Hawker Hurricane Mk I / Sea Hurricane Mk Ia fighter aeroplane model kit 1/72 scale – in navy colours
Techmod decals – 3 markings options
Masks – template for making them yourself from masking tape
Hurricane and Sea Hurricane Mk I
At the beginning of the Second World War, the Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the British Royal Navy’s aviation did not have a decent fighter aircraft fitted to securing fleet operations. The main challenges of the Royal Navy were to maintain maritime communication to North America and North Africa and further to India and Australia. Convoys of merchant ships were marauded by Luftwaffe long range aeroplanes.
A temporary solution to these problems was the introduction of the Hawker Hurricane Mk I aircraft, to the aircraft carriers and modified merchant ships and training units. Subsequent versions were modified:
Sea Hurricane Mk Ia – also know as “Hurricat”, was usually converted from ex RAF Hurricane MkI`s with several naval modifications added, including catapult spools and a naval radio. These fighters were flown from Fighter Catapult Ships by 804 Naval Air Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm and by the RAF`s Merchant Ship Fighter Unit aboard CAM Ships. Modified Hurricane aircraft was launched during an air attack on the convoy and after completing the task, the pilot bailed out by parachute over the convoy to hopefully be rescued or he flew off toward the nearest land if there was enough fuel remaining.
Sea Hurricane Mk Ib – Hurricane with catapult spools, pilots head rest, naval radio and arrestor hook for landing on an aircraft carrier.
Hurricane Mk I – The basic Hurricane was also used for shore based training from FAA land bases, equipped with a naval radio. Like Sea Hurricane`s, these aircraft were usually painted in the Temperate Sea Scheme camouflage.