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Autore: Alessandro


At first glance, Hurricane Mk IIa Z2585 does not stand out particularly from the seven different paint schemes available in the new “Eastern Front” kit. What makes it utterly unique is only revealed upon a closer inspection of the aircraft’s history. For apart from Z2585, how many fighters distinguished themselves by serving with four (!) different Air Forces during the war? A remarkable achievement, indeed, but by no means the only fact that makes this aircraft most interesting.


Z2585 was built at Hawker’s mother factory in Kingston in February 1941, and towards the end of the month was sent to No. 56 Squadron RAF stationed at North Weald. The fighter was first mentioned in the documents of the unit’s A Flight on 25 February 1941, when Sgt Peter Robinson took it on a flyby. The first weeks of service were filled with training flights, patrols as convoy cover, and “X-Raids” – flights to intercept radar-detected, unrecognized aircraft. On 16 April, Sgt George Hoyle, flying on Z2585, and P/O Thomas Guest, on Z2405, intercepted and shot up a Bf 110 during an X-Raid. Having expended their ammunition, they began to observe the German aircraft, which was now flying low over the water and billowing white smoke from both engines. However, they did not see it crash into the sea, and so only reported a “probable” kill.


What is most interesting from a model-maker’s point of view, as it allows us to recreate the appearance of Z2585, began the following month, when No. 56 Squadron RAF commenced trials with a new camouflage that was more suited to offensive tasks. Yes, our Z2585 was also unique because of its non-standard colour set, which was the result of experiments conducted by the Air Fighting Development Unit (AFDU) at Duxford. We will describe the details of these tests and their results in another article, which will be published soon.

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