February 23, 2017 in Aviation
This is the latest, and greatest P-40 kit. The brand new Airfix P-40B! What’s not to like about this one? I built it out of the box including using the excellent decals provided for Lt. Welch’s Pearl Harbor a/c. I mixed the cockpit’s “Curtiss interior green” from Testors yellow zinc chromate with a few drops of Humbrol flat black. The exterior is painted with Xtracolor olive drab over Modelmaster neutral gray. The only thing I added to this kit was a set of Eduard lap belts. The last two photos include my 20 year old Hobbycraft P-40B for comparison.
I followed Tom Cleaver’s advice and fixed the separate cowl panels to each side, and attached the lower cowl piece to one side before joining the fuselage halves. This enabled me to build this kit with zero filler or super glue. Only a smidgeon of Mr. Surfacer was used to do the cowl join lines.
Nice model, and lots of fun. I’m looking forward to doing another in Desert Air Force livery.
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