Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC - Hispano Mk II 20mm cannons (with round recoil springs)

Published: March 14th, 2014     
Reviewed by: 
Pablo Bauleo, IPMS# 46363
Scale: 1/48
Company: Master Model
Price: $13.00
Product / Stock #: AM-48-085

Master Model from Poland specializes in metal turned parts for aftermarket kits. In my personal opinion, they are among the best in the market. I really like their products, and this set in particular is probably one of the nicest I have seen from them.

This set is devoted to the weapons of the Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC. There are several kit options in 1/48 scale: Hasegawa, Hobbycraft and Italeri. This set can be used with all of the above, with different modifications in each case.

For any of the base kits, you are instructed to drill holes in the wings for the fairings and to replace the plastic parts with the metal ones. In the case of the Hasegawa model (see photo), it could be possible to modify the wing fairing and just use the cannon barrel. You'll lose a bit of detail, but you "gain" less effort needed to modify the kit. For the Hobbycraft and Italeri models, you have to drill the holes and use the full metal assembly.

This set is perhaps one of the more complex sets I have seen from Master Model, with four parts per weapon, and a total of four weapons. Despite that, it is very simple to assemble the parts together, and the fit is excellent. In the pictures the parts are only dry-fitted, no glue was used.

Be aware that the outer and inward cannon fairings have different sizes and should not be used interchangeably. The instructions are very clear about which size is which and how to position the parts.

The metal parts are obviously superior to the plastic ones (not a bash against the plastic parts, it is just the limits of injection plastic technology), and this aftermarket set will enhance the looks of your finished model. You need only look at the images where the aftermarket set is compared with the Hasegawa and Hobbycraft plastic parts to see what I mean.

I'd recommend this set to the average to experienced modeler.

I would like to thank Master Model and IPMS/USA for the review sample.

  • Kit Contents
    Kit Contents
  • Comparison to Hasegawa Kit Part
    Comparison to Hasegawa Kit Part
  • Comparison to Hobbycraft Kit Part
    Comparison to Hobbycraft Kit Part

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