Oxford Diecast AC069 – 1/72 Scale Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Diecast Model
Oxford Aviation Series
|Length||13.6 cm||5.35 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||16.9 cm||6.65 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed retracted
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, RAF – Oxford Diecast AC069
Oxford Diecast AC069 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, s/n L2006, of N0.6 OTU based at Sutton Bridge, circa 1940.
The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat piston-engined monoplane fighter and ground attack aircraft. Based on the Hawker Fury biplane it first flew on November 6, 1935, and entered service in December 1939 (Mk.I). A tank-killing variant, the Mk.IID, began service in 1942, equipped with a 40mm Vickers “S” anti-tank gun pod under each wing. The Sea Hurricane, a carrier-capable naval variant entered service in mid-1941. Retired front line, Hurricane MkIs modified to be catapult-launched from modified merchant ships called CAM ships (Catapult Armed Merchantmen). Unable to land back aboard the ship, if the aircraft could not reach land, pilots either had to bail out or ditch.
The Hurricane served in all major theatres of WWII. Production ended in 1944 with about 14,487 airframes in multiple variants, in both the United Kingdom and Canada.
The fuselage construction is a bolted steel framework with wooden stringers and fabric covering on the rear and tail. The low mounted cantilever wing is also of a steel frame with early production, fabric-covered and later a stressed metal skin. The retractable undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units, mounted to the wings retracting inwards into the fuselage.
The aircraft uses a single Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine. Driving a two-bladed, fixed-pitch wooden propeller on early production aircraft but soon changed to a three-blade variable pitch propeller. The Hurricane Mk.IIc has a maximum speed of 547 km/h (340 mph), range of 966 km (600 mi) and a service ceiling of 11,000 m (36,000 ft).
Armament in early production was eight .303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns in the outer wing panels, later increased to twelve, and eventually changed to four 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano cannons. Mk.IIC introduced underwing hardpoints for 554 kg (1,000 lbs) of bombs or drop-tanks.
No.6 Operational Training Unit RAF
No.6 Operational Training Unit RAF (6 OTU) established in March 1940 at RAF Sutton Bridge for the training of fighter pilots. Re-numbered as No.56 OTU in November 1940 but remained at RAF Sutton Bridge until March 1942.