Royal Navy Aircraft -
Hurricane and Sea Hurricane
This simple conversion is based on the Heller issue of the Airfix 1/72 Hurricane Mk.1, with Aeromaster transfers & scratch catapult trolley.
With the growing losses of merchant ships to Focke-
The drawback to this otherwise sensible concept was the lack of any landing or recovery
facilities; after they had destroyed or driven off the attacking Condor, pilots were
expected to make for the nearest land, or to ditch alongside their ship and hope
that they would be rescued! The aircraft were drawn from ex-
The Hurricat concept was a modest success, helping to sustain th evital North Atlantic and Arctic convoys through the darkest days of 1941. The first victory fell to Lt Everett of the RNVR, who was awarded the DSO for the destruction of an Fw 200 on 3 August 1941. After ditching his aircraft alongside an escorting destroyer, it sank rapidly, but he was able to escape from the cockpit at a depth of about 30 feet and was quickly rescued.
Chinese company Hobby Boss have recently produced a range of simple "beginners" low
cost assembly kits. This is their Hurricane 2b Trop, converted back to a 1b Sea Hurricane.
A nice little kit, albeit a but skinny with fuselage sides that are too slab-
The Sea Hurricane was hurriedly introduced post Dunkirk/Norway to counter the damage
being wrought on convoys by the long range FW200 Condor. Early Sea Hurricanes were
all basic conversions of RAF Battle of Britain veteran aircraft. Serving at first
on Catapult equipped Merchant Ships (as a one way disposable weapon -
This particular aircraft was flown by Battle of Britain ace, Sub Lt Dicky Cork, one of the FAA's highest scoring pilots.
Airfix have two 1/72 Hurricane kits in their catalogue, a simple Mk I (also issued
by Heller) and a Mk I/IIb. Bizzarrely, the more expensive Series 2 Mk I/IIb version,
as built here, is much the poorer of the two, although it does include a plethora
of extra parts (rocket rails, anti-
In May 1941, HMS FORMIDABLE, which had replaced the bomb damaged HMS ILLUSTRIOUS,
also received serious bomb damage whilst escorting convoys to Malta. As a result,
she was forced to leave the Mediterranean and proceed to the United States for 6
months of repairs. In the meantime, three of her squadrons, 803 & 806 (both Fulmars
& Sea Gladiators) and 826 (Albacores & Swordfish), remained in theatre, disembarking
to Egypt, where they were quickly incorporated into the 269 Wing of the Western Desert
Air Force (later known as 1 Allied Tactical Air Force -
The WDAF had been established in April 1941 by renowned WW1 Royal Naval Air Service hero, Air Vice Marshal Raymond Collishaw. Well aware of the FAA's particular skills, Collishaw was very keen to use the naval Squadrons in his composite RN, RAF, SAAF and RAAF force, operating from ashore in North Africa to provide close support and fighter protection across the desert and protect Allied shipping convoys along the North African coast.
Up until February 1942 when they returned to sea, RN Pilots flew a mix of Martlets and RAF Hurricanes, as well as Albacores & Swordfish. This Hurricane 1b (Trop), was the mount of Fleet Air Arm pilot, Sub Lt Mike Fell (later Admiral Fell), based at Maddelena in Libya.
800 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS INDOMITABLE, Operation Pedestal, August 1942
This is the very nice Revell Mk.IIb Hurricane kit converted into one of 800 Sqn's Pedestal Sea Hurricanes using some Aeromaster decals.
INDOMITABLE's squadrons played a major part in the Operation Pedestal actions, repelling massed attacks on the convoy by German and Italian aircraft.
Toward the end of the battle, the ship suffered a bomb hit that temporarily put her flight deck out of action; her squadrons simply landed on HMS VICTORIOUS instead, refuelled, rearmed and continued the battle.
Revell's 1/72 Hurricanes are excellent, especially their IIc Sea Hurricane. Detailed, accurate, well fitting and with interesting decal options.
The later cannon equipped Sea Hurricanes served almost until the war's end, flying mainly from Escort and Merchant Aircraft Carriers.
Airfix have produced a sound and very buildable new mould Hurricane kit, which comes
with decals for the famous “Nicki”, one of HMS NAIRANA;s white painted anti-
835 Squadron in HMS NAIRANA were the last Fleet Air Arm squadron to use the Sea Hurricane in front line service. NAIRANA was a small escort carrier, equipped with a composite squadron of Swordfish, Sea Hurricanes and (later on) Wildcats. She served mainly on escort duties between the UK and Gibraltar, and the UK and Murmansk.
NAIRANA’s Hurricanes were painted in an overall white scheme as an extension of the
The subject of this kit was an aircraft named “Nicki”. Flown by several of 835’s
pilots, she is best known for shooting down a Ju-
The Sea Hurricane and the Hurricane