P-40E Hasegawa 1/32 – my first post
I’ve been meaning to share for awhile and am finally getting around to it during this coronavirus emergency. This is a great way to relax after a week of stress learning to work from home. I hope these pics are the right size. I shrank them down to standard upload dimensions. Please let me know if i need to adjust anything.
This is my version of the Hasegawa P-40e in 1/32 scale. It represents Ed Rector’s a/c as interpreted by a variety of sources and using the kit decals. I guess there may be controversy about whether the wing stars should be USAAF or Chinese AF sun roundels. I always preferred the Chinese version but available decals give the US stars.
The kit was a lot of work. Most of that was blending in the fuselage inserts, which I think look good in the end. It is nerve-wracking to sand around clear parts and also to glue them in firmly to avoid cracking when they are being blended in. I used Tamiya liquid glue to weld them in place, working very slowly and carefully. For filler, I used stretched sprue, also welded in with extra thin liquid cement. I like that Hasegawa gives large clear parts to allow a good join to the fuselage without marring the transparencies. The E- model kit windscreen has an extra framing bar. I sanded this off and polished the piece back to full transparency with sanding sticks and Novus plastic polish. Great stuff – worked like a charm.
I spent hours trying to do subtle weathering with selective panel tone difference, masking an repainting over and over. The effect doesn’t show up too well in photos but a couple of these do show the effect pretty well. I don’t like over weathering or the quilt effect of over-dark panel lines. Along with painting, I used oil paint pin washes, pastels and CMK weathering pigment powders.
The tiger “shark mouth” is done with the kit decals. These are quite fragile so I had to do repairs with careful airbrushing in white here and there. This model was becoming a shelf queen before I finally got up the gumption to do that decaling. I like the results and it was worth the effort in the end.
This being my first post, I don’t want to be too long-winded. I hope to get up some other stuff in 1/32, namely an FW-190A-6 and a P-47D, both Hasegawa. I hope this works.
Feedback is very welcome. This is turning out to be a great on-line modeling community at iModeler and I am keen to contribute.
8 additional images. Click to enlarge.