Hawker Hurricane and Sea Hurricane (Flight Craft)
Neil Robinson, Martin Derry
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When Sidney Camm’s masterpiece, the Hawker Hurricane, entered RAF service in late 1937 it quickly became one of the most important aircraft in Britain’s military arsenal, especially in the first three years of the Second World War. This title covers the history of this iconic design, from the prototype and the initial production variants’ entry in to RAF service, through its development and use, first as a day fighter, and then night fighter, intruder, fighter-bomber, catapult-launched and then carrier-based fighter, and eventually dedicated ground attack machine.
The Hurricane served in every wartime theater, from Norway and France, the Battle of Britain, the defense of Malta, to the campaigns in the Western Desert and the Mediterranean, on the Russian Front and in the Far East where it saw service until the end of hostilities.
Split into three primary sections, this volume offers a concise yet informative history of the Hurricane's development, operational career and design improvements, including many contemporary photographs with detailed captions; a 16-page color illustration section featuring 48 separate aircraft (in profiles and 2-views); and finally a section prepared by that well-known and established doyen of model makers, Tony O'Toole, listing and illustrating the plastic model kits produced of the Hurricane in all scales.
As with the other books in the Flight Craft series, whilst published primarily with the scale aircraft modeler in mind, it is hoped that those readers who might perhaps describe themselves as 'occasional' modelers – if indeed they model at all – may also find that this colorful and informative work offers something to provoke their interests too.
Battle of Britain. However, the Hurricane’s thicker wing section allowed for a more reliable and less drag-inducing installation to be made and together with small changes to the feed mechanism and cannon mountings, four 20mm Hispano II cannon, two per wing, were successfully fitted, although the additional weight did reduce performance. Small clearance blisters were also needed on the upper wing surfaces to clear the cannon breeches and feed motors, and the first sets of 20mmarmed wings were
(Yugoslavian) Squadrons continued operating the Mark in Italy and Yugoslavia until after the end of the Second World War, as did No.42 Squadron in Burma. Bottom left: Built as a Hurricane IV, KZ193, along with KX405, were both selected for conversion to become interim Hurricane V prototypes, albeit temporarily, as both were later returned to their original configuration. The prototype Mk.V proper, NL255, was also built and flown on the grounds that a potential need existed for a ‘low attack’
Hurricane Ibs were converted, but the Mark was technically obsolete by 1942, and the Admiralty realised that the Mk.Ib’s eight .303 inch machine guns was inadequate when dealing with heavilyarmoured enemy aircraft such as the Ju 88 and Bv 138 in particular. It is recorded that about a hundred sets of Hurricane IIc 20mm cannon wings were fitted to navalised Merlin III-engined Hurricane I fuselages to become the Sea Hurricane Ic, which was purported to have entered service in January 1942. The
were meant too, to better match Armée de l’Air practice with whom they were closely operating, they even introduced French-style rudder stripes, albeit with the red stripe leading, for easier recognition by French forces. Fitted with a de Havilland two-speed metal propeller, this Hurricane wears Night/White under surfaces with underwing roundels, another recognition expedient applied to all RAF aircraft operating from or over the French mainland. N2358 arrived with the squadron in December 1939
those of either Airfix or Hasegawa, concerns the mainplanes – which in the Ark Models kit are made up of a pair of wing upper surface halves, with a pair of underside outer wing panels, with a separate mainwheel well undersurface centre section. The upper and under surface wing halves need to be glued together first – and left to set overnight. At the same time the separate one piece mainwheel well bay that is provided should be cemented onto the ‘inside’ of the undersurface centre section, and