Hurricane Mk II D
What is in the Box
- 2 gray injection molded plastic sprues
- 1 clear sprue
- 1 3-D printed resin parts
- 1 set of pre-cut masks
- 1 decal sheet with 5 markings options
- 1 instruction book
This Arma 1/72 Hurricane IID starts with an unconventional build sequence, wings first, which includes the modification for the [-IID] 40 MM canons armament. This is really the only part of the kit that may cause concern for the neophyte builders. The plastic is a bit soft so careful sanding and re-scribing is necessary. Arma does give you a nice little resin [3-D printed] template for the upper wing. This provides the access panels to the 40mm underwing canons. You have to remove the four 20mm Hispano Suizo canon details on the upper & lower Hurricane IIC wing. Essentially, the plastic in this kit is the previously released Arma Hurricane IIC kit. Further you have to remove the 20mm canons on the leading edge. This can be done rather easily.
The rest of the build follows a typical sequence. The model goes together rather well but again the modifications needed to make IID may be problematic for the complete beginner, but otherwise constructions is rather conventional. The cockpit and wing assembly are constructed together and the fuselage is assembled and cemented on top. The fit is good but I suggest careful dry fitting before committing to glue. The details in the cockpit area is excellent for out-of-box and surpasses the two previous kits of this type in 1/72; Hasegawa and AZ models –a limited run kit. The detail is crisp and nice in this scale. The details on the tires is excellent, even has the Dunlop raised lettering—nice touch. The fabric look of the fuselage is not overdone, which is common of this type. The 3-D printed parts are good but the main canon assembly is delicate and has to be carefully assembled and aligned, especially the end cap which is tiny and can be easily shot across the room never to be seen again. The barrels are hollow and look good. The exhausts are particularly delicate and really look nice painted up!