Marcin Mora from Koszalin Modelers Platoon built 1/72 Arma Hobby Hurricane IIB trop. It is worth seeing the results and reading what impressions the modeller, who usually builds in a 1/48 scale, shared with us!
I would like to share the gallery of the recently completed Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIB trop from Arma Hobby No. 70044 Model Kit.
Although the 1/72 scale is not my speciality, I was flooded by my colleagues with very positive reviews of the new Arma Hobby model kits, so I decided to find out for myself about the quality of these products. The choice fell on the above-mentioned kit. And I was not disappointed! Great quality of workmanship, very sharp and impressive detail (many 1/48 scale models would envy the details), and the whole fits perfectly, as you can see in the photo where parts of the model are connected only with tape.
During construction, I did not encounter any difficulties – only a minimum amount of putty was used, mainly to fill places typical for aircraft models – joints of the wing halves and the fuselage). Of aftermarket improvements, I used resin exhausts. I’ve added some extra bits built from scratch. Generally, when it comes to construction – pure pleasure. As for the painting – I chose the scheme included in the box: the Z5659 WK-C aircraft from the No. 135 RAF Squadron from Burma, 1942.
From the very beginning, I assumed that the plane was to be quite “worn” due to service and operation, so the number of efforts to achieve a satisfactory end result was quite large. I used the following products for painting: for the main camouflage: the Tamiya XF-52 and XF-60 paints, the bottom is a mix of XF-23, X-23, XF-18 and XF-2, the cockpit is the XF-71. The whole thing was initially primed with Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black, on it – using stencils – I applied a “marble” of white colour. Then I did the paint chipping on the wings and fuselage: I airbrushed at first AK Worn Effects and then AK XTREME Metal Aluminum. After the basic painting was ready, a whole series of treatments were carried out to achieve the final look. I used different postshading and weathering techniques. At this stage, I used products such as Olibrushes from AMMO Mig, AK washes and dry pastels. The whole is protected with a semi-matt Gunze varnish. The kit decals were great, went very well with use of Microscale SET and SOL fluids. Finally, I did the stand – a turned aluminium disc on which I reproduced the British flag – in a heavily weathered version.
In conclusion – the construction did not disappoint me. Basing on the set of sprues included in this kit, you can make a model which is very impressive and faithful to the original. This kit is worth recommending, even for novice modellers. Therefore, with this one in the bag, I have already filled my stash with another Arma “72s”: Mustang, Wildcat and Hayate.
- Check Hurricane Mk IIb trop in the Arma Hobby webstore
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