bag containing the clear parts,  a bag of resin parts and a bag containing a decal sheet, two photo etched frets, a film sheet for instrument and a colour A5 instruction booklet.

Sprue A

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This contains parts for the fuselage and undercarriage legs. The two fuselage halves are nicely moulded with really nice fabric covering detail on the rear. Rocker cover bulges are separate as is the emergency knockout hatch on the starboard side panel, there is a small amount of interior detail present. Fastenings are nicely moulded and really fine along with nice restrained panel lines. In keeping with most limited run kits (and Fly is one) there are no locating pins anywhere.  Undercarriage legs are moulded with a nice detail and no flash or sink marks are evident. There is also the radiator flap in on this sprue.

Sprue B

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This sprue contains the wings, moulded in five separate parts with the lower centre section elsewhere on another sprue but the outers are here, and this is where the differences in most hurricane kits appears because the Mk.II had various wings depending on the variant with this one having a gun port for a single .303 on each wing (this was for sighting the 40mm guns).  Control surfaces are moulded in situ here (it would have been nice to have separate ailerons but keep those flaps up please unless you want to be in trouble with the CO!) surface detail here is gorgeous with finely engraved panel lines and wait for it, raised rivets! And very nice they are too. They are in keeping with the rest of the kit, well done Fly!

Sprue C

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This contains the centre section of the bottom of the wing, fabric control surfaces, cockpit parts, propeller blades, tailwheel strut, Spinner and pitot, all the parts are well moulded and there are 4 prop blades (I must say I’m not familiar with 4 bladed props on Hurricanes but there is a 4 bladed spinner and boss in the kit). There is a small amount of flash evident here, nothing a swipe with as scalpel or sanding stick wouldn’t sort. Cockpit frames look nice and correct thickness to scale and reflect the tubular structure of the Hurricane. The fabric detail on the control surfaces looks a little stark and may need toning down a bit but I need to check the references before I do I’m no expert!

Sprue D

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Here we have parts for the undercarriage doors more cockpit parts like rudder pedals control column and gunsight mount. The tail plane parts, tropical filter rocker covers and lots of parts not used in this kit so read the instructions carefully. Detail again looks nice with raised rivets on the undercarriage doors but the rest will be fairly smooth for exterior parts, again there is a small amount of flash present. The control column will benefit from a little from scratch building of cables for guns.

Sprue E

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Now lots of the parts on here will not be used apart from the radiator bath, radiator faces and the reason for the kit those 40mm Vickers S guns each gun is a 3 part assembly and the barrel will need drilling out(bear in mind that 40mm scaled down is 1.25mm). The flanges are moulded in but you may want to add some fastener detail here.  The radiator faces are devoid of detail as this is taken care of with the use of Photo etch. Also included on here are rocket rails and rockets as well as parts for a four bladed prop, as well as some drop tanks for other versions is there a Mk.IIe / Mk.IV on the way perhaps?

Clear sprue

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On here we have the windscreen and canopy as well as various light lenses and the armoured windscreen,  these are nicely done and crystal clear with well-defined framing and will be easy to mask what is nice to see is separate wingtip navigation lights on this kit as fits a kit of this scale as well as the lower nav lights for the bottom of the wing.

Resin parts

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As befits a limited run kit of its type small parts and parts that require more detail are cast in resin. And when it comes to wheels and tires the aftermarket is usually full of these this kit is no exception with parts cast by Artillery who I believe are a subsidiary part of Fly? So what about these wheels to start with the main wheels are cast nicely with thin pouring stubs, split pins are cast in as well as nice tread detail. The axle holes will need to be drilled out but there is a small pilot hole in place just be careful how deep you drill. Next up we have two fishtail exhausts again nicely cast with thin outlets cast in. Then we have a bracket for the landing light which sits inside the leading edge of the wing, this has some casting flash evident and will need careful removal from the stub. There is a very nicely cast seat which is to scale thickness and really nicely done probably the best hurricane seat I for one have seen. There is a cast undercarriage bay here with a cast in compressed air bottle and pipework as well as cast in undercarriage brackets, again casting flash is evident here. One thing I have found with all those I know who have built this kit is the undercarriage bay and/or top of the wings will need thinning to accommodate this. It goes without me having to say this that please please wet sand and wear a mask when thinning resin as polyurethane dust is nasty stuff when breathed in. Finally we have some small parts for the cockpit and other parts. One of the parts is the gunsight and it looks the business as well as a resin trim wheel for the cockpit. All in all a worthwhile addition but go careful here because none of these parts are replicated in plastic.

Photo Etch

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Two frets are supplied a large one containing seat belts, cockpit parts such as floor plates head armour, instrument panels, control horns and exterior parts such as radiator ribs, oil cooler ribs, oil deflector rings, landing light guards  and wing strengthening plates. The instrument panel is two part and has a separate film sheet, the film parts will need a white backing applying to give the gauges contrast and on the sheet there is also the lens for the gunsight with a spare (nice idea, I’m always losing gunsight parts).  I do believe there is a separate aftermarket panel available but on first look this looks pretty good. The second fret contains grilles for oil coolers, Radiators and air filters. The grilles look very fine and careful painting will result in lovely looking radiators and grilles. 

Decals

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The decals are marked up Fly models but my suspicion is they are printed by Techmod. They look thin, in register and glossy. A full set of stencils is included. There are four marking versions suppied as follows:

1         No.5 Squadron RAF,  Kharpur in India, July 1943 this is in typical SEAC camo of Dark green over Dark earth with Azure blue undersides.

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2         No. 6 Squadron RAF, Shandur  in Egypt,  April 1942 this is desert camo of Mid Stone over Dark earth with Azure blue undersides.

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3         No. 246 IAP Soviet Airforce, flown by Pilot Lt. Lepilin, 1944 No location is given. Standard RAF camo of Dark green over Ocean grey with Medium sea grey undersides.

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4         No.6   Squadron RAF, Shandur in Egypt 1942, again in desert camo of Mid stone over Dark Earth with Azure blue undersides.

 

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Instructions

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These are in A5 format centre stapled and in colour, however detail colour call outs aren’t made until the end of the instructions, my advice? Check your references, there is plenty out there, one of my favourites is  Peter Vachers book on restoring R4118 which is a Mk.1 but some of the interior shots are perfect for colours. The instructions however are clear and colour coded for the type of part you are fitting with different colours for plastic, film, PE etc.

Conclusion

I know James from this forum has built the sea Hurricane IIc and very nice it looks too, so has someone from My local club, but I do know of three or four more that have stalled. Why? do not think that this is a shake and bake kit and you will be fine, you will need to take your time and assemble with care. If you do and please do because it looks the business, then test fitting and thinning parts will be the order of the day. What’s more it’s a IId and I personally will forgive the kit a lot for the fact it’s a IId but I don’t think there is a lot to forgive. I may have to get another one of these and the fact you have other schemes than a 6 Squadron Aircraft so much the better.

My verdict

Recommended to those who have a number of kits built already but certainly one for my collection.

 

 

My thanks to Fly for the review sample

 

you can get yours Here at www.fly814.cz

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, Walrus said:

The nose looks like a MkI 
It may just be the way the little air scoops are situated but looking at the parts layout drawing, the extension for the Merlin XX seems absent to me.
 

 

I don't have the mk1 kit Paul so I can't compare the two I know the 2 came out first so I'd be interested to see the difference 

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4 hours ago, Walrus said:

Imma now gonna HAVE to go and find something wrong with the kit that would make it totally unbuildable ...
At least then I will have the comfort of sour grape juice to suck on! 


Thanks for the clarification, Darren! 
Sweet review btw.
Now you got me wanting a Soviet IID as well as a desert scheme. 

 

Go on you know you want too 

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