AH70043 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb
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The early Hurricanes had a 2 bladed propeller and fabric covered wings but by the outbreak of WW2 they had 3 bladed constant speed propellers and metal skinned wings, allowing better overall performance and dive speeds. Although the Spitfire was the more advanced and faster of the RAF fighters during the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane was in service in much greater numbers and shot down around 60% of all enemy planes during the Battle. The more powerful Mk II Hurricane soon followed but by that time Spitfire production was up greatly and the Spitfire Mk II and V were still superior fighters than the Hurricane. The Hurricane Mk IIb was armed with 12 machine guns.
The Hurricane continued to serve in different roles, most notably as a ground attack aircraft. Production ended in 1944 and it was replaced in the ground attack role by the Typhoon in Europe and by the Thunderbolt in the far East. Hurricanes serving in the far East and the Mediterranean theatres were fitted with the tropical filters in a distinctive cowling, under the nose.
Arma Hobby are a Polish company and this is their own Hurricane Mk IIb kit. This is the basic boxing of the subject and it contains plastic parts for one model, which looks very detailed and very crisply moulded, with decals for two different RAF Hurricanes.