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Royal Australian Air Force P-40N, 80 Squadron – Geoff Atherton – Hasegawa 1/48

February 13, 2014 in Aviation

G’day guys.

Thought I’d keep the RAAF theme going with my rendition of Wing Commander Geoff Atherton’s ride while he was Commander of 80 Squadron during WW2.

The kit is the “Cleopatra III” boxing of the Hasegawa 1/48 P-40 M/N and I’ve made some modifications and additions to the kit.

The first part was to construct the wing racks which I had drawings for supplied to me by Peter Malone. A few simple shapes from Evergreen sheet and strip and voila, bomb racks. The kit only comes with one 500 lber so a mate generously donated the same item from his P-40. (Thanks Ralph!). The bombs are stippled with Mr Surfacer to create the rough texture appearance that are visible in the photos I have. Looking back at the kit bombs I probably should have used some thin plastic to rebuild the fins as the kit items are way overscale. As a famous Australian busharanger once said “Such is life…”

Ultracast items have been used for the lightweight diamond treded eight spoke wheels as the kit wheels and hubs are incorrect. (I’ve committed the cardinal sin of modellers here by not painting the underside of the tyres…forgive me, I know not what I do!) Resin exhausts and seat also come from Ultracast. The whip antennae is fibre optic cable and the underside fuel drain pipe is from some brass wire bent t o shape. There’s a bit of conjecture around the web about whether this is a fuel drain or not but schematic drawings I’ve seen indicate that there is a fuel drain point in this area. The gear down indicators are from stretched sprue and the over thick kit gunsight glass was replaced with acetate sheet. Brake lines were added from wire and the tail wheel was cut, pinned and re positioned.

Kit stencil decals are the only decals that have been used as I had Mal Mayfield from Miracle Paint Masks do me up a set of custom masks made from a scan of the kit decals. The “Cleopatra III” nose art is a two part mask, a large one for the white and a smaller one for the red. The registration of these two masks is perfect which is a testament to the quality of Mal’s masks, I can’t recommend his stuff enough. All of the aircraft numbers, squadron codes and serial numbers are masks. If you eve build this kit, note that the starboard side kit decal for the squadron code and aircraft letter is around the wrong way.

Paint is again very thin coats of of varying greens from lacquer thinned Gunze acrylics to build up depth of colour. Once the models was sealed and stencils applied, an oil dot finish was then applied to add some visual interest to the green.

Hope you like here as she is one of my favourites in the collection.

Thanks for looking.


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20 responses to Royal Australian Air Force P-40N, 80 Squadron – Geoff Atherton – Hasegawa 1/48

  1. man,i have a weakness for p-40s

  2. G’day to you too, Mick,and what a great model, makes me want to open a few tinnies!

  3. Terrific P-40. Belly weathering and soil very convincing.

  4. Michael,
    This absolutely gorgeous. I particularly love the “N” and you have done a masterful job bringing this to life. Stunning. I absolutely, love it

  5. Beautiful job, Mick. It puts me more in the mood for a P-40 kit than an “oilcan”. Perhaps a trip to an “Outback” will satisfy me. All the hard work shows, and it came out “just right” !

  6. Beauty mate! She looks great Mick, very realistic too. Dayum, what nice work!

  7. Excellent work, sir….you done good!

  8. Very nice work. There is some recent information (Red Roo came up with it) to the effect that the RAAF did not in fact take the time to repaint all their P-40s with Foliage Green, but left them in Olive Drab/Neutral Grey, which fits with a comment from John Waddy when I talked to him in 1984. I’ve even seen some photos that show they didn’t even take time to nicely mask off those areas they painted white, just nice rough spraygun. Try convincing an IPMS judge of that! Regardless, yours looks really nice.

    • Thanks Tom (@tcinla). It’s very fortunate that you had the chance to meet John Waddy. If I was a few years older I would love to have had a chance to sit down with some of those pilots and aircrew. I’ve had the chance to meet Laurie Woods (DFC) at one of his books signings. Laurie was a bombardier on Lancaster’s with 460 Squadron (RAAF) in Europe.

      As you’re probably well aware, the conjecture that surrounds RAAF foliage green and all of the other camouflage colours that were applied during the period is like Alice chasing the rabbit down the hole. It can lead onto a marvelous adventure. It’s intereseting to hear about the white painted areas though. Atherton’s aircraft appears to have neatly applied white aon all areas. Good to hear you like it!



  9. It also might be that Curtiss was still using pre-war Olive Drab, which is the same shade as RAF Dark Green, since both colors were based on the official specification for World War I “P.C.10” – in which case those who say they were green and those who say they were olive drab would both be right.

  10. That surface weathering is exquisite. Looks great on the photos, and I’m sure it’s even better in the real life. Thanks for sharing!

  11. You’ve nailed it Cobber, lovely job.

  12. A real beaut! I love it when an all over one colour scheme is rendered like this. Great finish with very nice restrained weathering. Great P-40 Mick!

  13. It’s one thing to see a black and white era photo of a WWII aircraft but your build brings a better appreciation of the planes appearence to the viewer. Beautiful job!

  14. A beautiful P-40 Mick. Love the weathering. Your technique is one of the best I’ve seen. I’ll look forward to more of the same! Great pictures too!

  15. Mick,

    Whoa, this is a great presentation in the art of post shading,chipping and staining. Lots of thought and observations went into this build and it shows.
    The P-40 never was on the “A-team” along with the Spifires and Mustangs but, always is the favorite with the home town crowd. I will being using your photos as reference for future builds.

    Two thumbs on bring home the Gold. A job well done,well done indeed.

    • Thanks @stephen-w-towle. I spent quite a while looking at photos of the aircraft trying to interpret what the black and white photo was saying. I don’t think the scuffing on the underside of the wing above the wheels is worn paint but the photo I have certainly shows a dark patch around that area. I’m quite happy with how this one turned out though I’d like to try some of the AK weathering fluids to start modulating colours rather than ability with the AB by itself. Glad to hear that you like it though.



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