Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb

1/32 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb

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The Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb with the new Merlin XX, performance was good enough to keep the ageing Hurricane in production. Hawker soon introduced the new Mark IIA Series 2 with either of two wings; one mounting 12 Brownings, the other with four Hispano cannon in the original gun-bays. The first Series 2s, armed with 12 .303 in (7.7 mm) Brownings (four per wing in the original gun-bays and two more in new gun-bays outboard of the landing lights) arrived in October. These Mk IIA Series IIs also featured a new longer propeller spinner and later become the Mark IIB in April 1941. The tailwheel recess on the ventral keel was changed in shape and the tailwheel leg became a levered-suspension unit with a small torque link.


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Fly models was always a low profile manufacturer , who produce high ("traditional Czech" ) quality , limited run , unusual themed models , in a reasonable price .
This kit is not about something so "exotic" but , still interesting for anyone who builds models of WW2 era .

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So , let's begin our walk  in the contents of the durable and beautifully decorated box  .
First sight matters and in this case is very satisfactory . My sample is a really durable box , tight closed with the contents protected well .
The box artwork is a beautiful colored print of a SAAF Mk.Iib Hurry and the spues comes in transparent envelopes in various sizes .

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Even the instructions leaflet is protected in gelatine , as well as the decals sheets .
Although not my first Fly models kit , this company manages to surprise me with the personality of her models . 
One would say that every kit is the epitome of the model, as it does with few pieces, it offers so much detail and choices .

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So , let's see in summary what's in the box and then analyze them .
* A full model of the Hurricane Mk. Iib in tan styrene plastic .
* Really nice surface details (rivets , panels , panel lines , "fabric" surfaces etc) scribed or embossed . 
* Possitionable tail rudder and elevators
* Resin weel wells , weels , tail weel , pilot's seat , exhausts , landing lights and some smalest parts mainly for the cockpit , all very clear and very detailed casting (look at the tyres for the firm "DUNLOP" on) . As the box mentioned , the resin parts are made by Artillery models .
* Two photo etched frets with alot of parts for the belly radiator , instrument panel, pilot's belts & headrest , cockpit floor , handles , levers and more .As the box mentioned , PE parts are made by Hauler .
* 3D Instrument panel , or "sandwich" , with photo etched main and secondary panels , instrument bezels in clear gelatine and some instruments in separated photo etched parts .
* Detailed and very clear canopy, landing lights, formation lights, recognition lights and windshield armor.
* Self adhesive scribing template for scribe and grind some surfaces and details on the wings
*  Simple and clever engineered parts and build of the model , that helps even the rookie to finish a realistic model .
*  One A4 sized decal sheet and one more just the half of the 1st , with decals for six flying machines , very well printed , using the minimum of the very thin film, right in colors , perfectly centralized and with many  - probably all - the necessary stencils for a full decorated Hurricane Mk. Iib .As the box mentioned , decals are made by Techmod .
*  Six different and beautifull and interesting colour schemes , from metal dopping to grey , light blue , tan , dark earth and green combinations .
*  Last but not least , 28 pages instructions leaflet , very  detailed and illustrative at all stages of the construction, leaving no doubt about anything .

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About the styrene parts : All the 81 pieces are very clean , without pin markings or flash plastic on the edges etc , even on the smalest parts . Quality of the plastic is fine for handling , glueing ,sanding , drilling etc and the only lack is about some construction pins . None of those useful little friends are present on the model (wings or fuselage) and the modelers must give some extra attention for having all the parts right alligned .

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Resin parts, all 17 are beyond any expectation, perfectly casting, free of bubbles, markings, cracks, scratches or anything else that can disturb a carefree build of .

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Clear parts are exactly what their name says : clear !
All 13 parts are crystal clear , durable and with clearly the necessary details like canopy frame etc .

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The 70 photo etched parts , perfectly and professionally etched on their frets , areabsolutelly clean , detailful and useful .Clearly numbered and easy to cut and handle , together with the clear gelatine , makes the difference .

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The scribbing template is something that really impressed me. The philosophy behind this , I think , is about simpler molds for the wings and thus lower price for the customer  - us -  , plus the feeling of satisfaction that the wings have "handmade" gun  access doors , engraved by us .

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Decals sheets are just fantastic , from the biggest absolutelly centralized roundels to the tiny stencils , all totally readable !
Colours are very "live" and right in shade compared with colour chips from my FS5595B official catalogue .

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Hurricane Mk.IIb of 11 operational unit, SAAF, Port Elizabeth airfield, 1945


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Hurricane Mk.IIb, Soviet AF, standart RAF camouflage, Karelian front,1942


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Hurricane Mk.IIb, Portuguese AF, Espinho airfield, 1948-52


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Hurricane Mk.IIb, No. 317 (Polish) Sqdn RAF, 1941


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Hurricane Mk.IIb, Central Flying School, Royal Rhodesian AF, based at Norton Air Base, Rhodesia, 1945


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Hurricane Mk.IIb, Free French Air Force, in non-standard camouflage and marking, North Africa 1942


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If you think we are talking for a limited run kit , from a small company , with all of those parts, the rich dowry (photo etched , resins , decals sheet etc) , the whole quality, the level of details and the attention with which it has been designed and finally manufactured a piece without any error, at least a model without any obvious error, all in a box for 54.00€ , then I believe Fly models have done a very well work .
The manufacturer could also take advantage of the fact that on this scale there are not many choices and asks for a higher price, which he did not do in his honor .  So , if you like to build a Mk. IIb Hurricane , straight from the box without the need to buy aftermarket goodies but without compromising on quality and detail, Fly will not disappoint you .
Highlly recommented !


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