It was always going to happen. Arma Hobby has reissued its 1/48 new-tool Hawker Hurricane parts, this time with markings for the Mk.IIc Trop.
Unsurprisingly, Arma Hobby’s recent all-new 1/48 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc has quickly won over legions of modellers. Never shy of exploiting its moulds, though, the firm has rapidly released a follow-on package (40005), re-supplying all the generic styrene runners, plus three colour schemes for tropical Hurricane Mk.IIc airframes… therefore fitted with the under-nose Vokes filter. As with the previous release, there are three properly busy grey styrene runners and one clear frame, but also provided are pre-cut tape masks for the wheels and cockpit glazing. Tropical status ensures interesting liveries for Hurricanes employed in warmer climes:
• L8792/C Baloney!!, Sqn Ldr C P N Newman, 34 Squadron RAF, South East Asia Command, Dergaon/Imphal, India, spring 1944
• HL885/AX-Z Oops!, Lt Stewart ‘Bomb’ Finney, 1 Squadron South African Air Force, LG142, Egypt, September 1942
• HL851/GO-P The MacRobert Fighter Sir Iain, 94 Squadron RAF, El Gamil airfield, Egypt, 1942-43
Each airframe has subtle nose art, while two camouflage schemes are employed. There’s Dark Earth and Dark Green over Medium Sea Grey for the SEAC machine, whole the other two wear desert tones of Dark Earth, Middle Stone and Azure Blue. Interestingly, one of the airframes is fitted with just one cannon in each wing. The decals are splendid, the sheet offering not just a full array of stencils but also instrument panel décor and seatbelts. This new Hurricane costs €45 direct from Arma Hobby, but it’s also at Hannants in the UK for £45.99.