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Old 04-21-2014, 09:48 AM   #1
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For many years, I've wanted to add a Hawker Hurricane to the warbird fleet and this fall I found this ESM arf for sale on RCC.

Since its a rainy Monday why not drag out the biiiigg box, have a peek inside and maybe glue a few things. Im also reading the book "Hurricane - The Last Witnesses" and 2015 being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this Hurricane will be finished by then.

The arf is painted in the colors of Squadron Leader Robert Standford Tuck.

It's a nice looking arf, painted well, construction looks sturdy and the arf is painted in the colors of Squadron Leader Robert Standford Tuck.

The fuselage has the psuedo rear stringers moulded in, the cowl is good. Pilot has been purchased and cut down to fit under the canopy.

No plans for a full cockpit, have yet to see intricate cockpit details of a warbird while in a low pass, and this is planned to be a weekend flying warbird.

I will make this a three piece wing, my truck box is 6'-6" and separate wing panels make my life easier.

I will only glue in the ply wing joiner to center section, and will come up with a rear joiner tube. That wing section is thick 3.5".
The ply framing for undercarriage looks ok, I have a set of Spring Air retracts that I plan to use. cheers! - ken
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:00 AM   #2
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

Tuck, who had flown more than 1,000 hours in Spitfires, took his first flight in a Hurricane early the next morning (September 12, 1940). 'My first impression wasn't very good,' he recalled. 'After the Spit, it [the Hurricane] was like a flying brick–a great, lumbering farmyard stallion compared with a dainty and gentle thoroughbred….It nearly broke my heart, because things seemed tough enough without having to take on 109s in a heavy great kite like this.'

The new squadron commander soon realized, however, that the Hurricane had its virtues: 'It was a remarkably good gun platform; very steady when you opened fire….It was very easy to fly; had no vices, and would take a great deal of punishment and bring you back home….
So it was a very fine aircraft for fighter vs. bomber work.'

Wing Commander Roland Robert Stanford Tuck DSO, DFC & Two Bars, AFC (1 July 1916 – 5 May 1987) was a British fighter pilot and test pilot. Tuck joined the RAF in 1935. Tuck first engaged in combat during the Battle of France, over Dunkirk, claiming his first victories. In September 1940 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and commanded a Hawker Hurricane squadron. In 1941-1942, Tuck participated in fighter sweeps over northern France. On 28 January 1942, Tuck was hit by anti-aircraft fire and forced landed in France and was taken prisoner. At the time of his capture, Tuck had claimed 29 enemy aircraft destroyed, two shared destroyed, six probably destroyed, six damaged and one shared damaged.[4]
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:14 AM   #3
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

RST’s most famous Hurricane Mk Ia, DT - A - V6864 . Tuck flew this aircraft as his regular mount from December 1940 through to April 1941.

I was fortunate enough to see a replica of V6864 at the Pima Air Museum last winter.
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Old 04-21-2014, 11:13 AM   #4
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

I've always thought that the Hurricane had a lot of "character". ESM sure makes a nice ARF! I can't get over how thick (and symmetrical) that wing root section is!
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

It is a very thick wing compared to the Spit. One of the reasons why, no matter how much power was added, top speed never climbed a whole lot, just too much drag. It did however, make for a very strong wing, and ideal for both anti-bomber work, as well as ground attack. Spits couldn't handle the ground attack role anywhere near as well as the Hurricane, and the later Typhoon and Tempest. I love both aircraft, just for different reasons. The workhorse, and the Thoroughbred!
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

Our Zone Director flies one of those. Looks great in the air.



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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

That is going to be a sweet looking model. Looking forward to seeing how this one comes together
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

I thought the first Hurricanes (that'd be the Mk I, right?) sported a 2-blade prop... but I see from the photos that this was not the case for Mr. Tuck's airplane.
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

Those are great flight pics of the ESM Hurri in flight, thanks for posting those, do you know what engine he used?

I read somewhere on the web that the RAF converted all the 2 blade to constant 3 blades by June 1940.

It looks like the Robart retracts I had in the shop will fit this Hurricane - purchasing that set of retracts 10 years ago at the club swap meet paid off :>)

I'm thinking of using ONE servoe to run all four flap sections, I think I can, I think I can.....
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Re: Hawker Hurricane Mk I by ESM

Keep bugging me, to remind me. I have the complete maintenance manual for the real Hurricane, and the Haynes manual for it. I can scan the control diagrams, and send to you. Quite often, the way the real deal is setup, works best for the model. Pretty sure the flaps ran via torque tubes in the leading edge, piano hinge style, with a U joint between inner and outer flaps. The EFlite Hurricane, out of production, sigh, and I sold mine, (stupid me), does run two servos, each operating 2 flaps. But I'll dig up the manuals, and see how the real one worked.
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