1/48 Mauve P-40M RNZAF
Finished this kit couple of months ago and don’t know why I hadn’t posted it. Spent some time looking for a P-40M kit, Mauve is belly up, and the Eduard and Hasegawa versions seem to be out of production right now. Pretty sure both Eduard and the Hasegawa versions used the Mauve molds. After building this one I had a conversation with Bernard Hackett Jr. and he stated you can build the M version from the old AMT P-40N kit. And by golly he’s correct, just don’t cut the fuselage and add the N version glass, and presto you have a P-40M
Build this kit pretty much out of the box, however I did add an Ultracast seat and some wheels. Fit was pretty good and I don’t remember having to use any putty or filler. The instrument panel is a spares decal and after market nav lights also came from the spares box . Paint is Tamiya rattle can, and the cockpit was hand painted using Model Master enamels. Nylon thread was used for the antenna and pastel chalk for the exhause stains. Tried to dirtier her up as a worn old work horse, using a mixture of water, Future and some dark brown acrylic paint. Not completely happy with the way she turned out but practice makes perfect. She represents no particular NZ unit, just wanted to add another allied P-40 to my collection. The decals used were from a Ventura P-40’s set and they snuggled down really well.
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