Finishing Up: Hurricane Part 14

“Weathering” can mean a lot of things. Sometimes I do believe that “weathering” reflects the age and the level of hormones within the model builder. The younger and more soaked in testosterone, the more the builder wishes to see blood pouring out of the cockpit and burned bits of the enemy caught in the undercarriage.


The “shading” effect comes from post-shading done using the charcoal method in my video.

I made it a little “extreme” to show up in photos for the blog. I want the effect to be visible. I think it’s a good effect. I also added a few small “paint chips” using a white charcoal pencil. I just put them on directly using the tip of the pencil. No fancy stuff.

I used the charcoal on a micro-brush to add in “smoke stains” behind the cartridge casing ejector ports. Note that there is no such staining aft of the machine gun ports. I also used it to make the exhaust stains. Please note that the exhaust stains do not just go straight back from the exhaust. Because of the airflow over the wing, the exhaust stain goes back and curves down toward the wing root. Look at some photos of the real thing to see this clearly.

I wish the Hasegawa kit hadn’t been such a disappointment (in terms of accuracy). It’s a fine kit, in terms of fit, but a poor one in terms of accuracy. Too bad.

I left the red tape intact to cover up the gun ports. I got them in the wrong place, but I can pass the buck to Hasegawa, again. The instructions are in error on the location of the gun ports. The Hasegawa instructions give bad directions concerning the assembly of the wing (the wing tops should be attached to the fuselage, then the wing bottom attached) the fuselage (the nose halves should be attached to each fuselage half, then the fuselage should be assembled).

The Hasegewa kit is of a Hurricane Mk.IIb. It is not a Mk.Ib, because there was no such thing as a Mk.Ib, and the kit is of a Mk.IIb–a perfectly fine Mk.IIb.

But not a Mk.Ib. No such thing.

The Hasegawa kit omits the wing walk markings (the black rectangles). These are important and should be on the decal sheet.

The antenna wire is made from nitinol wire. I almost hesitate to mention this because it’s a rather obscure item. All I can say is that I can’t suggest a good source for this material. I got it from a company that is now out of business. I can’t guarantee that you will be able to get the same kind of wire. All things considered, I’d recommend Easy Line instead.

So, this Hasegawa kit proved to be a bit of a bust. The finished model is okay, but the kit–I would not buy it again. The lesson I learned from this is that when you find something very cheap on eBay, there is usually a reason.


3 Replies to “Finishing Up: Hurricane Part 14”

  1. Those wing walk markings are usually missing from Hurricane and Spitfire kits whatever the make.

    As mentioned previously I don’t build scale replica’s though at times I want to get close. I wanted to do a Mk.IIa which wasn’t to get unless you bought the Hasegawa which is expensive in Europe and not available when I wanted it, mostly to get the length of fuselage correct so ended up settling for the Airfix/Heller IIc with a reworked sort-a wing.

  2. Easy Line/EZ line is great stuff. Don’t leave your model in the summer sun as it will burn off the line’s colour and make it sag/un-elastic!

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