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Jean-Paul DEWAR
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Curtiss P-40 N 5 CU – 49th FG. – 7 th FS. – Model MAUVE 1/48

June 10, 2020 · in Aviation · · 22 · 7.3K

Hi all,

Here is a model that I finished about 20 years ago. It is the N from at . It did not please me much anymore because I found it sad on its base so I decided to redo this base.
At the same time I made some additions of antennas on the model. I also redid the exhaust traces and I then ironed a layer of matt varnish because I found it too shiny.

I replaced the original figurine with 2 new ones. The pilot comes from a FALLER box and the mechanic from an ICM box. They are painted with an airbrush for the primer and the base coat of uniforms and faces. The details and juices were done with a brush.

It is a P-40 N-5 CU from the 49th FG. 7th FS. piloted by 1st Lt. Jack A. FENIMORE and based in Hollandia (New Guinea) in 1944.

The only addition to the kit is the cockpit from True Detail.
The paint used is Gunze - Olive Drab and Neutral Gray.

This is what it gives in the end.

The 1st photo is of the model before transformation.

The revamped model

Hope you like it.


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22 responses

  1. Nice looking dio.

  2. 20 years ago I really wanted to buy this kit, but the price here was too high for my meager wallet. Your “updated” efforts really brought the original model to life, it’s very well done indeed, thumbs up!

  3. It looks fantastic, Jean-Paul.
    The diorama is also very nice.
    How were you able to keep it in this condition for 20 years?
    My models always tend to attract so much dust.

  4. Thanks John. It is in a showcase and regularly, I take the dust with a woman's brush to powder the face.

  5. Your P-40 looks fanastic Jean-Paul!
    I really like seeing imroving actions at already finished kits, like you did.
    Kind of breathing new life to those finished kits years before.
    All the best!

  6. Great up grade Jean-Paul, every P-40 needs a good looking base to sit on. That Mauve P-40N looks great on yours. Plus, one can never build too many P-40's.

  7. Fantastic! Nice work!

  8. Beautiful work

  9. That's a nice looking P-40 - love those SEA schemes, and with the blue nose it really stands out.

  10. Very nice! It looks even better than before, and the base really makes it stand out.

  11. Nicely done and great to see it survived a generation

  12. Great freshen up, Jean-Paul. I'm a P-40 fanatic and yours is beautiful. The display base is awesome as well. Beautiful job all around.

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