Vintage 1:32 scale Revell P-40 Flying Tiger
This is my 1st posting of any of my work ever. Computer challenged but I am learning through trial and error, so please bear with me.
This model is 1967 vintage and although it was very cool for that time period, it lacked the detail I wanted to make it unique. The cockpit, landing gear/lengthened, radiator gills opened and engine have all been redone. I wanted to build this plane without buying any after-market parts. So, I raided my parts bin and proceeded to make my life interesting. I love to scratch-build things and this kit definitely tried my meager skills.
I hoped and prayed that the 40 plus year old decals would work ok without disintegrating. Only one Chinese star fell apart but I coated the rest with decal preservative and had no more issues. I worked for hours to re-paint the star on bottom wing. Not perfect but it will work. I also did not want to paint the shart teeth but I would have attempted it. Hard to locate these in 1:32 scale!
My build is not perfect and I should have moved the tiger decal closer to the cockpit. Raised panel lines gave me grief but overall, I’m happy with it. The real planes the AVG used were really beat. Not alot of time to make pretty. I was told this by AVG pilot Charlie Mott. I have 2 more 1:48 P-40 kits on my bench, along with 60 or so more kits just waiting to be built. All in good time. I also built a Space Shuttle while brain storming the P-40. It was for a work friends newborn son. Another story for another time.
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