Hasegawa 1/48th P-40E in ‘Sand & Spinach’ scheme
I built this P-40E to serve as a general specimen to represent how so many of them began their service life, regardless of which allied nation might receive them. I've always found the P-40E in the color photograph (above) published in one of Ethell's books very pleasing to the eye.
The Hasegawa kit presents a few challenges with the finnicky fits of the tail, fuselage spine, and gun pieces. With some care and a little sanding it does tend to come together nicely. This one sports an Ultracast seat, wheels, & exhausts along with decals pinched from a Tally Ho sheet. Paints are mixed from Floquil's military flats range, and the underside turned out a little bit more blue than I'd hoped. I determined later that it was likely due to the white and blue separating in the airbrush reservoir, so I reckon that's a lesson learned.
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