Pearl Harbor GB: Curtiss P-40B Warhawk – Airfix 1/48
A happy New Year to all my fellow modelers!
This evening (almost midnight), I'd like to share with you my most recent build (and last of 2021 by a hair), which is of course the Airfix P-40B. This kit needs nothing said of it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the build, which I started on the day after Christmas. The kit is essentially out-of-the-box, with the exception of Eduard belts, and decals for the 14th Pursuit Squadron bird (for something just a little different), which was also stationed at Wheeler Field in Hawaii in 1941, along with the 15th PS birds so seldom done. Unofficially, this build was part of the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Group Build.
The kit went together with out hitch, though some fitment was a bit testy, and some putty was used at most seems (diluted PPP). For paint, I used Vallejo Nuetral Gray, and MMP paints for the first time, mixing a bit of OD and RAF Dark Green for a fresher shade. The MMP paints are about as fragile as Vallejo, but they seemed to lay down more smoothly, with perhaps more even pigmentation saturation. No preshading was done, but some post shading was done with thinned OD. Final coat was a diluted Matte coat over Tamiya X-35.
This one will be brief, as other commitments need attention. I hope you enjoy, and I apologize for the photos if they appear grainy. They were extremely under-exposed, so some integrity was lost with bringing back the correct exposure and colors. I assure you, they are very close to the in-person shades.