Trumpeter 1/32 P-40B
The model was a contribution to Louis Gardner's and the small team of great friends' idea to build subjects relative to the so important "Day of Infamy" event.
The XP-40, evolved from the mid-1930s radial-engine Curtiss Model 75 Hawk, was the fastest U.S. Army fighter upon its first flight in 1938...
The “Tomahawk” (as was the P-40B/C RAF assigned name) served with the RAF in North Africa in 1941-1942: apart from low altitude performance...
In USAAF service, a total of 15 USAAF pursuit/fighter groups (FG), along with other pursuit/fighter squadrons and a few tactical reconnaissance (TR) units operated the P-40B, becoming the main USAAF fighter aircraft in the South West Pacific and Pacific Ocean theaters during 1941–42.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, most of the USAAF fighters were P-40Bs. While the majority of them were destroyed on the ground, the few P-40s that managed to get in the air shot down several Japanese aircraft.
Though not the best fighter plane of its era, the P-40B was a classic combat aircraft of World War II and among the most ubiquitous, being present when needed. And a very beautiful one, too!
Th Trumpeter kit is flawed with shallow cockpit and a few other inaccuracies, but is otherwise a very detailed kit and overall a pleasant build.
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Some in-progress pics are also attached below.