Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.II (P-40B) Airfix 1/48
This model was built Out of the box, I wanted to do a desert theme long ago and I found this kit to be the perfect project for it.
I've seen many people complaining about Airfix kits, but this one was a joy to build, pretty straightforward and simple, but effective engineering, Good cockpit detail OOB, there's not much I can add about the building process, I couldn't find any major issues with this kit. Also, I riveted the model to add another layer of interest.
I started the paint process using black basing to highlight some details like panels and rivets. But it wasn't after I finished all the base work to start painting the camouflage that I realized I didn't have any of the three colors needed to paint the correct scheme, so I didn't have any other option than mix my own paint.
The kit says I need Dark Earth and Mid Stoen colors for the fuselage and Azure blue for the underside, I did a few tests before getting the tone I wanted for each color, I used Tamiya paints, so I will post the ratios I used to get the desired colors.
Matt Dark Earth= XF-49 Khaki + XF-68 Nato brown in 8:2 ratio
Matt Mid Stone= XF-59 Desert Yellow + XF-4 Yellow green in 1:1 ratio
Azure Blue= XF-18 Medium Blue + XF-2 Flat White + X-14 Sky blue in 5:4:1 ratio
The decals were OK, they conform well to the panel lines, but not to the rivets, I can live with that, I was pretty skeptical about the shark mouth decals, but ended up looking and conforming surprisingly well, I used Solvaset to melt the decals onto the paint, Finished the model with a wash to pop out the details and some oil paints for the weathering. I tried to use Vallejo pigments with Matt varnish to weather the wheels...big no. At least I learned what not to do with Vallejo pigments, I made a huge mess, and was pretty hard to clean.
I know the model lacks the iron sight at the outside front of the cockpit, but I didn't know how to scratch build it without looking ugly, so I decided that my aircraft will not have any iron sight, at the end of the day is all about fun. Also, I doubt that the real aircraft at 8 thousand feet in a dive that detail will be really noticeable 😉
Hope you like it.
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