Demo Builds

The idea here is to fix something that bugs me. I’m not going to correct every error. Just the stuff that I don’t like. For example. The “spine” of the Hurricane should extend under the sliding canopy. This is hard to replicate in plastic. Revell just chose to omit the part of the aircraft’s “spine” …

Continue reading Patience: Hurricane Part 9

Douglas Bader was a good example of what can go wrong when you have a guy in charge who is charismatic and aggressive. Bader wanted the RAF to fight the Battle of Britain differently, and he took his case to the very top, using his immense fame and status to gain the ear of Winston …

Continue reading Bader: Hurricane Part 8

I say that I’m not a builder but propellers seem to be one area where I put knife to plastic on a regular basis. I “redid” the early and later Rotol props. I used the same basic method that I used a few years ago for an Me-109E build. You drill a small hole in …

Continue reading Not Again! Hurricane Part 7

I’ve decided to go with my version of a Rotol prop. It fits better and looks slightly better (I think). Here’s what Hasegawa thinks makes this a Mk. I Hurricane. They included this tailwheel part as some kind of “errata” or something. If they had included an entire Mk. I kit, then I’d understand. I …

Continue reading Parts is Parts: Hurricane Part 6

I’ve said that I’m a painter, not a builder, but that is a matter of preference. I can fabricate things when I have to –but I try to avoid it. I’ve now fabricated three propeller assemblies for my two Hurricane kits (I think I’ll build the Revell Sea Hurricane as well) and I’ve learned more …

Continue reading Gay Blades: Hurricane Part 5

As my loyal readers already know, I have a problem with the dysfunctional mini-industry that has been built around the obsessions of a few old-timers who love to discuss aviation history on forums. Publishers like Squadron and Osprey get no respect from me. They provide “an approximation” of history. Good enough, but not good. Building …

Continue reading History Mystery: Hurricane Part 3

Now that I’m fully wired up and have access to a “Bat Computer” level of electronic data, I find that building some models takes on an entirely inappropriate level of persnickety-ness. In this case, I’ve found a bunch of models and paintings and illustrations showing the Hurricane of Douglas Bader (pronounced “bah-der,” not bade-ur) which …

Continue reading Props to My Homies: Hurricane Part 2