Royal Australian Air Force P-40N, 80 Squadron – Geoff Atherton – Hasegawa 1/48
February 13, 2014 in Aviation
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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