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Hasegawa, 1/48 P-40E

My last post of 2017, and yes it’s another of Tom’s P-40’s from his on going collection. This is the first Hasegawa P-40 I’ve completed and it’s really a sweet little kit. Went together very well, and no putty or filler was used. I did add a Ultracast seat but everything else as out of the box, to include the decals. Used a combination of Tamiya rattle cans for the exterior and Model Master enamels were hand painted in the cockpit. The antenna wire is nylon thread. This P-40E, “Bob’s Robin”, was flown by Lt. Robert Vaught with the 9th FS, 49th FG, in Australia during the summer of 1944.

Was lucky enough to win a couple of third place finishes at the Toledo and the Cleveland IPMS model shows with this kit. May have to do another one just for fun after I finish a couple of iModeler Group Builds. It’s been a fun year of building for me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed viewing some incredible models that have been displayed here on iModeler. Keep it up folks and I wish you all a very Happy and prosperous New Year.

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19 responses to Hasegawa, 1/48 P-40E

  1. Another beautiful P-40 Tom…………… What a way to end the year. I say go for it and build another one…….. or two. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that your New Year is Happy and productive my friend.

  2. Outstanding work on your P-40, Tom!

  3. Very nice P-40. Is it Tamiya or Hasegawa?

  4. A great-looking P-40 Tom! Nice subtle finish to it, and I like the markings – haven’t seen that scheme before.

  5. Tom, that is a good looking Warhawk. Love that airplane.

  6. Nice job, Tom….one of the better ones I’ve seen of late.

  7. Looking nice. I saw you stating this as a Tamiya at first. I wonder if Tamiya ever will make a P-40…may be too much to hope for.

  8. Nice P-40!!! An unusual ‘shark mouth’, looks like it’s hungry.

  9. Extremely well executed. Nice job, Thomas.

  10. Beautifully done, Tom! Like many others, I think the P-40s – even with all their faults, were awesome aircraft. Other, more modern aircraft performed better, but that big gaping maw just looks ready to eat up the enemy! (And those 6 M2 caliber .50s sure helped “tenderize” whatever was unlucky enough to be in front of the guns!)

    Like Greg, I haven’t seen that scheme before, either. Bravo, Tom!

  11. Tom, Very nice work and yes it too is one of my favorite airplanes so I always like seeing a nicely built model of a P-40. I was wondering your opinion on the tail section plug into the fuselage ?. I’ve heard good and bad opinions, Looks like yours fit very well.

    • Don’t know about others, but I glued both sides of the tail section to the fuselage first, then glued the fuselage together. Didn’t bother trying to attach a plug to the fuselage. Figured if any gaps appeared they would be easier to fix they way. Worked for me.

  12. Great looking model. Invest in some Squadron/Falcon P-40 vac canopies. They make things look really good (you’re making yours look super, the right kind of canopy makes it extra-super).

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