Airfix P-40B Warhawk 1/48
Based this build on the P-40 currently on display at the USAF museum located in Ohio, United States.
I had built this plane when I was a kid, so there was a bit of nostalgia when choosing to go with it as my first USAAF build since returning to the hobby.
This was my first experience using photo etched parts, in addition to aftermarket resin detail kits. The engine was designed to fit in the Hasegawa P-40, which required a bit of ingenuity to make work.
A new technique I attempted was applying gloss varnish before and after decal application. It worked in theory, but my second coat of gloss did not adhere properly and I had to remove it all with a q-tip. It started to come off during the weathering phase while apply oil wash, the varnish was water based Vallejo.
Overall I had a great experience with the build, and would recommend it to others. The next step will be to make a small diorama for it to sit on.
2 additional images. Click to enlarge.