Designed in 1935 Hawker Hurricane Mk.I was the first modern fighter airplane which was made for the Royal Air Force. It was created by Sydney Camm – the chief designer of the Hawker Siddeley Company.
Although its design was similar to earlier Hawker’s planes (fuselage framework of round tubes and metal and fabric surface), it made great quality change for the Royal Air Force Fighter Command. The most important features were closed cockpit, rectractable undercarriage and big firepower – 8 7.7mm Browning machine guns. Its heart were famous Rolls Royce Merlin II and III engines.
At the beginning of the war, some Hurricane Mk I was also used by some Central European airforces. Just before the war outbreak they were delivered to Romania and manufactured under license in Yugoslavia. Polish ordered aeroplanes were unfortunately too late for September campaign.
During the Winter War 1939-1940, when the Soviet Union invaded Finland, a squadron of Hurricanes was delivered in a hurry there, to be too late to fight. Romanian Hurricanes, including ex-Yugoslav aeroplanes as well as Finnish ones, were used during the invasion of Soviet Union in 1941. They proved successful at the start of a fight, but lack of spare parts limited their use then.
Finnish and Romanian Hurricanes Mk I belonged to initial production series of metal wing variant (a few had fabric-covered wings). They were fitted with early antenna mast, five spoked wheels and they had not an access panel on right side of the fuselage. Building this model please remember to make antenna mast from a pin or fine tubing, and to fit access panel lines with putty and to use resin wheels included.
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