Curtiss P-40E Warhawk Hasegawa 1/48
Like a certain red triplane, a shark nosed P-40 is a must have in my collection. It is one of my favorite fighter planes and it was my choice for my very first published kit in the www ! The chosen place was Aeroscale, but uploading pictures was very complicated for me and at some point i deleted lots of the pictures on my photo buckett, by accident. So here it is again, with a lot of new pictures in company with my P-40 N build a few years back, i hope you like it.
The Hasegawa P-40 don t fall together, if you follow the instructions you run into very serious fit problems at the rear fuselage and aft of the canopy.Create completed fuselage halfs and close after this the fuselage, the gaps on the spine are better and easier to fill. There are also fit problems with the wing guns. After this it is a trouble free build and the completed kits looks razor sharp like the real thing.
For the markings i choose the plane from Robert L. Scott, commander of the 23rd FG in China. I found some interersting pictures on the net and the plane looks relative well maintained, for a combat aircraft.
My preshading works only on the underside and i made a black wash only on the access panels. If you look at an aircraft in a “1/48 distance” you won t see much of the panel lines, so i left them untouched.
The gun sight came from a PE sheet from Extra – Tech ( german gunsights ! )
The antennas are stretched sprues
The decals came from a Sky Models sheet, printed by Cartograph. They worked very well
and it is not my last Warhawk !
32 additional images. Click to enlarge.