Hasegawa 1/48 P-39Q 100th Fighter Squadron
I’m been wanting to do the various planes flown by the Tuskegee Airman and this is the second one I’ve completed. The first was a P-40L “Ace of Pearls” which I posted here several years ago. Like most Tuskegee aircraft this one was a hand me down and was flown by 1LT Samuel Curtis out of Capodichino, Italy in 1944. The 100th mainly flew harbor patrol in their P-39’s. The 301st would receive P-47D’s, which I’m doing now, and were the first to have red tails.
The Hasegawa kit is wonderful in it’s detail but also has some mighty tiny parts which always seem to go ping and disappear into some black hole never to be seen again. The only real issue I experienced was the canopy fit and that was most likely self inflicted. Have to give a big thank to John, another modeler on another site, for providing the AeroMaster sheet for this model, couldn’t have done it with out them. Likewise, the yellow stripes are from fundekals, which have no carrier film and lay down very well for a painted on look.
Only addition was a Untracast seat and nylon thread for an antenna. Paint was Tamiya rattle cans with Model Master acrylics and enamels brushed on for the cockpit. Took it to the Cincinnati Model Show where it took a Gold in Single Engine Prop category. To be transparent, there were so many single props, they did a split between radial and inline engines for judging. Therefore, the competition got a little smaller but was just as intense. Was going to really dirty her up,as she was a hand me down, but I just couldn’t do it after she was done.
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