Building this wonderful model has been a long work but a very rewarding matter. Trumpeter of China has made a very good job in realizing what we can refer to a really a faithful reproduction of the plane that was the workhorse in the Battle of Britain.
My customer Paul wanted to have it for his provate collection. Paul lives in Belgium and was very patient waiting for this huge kit to be finished. It took about 6 months of sometimes hard work to enhance at the best what are the basic features of a good kit. I added some personal enhancements like a new instrument panel and a faithful reproduction of the pilot who flew this aircratf in 1940 to defend Great Britain by nazi threat. One of the few men who Winston Churchill dedicated the famous quote “Never was so much owed by so many to so few“. The figure and plane owned to Squadron Leader Robert Stanford Tuck who survived not only the Battle but the whole war and participated as a consultant to the making of the famous movie “The Battle of Britain” in 1968.
The kit itself is very well casted with fine surface details and a nice reproduction of landing gear bay and cockpit. The engine is a delightful copy of the ubiquitous original Rolls-Royce Merlin. The tyres are real rubber giving the model a good overall look. The cockpit has been finished with photo-etched details and the instrument panel took a time to be finished properly with dials, levers and switches.
The painting has been made to reproduce 257th Squadron’s Hurricane flew by Stanford Tuck and displays the original R.A.F. colors in Dark Earth/Dark Green upper surfaces camoulage and Sky/Black identification undersides. Stanford Tuck wanted to have a red/white spinner on his plane and the Burma flag on starboard side of the fuselage.
A subtle but evident weathering and sign of wear was applied all over the model to make it look closer to the actual operational condition. Aircratfs often were left outdoor in rain and dust and the original paint was just a thin layer to minimize the weight of the paint itself.