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Airfix P-40B Warhawk 1/48

Based this build on the 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.

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7 responses

  1. An excellent build, Green Terrorz!
    Great job on the displayed engine and amazing weathering!

  2. It’s always good to see an Airfix built as well as this one.

  3. Excellent work, @greenterrorz
    Those Airfix kits get together real nice and you did a nice addition with that engine.
    Well done.

  4. Very nice P-40! May I suggest you try acrylic varnish you find in your local supermarket?
    I use one local made, kinda like Pledge stuff, and dilute it with Isopropyl Alchool, sprays great, dries fast and never had any problems with oils washes over it

  5. Great to see another Amazing Airfix P-40, looks amazing Green.
    Sorry to hear about your varnish experience but from the looks of the finished kit things turned out great.

  6. You could show this in a museum, great job!

  7. That's a good-looking Warhawk!

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