Monday 30 September 2019

1:56 Hawker Hurricane Part 1

Once the dust had settled with the construction of the Fiesler Storch, I was hankering to build another aircraft.  With 2020 signalling the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, why not opt for one of the most iconic fighter aircraft of all time.  
No, not the Spitfire (although that's coming soon), but the Hawker Hurricane. 

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As usual, I began my model with an internet search to find a decent set of plans to work from.  Once found, I drew up the profile of the air frame and slotted it to receive frames running from front to back which would define the cross-section at various points along the body of the aircraft.  I am probably using the wrong terms to describe these parts, however the drawing below shows the kit of parts I came up with.

Once drawn-up, the parts were exported into Solidworks to check their fit, and to establish whether or not I was on the right lines.

At this stage, although I had the wings drawn, I was undecided as to quite how I might build them so I will save detailing them until a little later.

Happy that for a first prototype the lines were looking fair, I laser-cut the pieces and glued them up with CA glue.
Balsa blocks were glued on to fill the gaps between the frames and were sanded to match the frame profiles.  I find this approach enables me to sand down to the laser cut frames, and, as the burned edges of the layered pieces start to clean-up I know I've reached the target shape.  It really doesn't take very long to go from the computer to something as in the photos below.

Clearly, there is still much more to do, including profiling the wing roots and the canopy.  However, I am pleased to have progressed thus far and am considering preparing this model for resin casting, although this process is alien to me, and I will need to read-up on it first.

Until Part 2,

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Impressive looking plane so far, and great to see your process, if you need any help or advice on resin casting, ask Michael for my email, as I would be happy to help

    1. Thank you so much Dave, that's really kind.
      I may well need to contact you. I will get the parts prepared to a point whereby I think they are ready for casting and then tap you up for advice on materials etc. I've some composites experience so I'm familiar with draft angles etc. on moulds, but some expert advice should get me where I need to go a bit quicker. I've a project in mind for my pupils next Battle of Britain day, so may need to make a few!

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    1. Thank you, a bit of a sideline to the castle project, but fun all the same.

  3. Great work so far, James, and welcome to the blogosphere! :)

    1. Thank you Tamsin, It's all a bit new to me and I'm having browser issues but it's fun to engage with others and see a whole new world to me.

  4. Lovely looking Hurricane prototype!
    Best Iain