Hawk 81C, No 77, AVG 3rd Pursuit Squadron, Rangoon, Burma
I finally got around to completing a Hawk 81 (P-40C) of the Flying Tigers, because everybody needs one in their collection. This model is from the Hobbycraft HC 1451 “AVG” Tiger Shark kit which has accuracy issues with the wing-to-fuselage attachment as detailed in this Hyperscale article:
(ref: http://hsfeatures.com/features04/p40bjr_1.htm, by Jose Rodriguez).
I did not do as much surgery as that author but I did cut the wing roots off the fuselage halves, and then attached the forward wing section about 2-3 mm lower at the front, to fix the wing angle of attack problem; and then filled the gaps with epoxy and sanded.
My kit used kit decals to depict aircraft No 77, Ser P-8173 of Robert T Smith, as it would have appeared at Mingaladon Field, Rangoon, Burma in December of 1941. At that time, there would have been no kill markings, and no “Flying Tiger” decal below the cockpit (that decal/sticker was made by Walt Disney and arrived in China around March of 1942). Since this Hawk 81 would have been relatively new (then), I get away with no weathering, which is good because I’m not that good at it. I also used the darker blue Nationalist Chinese 12-point star decal to reflect the non-weathered look. Colors are standard RAF temperate scheme, dark green, dark earth, sky (greyish green).
The debates and research on actual AVG camo schemes are numerous and worth your time if you are interested. I found this research by Rato Marczak useful and interesting. http://www.ratomodeling.com.br/articles/AVG_cammo/
Appreciation to Mssrs Rodriguez and Marczak for their fine articles and advice on AVG P-40s.
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