Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Pilot & Markings
Squadron Leader Archie A. McKellar — 605 Squadron, RAF Croydon, October 1940
Scale & Kit
1/48 Hasegawa Model Airplane
The Battle of Britain, which took place between July and November of 1940, was the largest air battle in history. The Royal Air Force prevailed through pilots who fought fearlessly to defend their country and people. During this battle, RAF pilots achieved high victory numbers while flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, as they were given the ace status. Among these aces was Squadron Leader Archie Ashmore McKellar, a Scottish native of small stature (5ft. 3” tall) who was a fearless pilot that took the skies during the Battle of Britain.
McKellar was credited with a total 17 victories, 3 shared, 5 probable and another 3 damaged during his career (5 Bf109E’s in a day on October 7th). Most people might remember his famous aircraft numbered UP-A P3308. With that machine Mckellar downed 13.5 airplanes, 4 probable and 1 damaged between August 15th and October 7th. This gave him the highest tally of victories scored by any Hurricane pilot during the Battle of Britain. McKellar passed away when he was shot down near Addisham while flying Hurricane UP-M, V6879.
I used Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale model airplane and Aeromaster’s decal sheet to create McKellar’s Hurricane. I installed an aftermarket seat and airbrushed the cockpit RAF interior green followed by a wash of Oxide Black and finally dry brushed with White. The aircraft was then airbrushed Dark Green and Dark Earth over Sky. For this project, I utilized ‘weighted’ after market wheels. Note the pilots personal marking beneath the cockpit. This is a nice replica of McKellar’s Battle of Britain Hurricane.