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Readers’ Gallery: Aaron Long’s 1/48 Hasegawa Hurricane IIc

Agape forum member Aaron Long (RonnieRex) shared this great looking Hurricane in some markings you don’t see very often. Great work Aaron!

Stick a fork in it and call it done! The LusoCane is ready for test flight. I want to thank Jim (shutterace) for gifting me with this lovely kit, what a blessing.

Portuguese aircraft have always interested me because I spent a large portion of my life in Lisbon, Portugal. While I never saw a Hurricane while I was there, I learned recently that a number of surplus Spitfires and Hurricanes were sold to Portugal after or close to the end of WWII. This discovery got me fired up to build some of these Hurricanes and Spitfires. I bought a set of Carpena decals from a gentleman in our club, and thanks to Jim, the rest is history.

While not an easy build, due to the inserts, Hasegawa’s Mk.IIc kit is a lot of fun. The biggest trouble was the lower fuselage wing join seam that was hard to fix because of the ribbing. After sorting that out, the rest work out fine. I used Tamiya, MM, Citadel, and Mr. Hobby paints.

I wish I had more references for this build, as I would really like to know the history of these surplus warbirds. I do have a picture showing a Portuguese Hurricane with the night fighter exhaust blinders installed, so I added them to mine. Artistic license or not, I did it.