RAAF Tomahawk Mk.IIb by Airfix
This is my second Airfix 1/48 scale P-40; this time in the guise of a Tomahawk IIb as flown by Wing Commander Peter Jeffrey, 3 Squadron RAAF, in the western desert in 1941.
Our IPMS-NSW club has a group build coming up later this year & has chosen this kit as its subject; to be built strictly out of the box, with the exception of seat belts. The pilot figure from the kit is optional & alternative decals may be used (to avoid having 24 identical Tomahawks!) . I’ve used a few tweaks to enhance my build: stretched sprue for aerials, brake lines, tail wheel door actuators, radiator shutter rods & a gunsight filed from the kit sprue with a clear sprue reflector glass, mounted on a cross bar from the same stuff. All from the box contents.
Unfortunately Airfix appears to have forgotten to include a gunsight for this version. Perhaps they overlooked the differences between the US & RAF P-40 models. Fortunately there are several good references on the web, so problem solved. You can see it if you look hard! Thanks for looking.
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