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  1. Carrying on with the RAF/PCM theme this is my second build for 2021, a fabric winged early Hurricane Mk.I, the poor old Hurricane is much neglected by the main Kit manufacturers so when the PCM kits came out my wallet was ready, I did the same for the Fly kits but that will be for the future. So while the Tempest is in the paint shop for its, paint, dry, paint, dry cycles I though that I would start on this one. I then assembled my reference books and dug out some AM bits and pieces. After looking at the kit instructions and my references I have settled on L1909 LR*R as my subject, this is a 56 Squadron Hurricane and I will be modelling it in it’s1939 guise. At the time 56 Squadron aircraft were coded LR rather than the later US codes and were based at North Weald. The Squadron fought in the Battle of France, though they were not based in France, they provided air cover for the Dunkirk evacuation and flew for the entire period of the Battle of Britain. One of the reference books that I found really useful is probably one of the oldest, the Ducimus Hawker Hurricane Camouflage and Markings RAF Northern Europe 1939-45. In it I found a photo of my subject which showed at the time that it had a three bladed propeller and judging by the shape of the blades it was a De Havilland prop but I am not a great expert on these things. From the photo it also appears to have the later exhausts fitted and the early untapered radio mast. It shows the B camouflage scheme and confirmed the markings that are on the profile in the same book. The undersides paint finish is described as the night, white and aluminium scheme and looking at the profiles there was no under wing roundels. The Codes would be in MSG not Sky with type B roundels on wings and fuselage with no fin flash. The instructions would have you fit a venturi on the port side of the fuselage but looking through my Hawker Hurricane Walk around, It gives L183? As one of the first to be built without the fuselage venturi, Hurricane batches follow each other so my subject would not have a venture either. The venturi was needed to provide a vacuum for the cockpit instruments, I found this quote on a Britmodeller thread. ' The absence of the vacuum pumps was very serious and external venturis had to be fitted on early aircraft to drive the gyro instruments on the blind flying panel " Here are some of the books that I used for reference though some are better than others. And one that popped up on the Bookworld Wholesale website last week Cheers Dennis
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