Ever, the bridesmaid…

Ask anyone to name a famous fighter aircraft, and the vast majority will say “Spitfire”. Now, I’m not about to dis’ on Reginald Mitchell’s work of genius, but wherever there is a blushing bride there is also a bridesmaid, and the Spitfire/Seafire’s bridesmaid was the Hawker Hurricane/Sea Hurricane.

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This is an Airfix kit of the Mk.IIc Sea Hurricane. Much was as before with the Mk.XVII I told you about here. So, cut out a bit of the rear fuselage for the arrestor hook assembly, etc. The kit is very nicely modelled, needed very little filling and went together well. I went for a slightly odd paint scheme I have seen on other Sea Hurricanes and in which I understand 800NAS indulged briefly. White was applied over most of the dark colouring as a trial in Mediterranean conditions. I imagine they thought – “Hello, with the chaps all wearing tropical whites, shouldn’t the kites be blancoed as well?”

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The top of the nose was left alone, to minimise glare. 800NAS also indulged in their habit of adding red to everything, with the prop boss being a charmingly scarlet hue. The experiment was relatively short-lived, it was back to two-tone camouflage (extra dark sea grey and dark slate grey) for the rest of the war. The nice thing is that it gave me a chance to do a bit of weathering on it to make it look lived in. Very happy I am with it as well.

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