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"Euthanasia": PCM Hurricane metal wing


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Pilot Officer George Barclay wrote in his diary on 6 September 1940 whilst based at North Weald:


"We are having simply magnificent weather - I've never known anything like it - clear skies and brilliant sun."












George was a member of 249 Squadron, but they were flying 56 Squadron's Hurricanes!  249 had recently arrived at North Weald to relieve 56 Squadron, the latter going for "a rest" to Boscombe Down in Wiltshire where their task was defending Southampton and Portsmouth.  But their Hurricanes were fitted with VHF, deemed to be "foolproof" whereas 249's weren't.....so they swapped!  But as depicted above, Hurricane P3135 was being flown by F/O Richard Brooker, it was "his" Hurricane from new and he, presumably decided that with the squadron code of US-U the aeroplane warranted the name "Euthanasia":




But it almost killed him on 21 August when he crash landed it:




This is the PCM metal wing kit plus Fawcett nose section, "dog kennel" and lower wing centre section, and the AIMS spinner and prop, build thread here. The pilot is by Black Dog plus additions.


Hope you like it! :D

Had to add this one….thanks Guy!





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20 hours ago, Christa said:

The Hurricane was the bruiser, the tough slugger that felled bombers and could get home despite damage. This model is that legendary battler. Congratulations Max.

Thank you all for your very kind comments, as we all know it’s always rewarding to get feedback.


Chris, reference your note above, you are of course absolutely right. A couple of facts that have emerged from reading both Tom Neil’s autobiography and George Barclay’s biography is firstly, how cold and draughty the Hurricane was. Anything much above 20,000 feet and it was pretty much ineffective. Secondly how much the hood restricted vision….George Barclay flew with his hood open in combat as much as possible, temperature permitting….see above! Thirdly how Hurricane pilots feared fire, the Hurricane was particularly prone to fire, not so much from the emergency fuel tank just in front of the pilot but from the wing tanks either side. The draughtiness meant that flames were drawn easily into the cockpit. Fourthly, the number of times pilots aborted or returned to base early because of oil covering the windscreen. And fifthly….whilst the Hurricane pilots regarded the Spitfire pilots as “glory boys” they loved their Hurricanes and became very “precious” about flying their own familiar personal mount.

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