Trumpeter AVG Tomahawk 1/32
I couldn’t help but notice a P-40 theme in the last few posts, so I am compelled to add my own rendition of this noble bird to this site! This is the Hobbycraft boxing of Trumpeter’s P-40B/Hawk 81A2 Tomahawk done as it could only be rendered as: A Flying Tiger! (One of the first plastic kits I ever built was Monogram’s P-40B in 1/48th scale…)
As I was test fitting the model I noticed that the cockpit didn’t look quite right, like it was too small! As it turns out, it is. Trumpy molded a floor instead of a wing top which made all the other components too small and more like 1/48th scale…I was able to get a hold of Cutting Edge’s P-40B resin cockpit set right quick and pit in a more accurate and more detailed cockpit. The rest of the kit is actually very nice and in almost no time was ready to paint. Trumpy did away with the rubber tires and all the gimmicks they tend to put in their kits from before (and after…unfortunately…).
From my references I found that these birds were painted with US equivalents to the British paints Dark earth, Dark green and sky grey. I wound up using Tamiya’s Earth brown with a little bit of Nato brown; Tamiya Dark green with some Olive green added and MM Aircraft gray for the undersurfaces. I faded each color as I went along and hard-masked the green, along with the positions for the original placement of the british roundels, for whom these planes were originally destined to.
I chose to represent an a/c from the 2nd Squadron “Panda Bears”, flown by John Petach and Bob Layher in late 1941. Decals came from EagleCals sheet #69 and are excellent as usual. After the decaling was done I used a sludge wash to highlight the panel lines , then some weathering. I used my usual Future/Tamiya Flat base mix to flatten the finish. Some weathering and DONE!
I really enjoyed building this kit, as it’s an easy build (other than the darn cockpit screwup…) and it filled a gaping void in my WW2 a/c collection. Thanx for looking and enjoy!
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