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Fred grassi
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P-40E Warhawk "Scatter Brain"

August 29, 2019 · in Aviation · · 16 · 2.5K

Hello ,

Here, I close this express work, during my holidays ..
From the box (just some stuff in the cockpit was added)

This is the model 1/4; the plastic is nice to work, the model is nice to assemble
no trap to be taken on this model, the assembly required only a thin line of putty to the karman fittings.

The decor is from a Montex kit, with glass masks, decals and masks complete.
so it's the "Scatter Brain", a P-40E flown by 2nd Lt Edgar D Ball:
no or little information on this device, and especially also a lot of contradiction

I hope you'll like it

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16 responses

  1. Well done Fred, really like how you weathered this P-40. I like it.

  2. Nice work Fred!

  3. Good job, Fred...I like it. 🙂

  4. Thats really interesting. Looks like yellow torch surrounds on the fuselage stars, RAF serial number. My bet is that this a/c was used in Aleutians. “Torch surrounds” are probably remnants of Brit/Canadian roundels. I do think US and Canadian units in Alaska shared P-40s at some point. Nice work.

    • 49th FG, summer 1942 - most of their original P-40Es were P-40E-1 (Kittyhawk IA for RAF) taken over from the Australians (who didn't have any fighter pilots available at the time to fly them, all the pilots being over in North Africa).

  5. definitely a 49th FG A/C in Australia and New Guinea. As in other cases with markings on other 49th P-40's, there appears to be more than one "Scatter Brain". (I am a fan of this naming). The one in these pics was a "K" model, or a late "E", Dobadura based in 1943. BTW the model looks really good, well done.

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  6. That “used and somewhat abused” look you gave the model looks splendid, as does the overall paint work. Very nice P-40

  7. Looks great! Very nice weathering work. A beauty of a Warhawk.

  8. Wonderful work. I do like it!

  9. Great job. Odd about the serial number. ET603 equates to the U.S. serial number 41-35957. According to these sites it was a New Zealand kite...

    • In spring 1942, nobody was worrying too much about whose airplanes were being used by who. Neither the RAAF or RNZAF had many fighter pilots in the Pacific at that time, all their guys being in Europe and North Africa. The 49ers were the ones who were there so they used what was there.

  10. Great job, excellent weathering!

  11. Thanks a lot for your comments, i appreciate 🙂
    and thanks you for the informations 🙂

  12. Excellent ! This is a fantastic plane. You did very well with it.

  13. She’s a beauty. Always loved the p-40, looks like fighter, flies like fighter. Nice build.

  14. Very fine work indeed, Fred @fredoscop! 👍

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