Academy 1/72 P-40M
This is my 1/72 Academy P-40M with Finnish Air Force markings that I completed a couple of months ago. This is a nice kit that can be made as either a M or N versions of the P-40. There are a few things that I felt needed some attention: the height/shape of the canopies on both versions, the spinner being so blunt, and rudder cable fairings missing on both sides of the tail. I removed some material off the spinner and canopy's clear parts to bring the shape to a more correct look. And I added the rudder cable fairings (stretched sprue) that were missing but the rest of the build was pretty much straight from the box. This turned out to be a nice build, all the parts had no fit issues. I did had to use some filler but only for one round. I took the Finnish insignias from a Curtiss H-75 sheet and the serial numbers I had to cut individual letters and numbers from another sheet. This is a simple scheme, the actual aircraft came from the Soviet Air Force and the Finnish Air Force took it after it landed in Finland. The aircraft was painted with one color on the upper surface instead of the multi-color scheme. Shots are included to compare my old Hasegawa P-40N built in 1984 with the Academy P-40M.
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