Dirk's Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb "White 01"

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dirkpitt289
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May 7th, 2020, 8:24 pm

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b]The kit[/b]

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There are 54 parts. At a glance they are nicely molded with recessed panel lines.

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Famous for its heroics during the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane was considered for use by the Royal Navy after the threat to British shipping convoys greatly increased in late 1940. Initially, "tired" Hurricane Mk.Ia aircraft were modified to operate from catapults on freighters called Fighter Catapult Ships and Catapult Armed Merchantmen (CAM-ship).

While Soviet pilots typically preferred US-built fighters such as the P-39 Airacobra over the British Hawker Hurricane, the latter was the first Western Allied aircraft to arrive in the Soviet Union and thus played a vital role at a crucial stage in the war on the Eastern Front. Indeed, with the first examples arriving in September 1941, the Hurricanes had an almost immediate impact on the war in the Arctic, where they flew air defense missions around the key warm water port of Murmansk. Throughout the winter of 1941- 1942, the Soviet Hurricanes suffered heavy losses against the highly-trained Luftwaffe pilots, but a significant number of Soviet pilots would earn their proverbial stripes in the unpopular British fighter before transitioning to P-39s, P-40s, and more advanced Soviet-built fighters.

For this build I will be building the Lend Lease aircraft, "White 01" of Major-General A A Kuznetzov, Eastern Front. In September Kuznetzov, CO of the Navel Air Forces, of the Soviet Northern Fleet arrived to test-fly an Hurricane. He was an expert pilot with thousands of hours of flight time to his credit. Nobody doubted his ability to fly the Hurricane for the first time. Kuznetzov was presented with his own Hurricane so the roundels and fin flash of Z5252 were painted over with the Russian star and the number "01" was added to the side of the fuselage. The press photos taken at the time clearly show the Russian star painted over the RAF roundels.


In order to make this build a reality I will need some Russian decals and it just so happens I have a set.

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Stay tuned
.... Dirk


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dirkpitt289
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May 8th, 2020, 6:22 pm

wouldn't you know. Within minutes of starting this i'm having one of my favorite moments.

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NOT AGAIN!!! the canopy is missing!. $%*frickin%#$*&frackin%#$@!(**^ Hoe!!!! Does revell have any quality control practices in place? Holly good god!

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I'm done.....

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.... Dirk


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dirkpitt289
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May 11th, 2020, 2:42 pm

Here is the starting foundation. It's actually pretty nice out of the box. Both the seat and the armor plate appear to be the correct shape no there will be no need to surgically alter anything at this point.

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With the seat in place I used a pin vice to drill a hole to mount the first bits of the frame work. At first I tried to just glue the styrene into place but it was cumbersome and the parts kept falling off.

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Here everything is trimmed up

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Thanks for taking the time to look at my project
.... Dirk


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May 15th, 2020, 1:47 pm

Time to move forward. What inevitably happens during my builds is that something gets pointed out or discovered AFTER I move on to another step or where I'm past the point of an easy fix. This project is no different. What was discovered was that the head rest is all wrong for this bird. In the place of the head rest should be an armor plate. To be honest its still not a difficult fix at this stage but I just needed to point it out that it happened every dang time. In the immortal words of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor it's time for MORE POWER which in the case is in the form of my handy dandy Drummel.

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As you can see I was able to cleanly wipe away the head rest. I also added some throttle levers to the side panels

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If you squint just right you can see the throttle controls. I also added the armor plate to the area where the head rest was. This was made with some Evergreen plastic card.

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Painted

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Now we say goodbye to all that work... Closing up the fuselage

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That's all for now. Till next time... B - Strong
.... Dirk


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May 18th, 2020, 11:23 am

Time to tackle the wing

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Wings assembled, but there is a lot more cleanup to be done on these

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Ok I'll be the first to admit I can be slow on the uptake on things but how I got this far into it without realizing it is beyond me. If you look at the actual pictures of Whie 01 at the beginning of the thread you will notice and even see in the history that this plane was shipped with the "tropical" filter still in place. Well the MkIIb kit doesn't come with a "tropical" filter

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Well lucky for me I happen to have a MkIIc in the stash which comes with the filter as a separate piece. *whew* Crises averted

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Here we got the wings and tail planes in place. I will say that this is a really nice kit. Nice detail and the seams are great. The only filler I needed so far is between the rear of the cockpit and the antenna mast and then again a little just in front of the cockpit.

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Tropical Filter

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.... Dirk


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May 19th, 2020, 3:54 pm

After I looked photos of these last few steps Its hard to see a difference but surprisingly I do. Its unusual because usually the camera catches everything.

here we go, It's time to assemble the radiator intake. The way Academy has it set up the radiator intake sits in a recess.

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What this does is cause the radiator intake to sit what I think is too flush on the fuselage. Its hard to see here but its very noticeable from head on. Sorry but I seemed to have lost that photo.

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What I need to do is raise the front of the radiator a bit. Using my ever faithful Evergreen I set to work,

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I started by making a template of the recess. I used a piece of paper and a pencil

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Then thinking back to 3rd grade art class I took a rubbing of the opening.

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Then cut out the paper, this acts as my new template. I then trace that onto the Evergreen and cut it out

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The fit was pretty damn good

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Now this is how the radiator sits. From this angle it doesn't look much different

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But from head on, the result is much more noticeable.

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The difference is the space between the 2 red lines. This gap/space was nonexistent prior to adding the card stack. This would be much more evident if I was better at managing my photos, but... It is what it is. At least this effort will not go un-noticed like the cockpit detail.

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Now its time to start preping for paint.

Stay tuned my modeling friends.
.... Dirk


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May 20th, 2020, 8:13 pm

Last night I applied Azure Blue to the underside of the Russian Hurricane

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Now we wait
.... Dirk


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May 22nd, 2020, 11:05 am

Last night I applied Dark Earth to the top

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.... Dirk


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