This is an email that I received today:
Remember those masks for the MIIc Hurricane you sent me a while ago, meant for my version of Kuttlewascherís plane whilst No1 Squadron were at Redhill? Well Iíve finally got around to using those masks; photo attached, please feel free to use this photo any way you wish to promote your wonderful product. Blimey, everything you say about these masks is true and then some, they are brilliant! Ok, for me using them for the first time they were fiddly and a few Anglo-Saxonisms floated out of the studio from time to time, but in the end the reward was well worth the effort.
This vintage Revell-Monogram kit is, like me, really showing its age, coming from 1971, around the time I was last doing modelling before becoming a re-born modeller in the last couple of years. I knew the kit was simple and crude, and that it had a lot of faults, but it wasnít until I started nailing it together and taking a good look at my sources that I realised just how bad it is. Times have moved on, as has technology and the standards expected of kits, and so this was probably the least pleasurable build Iíve done so far. Ho hum.
In the end I scratch-built the drop tanks, guns and aerial, and to cut a long story short, though I re-engraved a few panel lines and removed some of the pancake-like rivets and added some that are more subtle and realistic, this kit just wasnít worth spending too much effort on, so instead I decided to crack on and do a very basic job and concentrate on using the kit as a practice platform for your masks, on the theory that if I made a cock-up with them I wouldnít climb up the walls with rage and frustration at having messed up a good kit.
The ribbed of the side of the Hurricane is a devil anyway, but with everything exaggerated on this ancient kit (almost to the point of caricature) even your wonderful masks couldnít cope with these peaks and troughs so the paintwork needed a fair bit of touching up after the masks were removed, but nothing that a steady hand and a glass of Scotlandís finest next to me couldnít sort out.
By the way, correct me if Iím wrong, but as no one else seems to do RAF dull blue or dull red in acrylics (?) I mixed up my own, neither of which, when I stand back and squint at the finished model honestly and objectively, are quite right on this Hurricane. Next time Iíll get this right. One of the reasons why I wanted your masks was that for some reason most decals seem to depict RAF dull blue far too dark, sometimes being a very dark dull indigo - compared to the examples Iíve seen of the real thing thatís way wrong. Maybe itís just my eyes Ė I hope not though!
Thanks again for the masks. I will probably knock on your door for some more when I have time to think about other projects for which decals wonít do. I still have that almost as ancient 1/32 Revell Beaufighter kit that Iíd love to put together, but so far (again correct me if Iím wrong) Iíve heard nothing about an improving set of resin bits appearing. Patience, patienceÖÖÖ
All the best,
And here is a picture:
White Ensign Models (WEM) "Colourcoats" range of enamel paints have the correct shades of dull red and blue. I have seen some of the masters that Derek Bradshaw is doing for an update set for Revells 1/32 scale Beaufighter, which, I believe, MDC will be producing.