Smer 1/72 P-40k
This is SMER’s P-40K, I started this build while still working on my first build last year (Revell P-40E) hoping to have a quick build but that did not happen. This kit fought me a bit but this was probably more me than the kit. The wing to body did not line up, I had to build up the inner upper wings and sand down the rear wing roots (wing to body fairings) to have it look matched. I was not able to use the kit’s main canopy because mine will not fit so I had to cut it and only use the front section (windshield). I took the sliding canopy from the Academy P-40E and displayed it open. This kit came with nice decals, very thin but they did not rip on me, plus the colors are solid. I chose markings from the 64th FS, 57th FG, 9th Airforce. And last I used the old Revell P-40E propeller, I did not like what came with the kit, blades were too thin looking. When done I was okay with this kit, my very first K and I included two shots comparing my Smer P-40K to my Revell P-40E. I’ve read somewhere that this P-40K is the Revell kit updated but it is not, it really matches more to Heller’s P-40E, just my 2 cents. My next P-40K build I will probably give the Sword kit a try.
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