SCRATCH BUILT Part 2
This was a 1/32 scale “Revell” P-40E kit. I did something unusual by placing several hand made parts together then taking the photos. This was done because it cost money for film, film developing, postage. I had spent more than USD$400.00 so far that year on model photos. Thank goodness for digital photography a few years later.
My client sent me a few photos of a restored bird that was at what we call a “Fly-In.” I had no cockpit photos nor did I have any books on the real WW-II P-40E airplane. A fellow modeler from the IPMS/USA San Jose, California club that I belong to gave me a print of one wheel well that showed the area where the strut was attach to the gears that turned the landing gear to a 90 degree when the unit was folded up into the wheel well. Take your time and study each photo and count each rivet that was put into the plastic using a sharp pointed needle in one of my pin vises, then go build it.
There use to be a “P-40 Warhawk” web site that contained lots of data, plus several model stories by different builders so try going to: “www.p40warhawk.com” and see if the site is still on the internet.
Scratch build #3 will be here soon!
Now it’s time for my breakfast and watch my morning TV program “Lets Make A Deal.
32 additional images. Click to enlarge.