1/48 AMT P-40N Lulu Belle
Just of my table is this P-40N Lulu Belle, driven by 2nd Lt Philip Adair. 2Lt Adair would make a name for himself by single handily attacking a flight of 24 Sally bombers escorted by 34 Oscar fighters. He bagged an Oscar, damaged 2 others along with damaging a Sally. For this action he would receive a Silver Star. His unit the 89th FS, 80th FG, by early 1944, would be flying ground support missions in support of Merrill’s Marauders.
I’ve built several AMT P-40’s, and though not as detailed as the Hasagawa line of P-40’s they can be built into some nice looking models. In this case I added an Ultracast seat, wheels and exhause stacks to improve her looks. Paints were a combination of Model Master acrylics and Tamiya rattle cans. The dark green camo was air brushed with Tamiya acrylics. The cockpit was brushed painted and nylon thread was used for the antenna line. The decals are from Fundekals and they went down extremely well.
Panel lines were accented with a Pit Pen and exhause stains are artist chalk. Also took some time to drill out the gun barrels. Not a show stopper but it was fun to build and is another P-40 to add to my ever increasing collection of them.
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