Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
Trumpeter, 1/24 scale
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|Contents and Media:
||260 parts in light grey and clear
injection molded plastic; vinyl tyres; photo-etched parts for harness
and cockpit details; markings for two
||Australian retail price around
AUD$135.00. Will be available worldwide from hobby shops.
||High level of detail; restrained
surface detail on fuselage (especially fabric rendition); accurate overall outline compared to
published drawings; constant and crisply engraved panel lines; good quality moldings; nicely detailed
engine and cockpit parts; very thin, clear and accurate transparent parts.
||Some details missing from cockpit;
incorrect colour for code letters; questionable shape of propeller
Trumpeter's 1/24 scale Hurricane Mk.I will be available online from Squadron.com
Trumpeter's new 1/24 scale Hurricane Mk.I comprises 260
injection molded parts in grey plastic and clear styrene (including clear side
engine covers), vinyl tyres and ignition harness, a photo-etched fret with
cockpit details and a Sutton Harness, and an acetate sheet with printed instruments.
Click the thumbnails below to view
The parts are perfectly moulded.
The most obvious surface feature on a Hurricane is the
fabric texture on the rear fuselage, and this is done extremely well. The
fabric is depicted in all the appropriate places, supplemented with recessed
panel lines, selected rivet lines and fasteners as required. In my opinion,
the fuselage looks excellent.
The wings get a more intense rivet treatment, but these are
largely a substitute for panel lines. In fact, there are only a handful of
recessed panel lines on each wing. The rivets are smaller and sharper than
on any of the earlier Trumpeter 1/24 scale kits, and I think that the wings
and other riveted surfaces should look fine under a coat of paint. If they
are not to your taste, they are small enough that a coat of Mr Surfacer and
some sanding should subdue the effect. Ejector pin marks are, for the most
place, not placed in visible locations except for a few inside the wing
machine gun bays.
Fabric surface detail on the rudder and elevators is even more
subtle that the fuselage. This restrained approach is a major change for
Soft vinyl parts are supplied for the tyres and ignition
The clear parts are remarkably thin and flexible.
All control surfaces, including the flaps, are separate but
simply glue together - no fiddling with metal hinges and workable parts.
Cockpit and engine detail is quite good. The engine includes
flexible ignition leads. The cockpit, however, will benefit from additional work
as a few details are missing. The instrument panel is supplied as a clear part
with acetate instruments. It is pleasing to see that the instrument lenses
moulded in place in clear plastic, not hollow as in many previous releases. The
inclusion of the photo-etched Sutton Harness is very welcome too.
Detail extends into the wing, where the gun access panels may be
left open to display the .303 Browning machine guns.
The decals are nicely printed. However, the red is too bright and the
codes are supplied in white, not Medium Sea Grey as they should be.
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The model represents a late Hurricane Mk.I with metal wings,
Rotol "blunt" spinner and (I assume) a De Havilland 10' 8" three-bladed
variable pitch metal propeller
I compared the fuselage, wings and tailplanes to enlarged
scale drawings from SAM Publications' Modeler's Datafile 2 - Hawker
The plastic parts conformed almost perfectly to the outlines
of the plans.
The only question is the shape of the kit's propeller
blades, which do not really look like any Hurricane blades that I can find.
Trumpeter's new Hurricane Mk.I kit is, in my opinion, probably
the best 1/24 scale aircraft kit to be released to date with its good level
of detail, appropriate surface features and straightforward engineering.
I hope that Trumpeter's future releases are as well researched
and executed as this one.
Sample purchased by reviewer
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