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Transportation, Aviation, Model, WWII British Airplane, Hawker Hurricane, Brass, Early 1940s


Hawker Hurricane Airplane Model
British: Early 1940s
Brass airplane on mahogany base
8.5 x 10 x 3 inches, airplane
7.5 x 5.75 x 1.5 inches, base
8.5 x 10 x 4.5 inches, overall including base

A fine brass model in realistic detail of a single propeller military airplane — almost certainly a 1940s British Hawker Hurricane. It has a free-spinning propeller, and is mounted on a mahogany base chamfered on top and trimmed in brass, with a green felt rectangle in the center. The model can be distinguished from a British Supermarine Spitfire of the same era, which is somewhat similar in appearance: The clear indicators are the hump-back behind the fuselage and the more rounded configuration of the wings. The four cannons indicate that it was probably a model of the later tank-busting Hurricane.

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The Hawker Hurricane was a mid century British single-seat fighter aircraft produced from 1937 to 1944, designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was used throughout World War II along with the more well known Supermarine Spitfire, playing a significant role, for example, during Battle of Britain. There were various models of the Hawker Hurricane. The Hurricane Mk IIC introduced a 4 x 20mm Hispano cannon arrangement fitting two cannons in each wing. This provided major firepower against a variety of targets, whether at land, sea, or air.

Brass aircraft models of World War II planes — such as the offered example — were often made during the war by factory workers in Great Britain during their spare time using left-over brass at the factory. Generally, they are 1/72nd scale, varying in quality, with some mounted on bases. Models of British fighters that they made included the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, and Boulton Paul Defiant — the latter being a single-seater plane with a power-operated turret behind the pilot. British factory workers also made brass models of American planes including the Boeing B-17 , Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Lockheed  P-38 Lightning, and the North American P-51 Mustang. World War II models of Axis power planes were apparently not made by the British workers.

Condition: Generally very good, the original lacquer finish to the plane with wear and minor scattered abrasions and handling. Base very good as well, probably original to the plane, also with the usual wear to finish, handling, etc.


Maurice Kanareck, emails to George Glazer Gallery, April 22, 2020 (correcting earlier posted discussion suggesting the model was a Spitfire model and quoted above).

James Moore, email to George Glazer Gallery, January 31, 2020 (correcting earlier posted discussion suggesting the model was a Spitfire model).

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20th Century