Hasegawa 1/48 P-40K-1
Just another P-40 from the Bebout Curtiss Factory, this one from Hasegawa. If you’ve build any of their P-40’s you know they use various plug in parts, enabling them to produce several different P-40 versions using a base air frame. Many thanks to Mark Gran from helping me obtain this kit, one that I was having difficulty finding . You meet the nicest folks here on iModeler.
This model depicts a P-40K flown by Cpt George W. “POPS” Long assigned to the 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, Tunisia, 1943. I assume the nickname was due to his age, probably in his 30’s. I was hoping to find a photo of Capt Long but came up short. However, I did discover he participated in the Palm Sunday Massacre on April, 18, 1943, thru unit documents which are attached. During this engagement he was able to shoot down 2 JU-52’s and damaged a Me-110. In May of 1943 Capt Long rotated back to the states.
Built mostly OOB I did however, add an Ultracast seat with hardness. The decal provided in the box was used for the IP. Unit marking decals were from Eagle Strike and reacted well when applied. Paints were Model Master Azure Blue, Middlestone and Dark Earth. I use a camouflage mask from Top Notch and it worked very well for me. Antenna wire is nylon thread and she was dirtied up using a brown Pitt Pen. Now that my Dull Coat has finally arrived I’ll be able to finish my Eduard P-400 and then the F4U-1 Corsair. With this shelter in place if you’re not playing with plastic you’re either eating or drinking Kentucky Bourbon.
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