Another P-40 – Trumpeter 1/48 Curtiss 81-A2 Warhawk
July 9, 2014 in Aviation
I finished this about 2 years ago, using the Kits World decals for “Tex” Hill’s aircraft, & Gator Masks for the camouflage.
I rebuilt the cockpit to the proper depth using a combination of kit parts, True Details resin,
Eduard photo-etch, and scratch built details.
I also corrected as many of the other fatal flaws of the Trumpeter kit but didn’t address any out line or shape issues. It looks like a P-40 to me..;-).
I used did not use faded roundels on the upper surfaces or much weathering since this aircraft was written off in a landing accident before the AVG entered combat. The paint colors were hand mixed based on numerous internet sources to approximate the Dupont colors used by Curtiss.
The model is part of my “Hamilton Plate” collection. I was privileged to meet “Tex” Hill during one of his visits to Indiana, however more than a decade passed before the model was completed. While I was tempted to use the more colorful fictitious markings shown on the plate, I chose to try to accurately represent the aircraft as it was.