Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I – The Gap… The Answer

I had to find out why I had such a GAP.

I had a hunch and I needed a proof. I opened the second kit I have and dried fitted the fuselage to the wings.

Lo and behold! I had not followed the instructions again…

I had glued the front bottom part first.

That’s what had been causing the GAP.

The Hurricane is now in my makeshift plane hangar along with the Tempest.

Painting should begin in August unless something unexpected happens as it always does.

Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I – The Gap

Frustration is gradually taking over…

I am still trying to figure out how come I got this GAP.

I had taken apart the whole cockpit assembly, one part at a time, but to no avail.

The GAP was still there!

This is what I had tried first to close the GAP…

But the gap was still too obvious to my liking and I tried closing it again.

I have decided to get over it. No frustration whatsoever with the tail assembly.

I might be using this build to practice my airbrushing skills even if I know frustration will soon get the better of me…

One thing for sure I will tackle this one another day.

Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I – Progress Report 2.0

My progress report will be a weekly installment but I can change my mind. This is where I am at right now.

I had this question in the back of my mind. I have seen modelers on YouTube painting parts and then glueing them. Shouldn’t you be scraping painting parts before cementing?

I got my answer from Jeff, the Inch High Guy.

In general, yes. You get a much better bond that way. Lately I’ve been leaning more in the direction of gluing what ever I can together as early in the construction as possible and painting later, as long as it makes sense to do so.

On another note…

I went to my local hobby shop last Saturday, got some supplies and good advice as always. I also got the P-38.

I got this in the mail today.

Experience has been paying off. I don’t try to cement different parts at the same time anymore and I wait before the part is solidly glued before moving the next step.

I use quick setting cement to glue small parts like the yoke which came in two parts. Was it necessary for Airfix to split it in two?

Glueing parts B1 and B3 to the bottom wing instead of just clamping B3 did cause me problems later when glueing the seat.

I managed to squeeze in some of the parts but there was some misalignment.

The seat would not sit in properly.

I still have to learn to follow instructions. Next time I am going to skip a few steps by leaving out the .303 machine guns.

Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I

Have a seat because this might take a long time.

This is a drone view when I started building Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I.

Since learning more about Jacques Chevrier I have decided to build the Hurricane part of Battle of Britain Ready for Battle.

Lee Walsh who is a researcher has spent countless hours documenting Jacques Chevrier’s record of service in the RCAF and the RAF.

Thank to Lee Jacques Chevrier will get all the recognition he deserves after 80 years being one of the “Few”.

Watching how this modeler had tackled Airfix’s rendition of the Hurricane I was confident to get a head start by clamping part B3.

The first problem encountered was that part B3 was warped.

I chose to cement the part with Tamiya quick setting cement not realizing I would be getting into trouble later.

I think trouble is my middle name…

Hawker Hurricane Mk I 1/48 scale full build, Airfix A05127A

This is post 99 of a blog I thought about deleting when it was created.

One reader made me change my mind.

I don’t have that many readers but that besides the point of going forward with My Forgotten Hobby V which is about sharing how I sometimes struggle building model kits.

After viewing this YouTube video I know building Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk. I will probably be testing my resilience a whole lot more than I first thought it would…

However it’s too late now to be reconsidering what I have already started last Friday…

To be continued…









Finding something to write about – Part 6

I always have something to write about… This time it’s what occurred 80 years ago today.

But before writing about it, I have this problem with this build. I can’t remember which paint I had used for the Hawker Tempest.

I didn’t have that problem with the F9F Panther since I was using Vallejo Glossy Sea Blue.

I took out all the paint I had and did a quick check of what I had used.

Which one was it? Was it Tamiya or homemade paint?

I didn’t want to test any on the Tempest so I tested my homemade paint on this plastic sheet.

Not sure…

I remembered I had mixed some acrylic paint to use on the RAF truck and maybe I wanted to test it also on the Tempest.

I know I shouldn’t be testing homemade paint on a model kit but I keep doing this time and time again.

Maybe I have learned my lesson now.

About learning my lesson…

I said I wasn’t going to start a new build before finishing what I had already started.

Well I just can’t wait starting something new and this is “might” be the next build.

It’s about honouring Squadron Leader Jacques Chevrier.

INFORMATION COURTESY OF LEE WALSH, CAHS Toronto Chapter: “Squadron Leader Joseph Armand Jacques Chevrier C/856 had joined the RCAF in 1938 and after finishing training at Trenton went on to serve with No. 110 City of Toronto AUX Squadron and was transferred overseas in February 1940. By September 1940 he and 5 other pilots has volunteered to be transferred to fighter command and eventually flew in the Battle of Britain. Chevrier completed nearly 27 sorties with No. 1 (f) RAF Squadron before being transferred back to No. 1 (f) RCAF Squadron just days before the battle ended. He remained with No. 1 RCAF Squadron until February 1941 when he came down with pneumonia. While back in Canada recovering, he was attached to RCAF/HQ and in July 1941 was appointed as an aide to the Governor General. In January 1942 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and later took command of No. 130 Squadron at Mont Joli. Sadly, on July 6th, 1942 he and his Kittyhawk aircraft suddenly ditched while orbiting the small hamlet of Les Capucins, Quebec. Despite a lengthy search for his missing aircraft, he remains missing to this day. Locals have been quoted as saying they have spotted Chevrier’s missing aircraft on the river bottom while fishing.

“As of October 2021, he is one of the 113 Canadians that flew in the Battle of Britain and fully qualifies for the 1939-45 Star with BoB Clasp. But sadly, due to a number of errors this medal along with others were never given to his late father, Dr. Aurele Chevrier who passed away in the early 1960s.


Jacques Chevrier flew the Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain but was never given credit for being part of the “Few”!