AZM7594 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IID

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AZM7594 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IID
Product Code: AZM7594
Brand: AZ Models
WAS: £17.40
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The Hurricane was the next step in fighter development from high performance bi-planes, like the Hawker Fury. The Air Ministry wanted a high performance monoplane fighter with 8 machine guns and capable of 300mph. The Hurricane was the first of the new fighters, first flying in 1935, it was soon followed by the more famous Spitfire in 1936. The Spitfire was the superior aircraft but was difficult to manufacture, so the RAF ordered the Hurricane as it needed large numbers of modern fighters. The Spitfire was also ordered but took several years to get into service in numbers.

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 continued to serve in different roles, most notably as a ground attack aircraft. The Mk IId was a specialised ground attack variant, it was equipped with a machine gun in each wing (to help aiming). Under each wing it carried a 40mm gun for use against armoured vehicles and proved succesful in the North African campaign, destroying many German vehicles. The success of the Mk IId led to the Mk IV which could carry the guns or rockets or bombs and had more armour. Hurricane 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.

This kit is based on the earlier Hurricane Mk IV/V kits by AZ Models but features resin parts for a Mk II radiator and pilot's seat. The are decals for 3 different RAF and Russian Hurricane Mk IId's.