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1/48th Hasegawa P-40N

Built pretty much out of the box except for seat belts and TD wheels, this P-40N was a smooth, trouble-free build. After-market decals were used to mark the plane as one flown by the 8th FS Commander Ernie Harris. He scored 10 kills in that and was the first one to do so in a . The model represents the plane as it was on Guadalcanal in 1943. It's airbrushed in Model Master OD over neutral gray with a clear flat over spray.

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37 responses

  1. Good to see you back on the site, Jim...been a while. šŸ™‚
    I like your P-40, too.

  2. Thanks Craig, it's my part of the ongoing Charlotte Scale Modelers club build. I'm sort of partial to the blue planes with bent wings but I occasionally do make exceptions.

  3. Hi Jim, great build. Iā€™m surprised Harris was first to 10 kills in a P-40; I would have guessed Tex Hill or sombody from RAF 112 Squadron. Are they not counting Tomahawks, mercenaries, or Brits do you think?

  4. Hello John...thanks for the build compliment. As for the statement about Ernie Harris being the first to achieve the 10 kill mark in a P-40, I was a bit dubious about that too and it may well be incorrect. If so I am guilty of passing along information stated on the write up on the decal sheet. Perhaps Tom Cleaver or someone more familiar with the P-40 can set the record straight.

  5. Beautiful work Jim. I have always had a soft spot for the P-40. My first model kit ever was the old Revell 1/32 "Flying Tiger" version... and I was 8 years old. Talk about a little slice of heaven...

    Looks great ! Thanks for posting.

  6. Thanks Louis and quite a coincidence as my first plastic model was the old Aurora kit of the P-40.

  7. Jim, so was mine! The wings were solid plastic, in them days, not the halves later on. Been stuck on the old War Hatchet ever since.

  8. Bernard...Oh yes, I remember those solid wings and the fuselage halves with the pilot head and shoulders molded on. Perhaps a dozen parts in that kit. Ah, the good ole days !

  9. The P-40 is obviously a very popular choice with you guys, and this one looks great.

  10. Jim, very cool !, I always enjoy a nice P-40. I don't recall every seeing this scheme. Very attractive !

  11. VERY well done, Jim. And it doesn't look like an F4U!

    Beautifully done, my friend. Great looking aircraft - I'd be proud to have flown the original! The P-40 is such an icon of US fighters. Not really the best at anything (though not far off) but there at the right time when sorely needed! As shown by Ernie Harris & some others, it can get the job done.


    • Thanks Jeff. Indeed the P-40 was a workhorse and like the P-39 it had its limitations but was in the thick of the fight and contributing to the war effort.

      • Right you are, Sir! The P-39 is also one of my very favourites. I guess I really can say I am a fan of the "underdog" so to speak! There are many aircraft which - especially at the first of the war - were not the very best, but could do the job needed and were available in sufficient quantities at the times they were required, until better ones were available.

        For the US, the P-40 pretty much lead the USAAF. In the Navy, it was the Wildcat.

        • The "foot-in-the-door" fighters, holding the line until the US could gear up for war production, and get the newer planes and the later, combat ready variations out to the troops. Article I read on the P-39 said they didn't have enough cannon for the nose early on, so there was a plate added to balance the aircraft. After Pearl Harbor, that changed. Lots of shortages, and the peacetime attitude, plus just coming off the Depression.

  12. OD? No bent wings? That is a change for you Jim. Nicely done and I like the scheme you used. But who doesn't like P40's, as they really held the line until more improved A/C could be produced. I believe it's the only fighter that was used at both the beginning as well as the end of the war.

  13. Hello Tom...I have ventured across the 'blue line' before but I do plead guilty to my preference of USN/USMC birds. However the graceful lines of the P-40 can not be denied...Curtiss did well with that bird.

  14. Great-looking Warhawk - I love those white-tailed birds - did one myself!

  15. Real nice, Jim. You could always do a what ifer p-40 by attaching a tail hook and painting it blue?

  16. Real nice!, Jim. You could always do a what ifer p-40, painting it blue and attaching a tailhook? One of my first kits was the old Revell 1/72 P-40.

  17. Hmmmmm, now that's a thought...thanks Robert

  18. Incredible work, Jim! Your painting and weathering are just superb.

  19. Hi Jim. Love this one. The P 40 is one of my favourite WW II fighters. Once spoke to a SAAF Veteran who flew the P 40 in North Africa and he preferred the P 40 over the Spitfire due to its ruggedness and the fact that it brought him home more than 5 times after sustaining heavy battle damage that would have killed a Spitfire. Beautiful build!

  20. Very nice work on the model. A very realistic result. However, the 49th Fighter Group was never on Guadalcanal - New Guinea only. A very minor glitch.

  21. Nice work Jim. Great paint job with the faded OD. I sure hope that is one of the MM keeper colors. Best, Clark

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