Mistercraft Hawker Hurricane ‘Battle of Britain’ 1/72
- Product Name : Hurricane Mk.1a 'Battle of Britain'
- Product Number : D-180
- Manufacturer : Mistercraft
The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s–40s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was overshadowed in the public consciousness by the Supermarine Spitfire’s role during the Battle of Britain in 1940, but the Hurricane inflicted 60 per cent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe in the engagement, and fought in all the major theatres of the Second World War.
The Hurricane originated from discussions between RAF officials and aircraft designer Sir Sydney Camm about a proposed monoplane derivative of the Hawker Fury biplane in the early 1930s. Despite an institutional preference for biplanes and lack of interest from the Air Ministry, Hawker refined their monoplane proposal, incorporating several innovations which became critical to wartime fighter aircraft, including retractable landing gear and the more powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. The Air Ministry ordered Hawker’s Interceptor Monoplane in late 1934, and the prototype Hurricane K5083 performed its maiden flight on 6 November 1935.
In June 1936, the Hurricane went into production for the Air Ministry; it entered squadron service on 25 December 1937. Its manufacture and maintenance was eased by using conventional construction methods so that squadrons could perform many major repairs without external support. The Hurricane was rapidly procured prior to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, when the RAF had 18 Hurricane-equipped squadrons in service. The aircraft was relied on to defend against German aircraft operated by the Luftwaffe, including dogfighting with Messerschmitt Bf 109s in multiple theatres of action.
The Hurricane was developed through several versions, into bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers, and ground support aircraft as well as fighters. Versions designed for the Royal Navy known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications enabling operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts. By the end of production in July 1944, 14,487 Hurricanes had been completed in Britain, Canada, Belgium and Yugoslavia. Source – Wikipedia
Inside the box there are decals for several Royal Air Force Hurricanes, including several from 303 Squadron. The instructions are decent. The kit is ex-Frog and ex-Smer. The original was a Mk.II Hurricane, the kit is a re-box. The wings feature wing cannons that were not on the Mk.1 so these will have to be cut off. There is raised panel line detail also.
- Decent instructions
- Decals prone to breaking up
- Advertised as a Hurricane Mk.1 on the box, but the kit is actually a Mk.II
- Raised panel lines
- Bad fit, especially on the wings
In conclusion, this kit is not for people who want an accurate model of a Mk.1 Hurricane. On my kit the squadron code decals broke up so I left the aircraft with just roundels as a tribute to everyone who flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain.