Hasegawa, 1:48 Scale P-40, “Kittyhawk III” (Longtail ‘K’), RNZAF
I think Hasegawa's line of P-40 kits are pretty much, the best of the type in this scale. They are loaded with fine detail and the fit is pretty good throughout, suffice to say, they are kits that have been very well engineered.
They have released the kit in a wide variation of types, from E to N, (Allison engined aircraft, mind you) and thus, there are plug ins, and add on pieces, that the builder must use, to make a particular kit into the version of P-40 they intend to build. That, is the only real bugaboo that I have found with these kits. The main pain in the hind quarters, is that some of these seams created by the various plugs and add on's, do not necessarily line up where real seams would. this might result in a loss of exterior detail while cleaning these up Again, this is not a major thing, but it is something to watch out for while constructing these awesome kits.
I chose to build this baby right out of the box, (As I usually do) Hasegawa decals have gotten much better over the years, and I always wanted to do this aircraft, with it's theater ID stripes all over the place...I thought it would be a pretty striking aircraft, so I went with it...(obviously)
Markings are those of Pilot Officer Geoffrey B. Fisken, No 14 Squadron, RNZAF, Based at Guadalcanal during the summer of 1943. P/O Fisken was the highest scoring Commonwealth pilot in the Pacific Theater, with eleven enemy planes shot down. Six over Singapore, flying the oft maligned Brewster 'Buffalo', and a further five over the Solomon Islands. He was truly a 'Kiwi' Badass!
That's another one done for 2019, and I'm hoping to knock a couple more out by years end. Stay tuned folks, and thanks for reading!
Freddie from LI
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