AMT 1/48 P-40F [long tail]
This is my commission build for a friend of Lt. Richard W. Lander's family who flew this aircraft while assigned to the 315th FS, 324th FG, in North Africa, 1943. As most P-40 builders know this kit needs a few modifications to represent a true P-40F. The most obvious is the air/carburetor intake which AMT got totally wrong but with a little sanding, some aluminum tubing, and wire a correct intake came be reproduced. The other mistake is he flew a long tail P-40F and not the short tail version. So you cut off the tail then add your spare AMT P-40K tail and presto chango you have the additional 13 inches needed for the long tail version. Based on photo's provided the decal placement is also incorrect, the 4's were placed together and not separated as shown on the instructions.
I added an Ultracast seat,wheels and exhause stacks,as well as some spare IP decals. The gun sight was from the spares box and I added some break lines using jewelry wire. Paints were a combination of Modeal Master and Tamiya, and a PittPen was used to highlight the panel lines. I also used the kit decals which were fine, nylon thread for the antenna wire. All in all a fun build.
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