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RAAF Tomahawk Mk.IIb by Airfix

This is my second Airfix 1/48 scale P-40; this time in the guise of a Tomahawk IIb as flown by Wing Commander Peter Jeffrey, 3 Squadron RAAF, in the western desert in 1941.
Our IPMS-NSW club has a group build coming up later this year & has chosen this kit as its subject; to be built strictly out of the box, with the exception of seat belts. The pilot figure from the kit is optional & alternative decals may be used (to avoid having 24 identical Tomahawks!) . I’ve used a few tweaks to enhance my build: stretched sprue for aerials, brake lines, tail wheel door actuators, radiator shutter rods & a gunsight filed from the kit sprue with a clear sprue reflector glass, mounted on a cross bar from the same stuff. All from the box contents.
Unfortunately Airfix appears to have forgotten to include a gunsight for this version. Perhaps they overlooked the differences between the US & RAF P-40 models. Fortunately there are several good references on the web, so problem solved. You can see it if you look hard! Thanks for looking.

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23 responses to RAAF Tomahawk Mk.IIb by Airfix

  1. Hi Tony. This is a real gem of a kit and you made the best of it. Well done!!! I am looking at doing a similar camouflaged Tomahawk as used by the SAAF in North Africa. Some of the SAAF Tomahawks had some nice nose art to add to the desert camouflage. Cheers!

  2. That’s a very pretty kitty Tony.

  3. That is an awesome looking Tomahawk Tony! Excellent finish. I residually love your treatment of the non skid on the wings. Looks dusty!

  4. Nice job, Tony – and who says OOB can’t be a “winner”..? I like it.

  5. Good work, Tony!

  6. I really like this Tony. Excellent work and a great result.

  7. Outstanding, Tony! OOB CAN be fun!

  8. An excellent Tomahawk build!, cockpit detail is great.

  9. Excellent indeed Tony. There’s always room for a few more P-40’s. Its one of my favorite planes. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. Great looking P-40 Tony. I’m currently working on my first P-40. Such a classic warbird. You did it justice on this build.

  11. Great job, Tony! What paints did you use?

  12. Excellent build and finish. I just did my first N. Africa/desert scheme (a Hurricane), and I’m itching to do some more as it is really an eye-catching scheme. I also need a P-40 in British pajamas, so this may be the ticket!

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