Airfix 1/72 Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.IIB
One of the recent “new tooling” Airfix’s 1/72 starter sets, and relaxingly easy build it is!
This is an out of box build that spanned two weekends but were truncated due to other project commitments & stretched across the month of September.
Markings are for those included in the kit, namely Neville Duke’s* machine whilst he was serving in North Africa with No.112 Squadron based in Libya in 1941.
(*Neville Duke was one of the pioneers in breaking the sound barrier)
Decals are from Cartograph and though good quality are slightly too thick for my liking.
I get why they go for the thicker decals since they’re far more robust as this kit is really aimed for the occasional hairy stick builder & younger modeller.
Panel lines though heavy are acceptable & after a coat of Mr Surfacer they tone down a bit.
Build wise there’s not much to complain about. The front wing leading edge to fuselage joint is a bit iffy, and you need to exercise a bit of care around there. Nothing that a small shim of plastic and filler won’t fix.
Interior detail is perfectly respectable, all I added were some masking tape belts for the seat.
A nice low part count & a reasonably good fit means this isn’t a complicated build.
Paints used were Tamiya acrylics…
…Followed by the usual pin wash and Lifecolor filters to tone things down and get a dusty look to the airframe.
Comment s as always most welcome, but in the meantime thanks for stopping by & looking.