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Pre-War Hurricanes
Pre-War Hurricanes
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Iliad Design have returned to familiar territory with the welcome reprint of their decals for early Hawker Hurricanes. Its not a straight re-release though, because the new run includes markings for an extra aircraft.

The decals are beautifully printed. The colours look excellent and the registration is spot on. The items are very thin and gloss finished, with minimal excess carrier film around most items - the only larger areas being to provide stability for the fuselage codes. The sheet provides markings for five colour schemes:

Hurricane Mk. I s/n L1975 "UV-K", 17 Sqn., 1939
Hurricane Mk. I s/n L1568 "S", 73 Sqn., 1938
Hurricane Mk. I s/n L1990 "LR-R", 56 Sqn., 1939
Hurricane Mk. I s/n L1643 "NO-B", 85 Sqn., 1938/39
Hurricane Mk. I s/n 615, 1 Sqn., RCAF, 1939

Full sets of markings are included for four of the schemes, with just NO-B needing to share wing roundels. The aircraft chosen provide some nice variety, with two of the machines sport the early "kidney" exhausts, while one is fitted with a 3-blade de Havilland propeller instead of the Watts 2-blade type seen on the others.

All the aircraft are depicted with metal wings. The first 430 Hurricanes (starting with s/n L1547) were built with fabric covered wings, but many were re-fitted with metal wings as they became available at maintenance units.

Backing up the decals is a colour A4 sheet of instructions with profiles of each machine and details of the A and B upper surface camouflage patterns, along with the various combinations of White/Night and Aluminium undersides.

This is another excellent release from Iliad Design that offers plenty of inspiration for modellers wanting to depict the Hurricane on the eve of WW2.

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Highs: Excellent quality decals with markings for five aircraft.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: This revised sheet of decals for early Hurricanes should be just as popular as its sold-out predecessor - particularly with the inclusion of a new colour scheme.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  PUBLISHED: Sep 09, 2018
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2021 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.


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