1/48 Monogram Hurricane Mk.IIb

This is another of my “WWII in Malaya" build. This is a Hurricane Mk IIB stationed in RAF Seletar in Singapore. The Hurricanes arrived in Singapore in January 1942, and were too late to stop the Japanese advance in Malaya and they were soon withdrawn to Sumatra.

The is the old Monogram kit, the mold dating back to 1968. This is a raised line kit and came with a zillion of raised rivets on the wings. I rescribe the line on the fuselage and leave the wing rivets alone.

This kit came with a lot of goodies; tropicalised air filter which is needed for the Singapore based Hurricane, and a wide selection of weapons including 20mm & 40mm cannons, rockets and bombs.

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The part fit was pretty good despite the age of the mold, however the office is almost non-existence, just a pilot stick to the wall. I added a seat from the Tamiya’s Buffalo kit and some side wall detail. This is by no mean accurate but with the canopy closed, there is nothing much that can be seen anyway. The wheel bay design is for workable landing gear, so it is empty. I also added some plastic card to close it.

Camo painting is done with Gunze RAF colors; Dark Earth and Dark Green, and a lighter tone of the basic colors + white was spray for panel toning effect, and belly was painted with Tamiya sky. Decals taken from kits and the serial number is custom printed.

For weathering, I did a black enamal wash, followed by the paint chips done by using silver pen...finally a layer of matt coat to seal everything.

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Photo & text by Thomas Ng

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