Airfix 1/48 Sea Hurricane Mk.IB

Since being taken over by Hornby, Airfix has been retooling many of its kits.  One of these was the classic 1/48 Hurricane Mk.1  I built one of these several years ago and although it builds up quite well, you can tell the mold is from 1979.  In 2015 Airfix retooled the Mk1, into a universally well-received kit. The kit contained parts giving a clue to what Airfix was planning with the mold, namely a tropical version and a Sea Hurricane version.

The tropical version came out in 2016 and in 2017 it’s the sea version’s turn to shine.  The box comes quite well packed and starts with some great box art. Thanks to Broughdale Hobbies for ordering one in for me.

There are 127 parts arranged across 5 sprues, a decal sheet providing 2 marking choices and a very good instruction manual.   The manual is very clearly laid out and shows a step by step logical progression of the build.  There are full color marking guides with color callouts to Humbrol Enamels. 

The molding quality is excellent with the panel lines, rivets and fabric texture all molded correctly in the correct places.  The canopy has both a opened and closed option and the gun bays can be opened up with impressive looking detail. There are even two propellers choices comprising of Rotol and deHavilland options.

The control surfaces are molded separately so they can be placed in a different position, landing gear includes the flattening of the tire which saves you the trouble of sanding it down yourself. The cockpit is quite detailed including the metal tubular cockpit frame as well as pedals, instrument panel, and seat,  

In conclusion, this kit represents 21st-century technology and leaves the older mold firmly in the past.  It is easily the best value for this subject currently on the market.  Hopefully, modelers will see the value in this and some of the other new kits that Airfix is producing.


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