Monday, December 3, 2012

Zvezda 1/144 Hawker Hurricane Mk I

     Because of the high quality of their earlier aircraft releases I was excited to see that Zvezda was going to release a Hawker Hurricane in 1/144 to go with their Art of Tactic game. It is a relief to see the Hurricane instead of the Spitfire, in the early part of the war it was the Hurricane that did most of the fighting as the Spitfire was slow to get into mass-production. This kit is crisply molded in a light tan plastic with optional raised or lowered undercarriage  and is provided with a stand (which, if it is anything like the other stands from Zvezda, will require a weight at its rear to keep from tipping forward).

box art provides adequate information for painting and decal placement

while the rear lacks the customary "instructions" there is little need of them with kit

the contents, 
I was surprised by the quality of the decals for what is supposed to be a marker in a board-game, 
but Zveda also do larger scale models and doubtless used the same source

sprue front

sprue back

they did a lovely job of rendering the canvas-covered aft fuselage

they did as well on the control surfaces and even included the trim-tabs

     This kit is very good, it can stand toe-to-toe with anything I have seen in this scale from any wargame manufacturer. This will certainly find a place with many gamers and not a few modelers.

     Very Highly Recommended.

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