1/48 Hobbycraft Curtiss P-40B Warhawk, PTO, USAAC
This is my contribution for this little mini unofficial P-40 group build. This is my first P-40 that I picked up at a show in Ct. back in the mid 90’s. One of a few early P-40 kits to come along. I built this around 98-99 or so before I read any reviews about the kit. So it was long on the shelf before reading all about the inaccuracies. It was an easy build as I remember it. Strictly all OOB on this one, using the kit decals, no seat belts, the cockpit is basic so I just posed the canopy closed as it sat on the ramp on that fateful Dec day in 1941. Internet model sites were just in their infancy. So to really get a review of this kit was to read about in either Scale Modeler or Military Modeler Magazine or maybe in SAM. Otherwise I just went about and enjoyed building a model airplane. It is in basic OD over Neutral Grey using at the time War color Acrylics from Aeromaster. White Nose and prop cone. Silver prop blade. MM Interior Green. This is a P-40B based at Wheeler Field in Hawaii, side number 300, 78th Pursuit Squadron, 18th Pursuit Group. It was a few years before I read how off it is. You know it may be, but so what. It is an early P-40 with a Hase P-40E and an AMT P-40N in the stash and seeing those represented here can’t wait to build them sometime soon to share some shelf space among their brethren. The P-40 has a special place in my heart, as a child it was the first plane that I recognized when my dad used to take us to the park and fly the old Cox Gas powered P-40, remember that model. Like a kite just fly it around in a circle without getting to dizzy. That memory is still so vivid. Love the P-40. Thanks for visting.
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