P-40M and P-40N, Italeri, AMT/Ertl
Greetings, fellow modelers.
I added to my P-40 collection in order to include a Nationalist Chinese P-40N and an Australian P-40M; a salute to America's Pacific and Asian allies. Both planes are identical in the box, despite the different brand names, with the exception that the Italeri box comes with clear parts to build either a M or N variant of the plane (kudos to them for having that choice). The AMT/Ertl kit only comes with clear parts for the N.
I bought the M variant in started condition (2nd Pic) , and the seller had not cut the fuselage to accommodate the N clear parts, so he sold it online (I believe). Since I had the M clear pieces extra (thanks to Italeri), it was a win/win.
The Chinese P-40N represents aircraft White 663 flown by Lt Wang Kuang Fu in the 3rd FG, Chinese American Composite Wing, in the 14th Air Force. Many of the 14th AF P-40s had a RDF loop antenna installed as a field mod, and I had a part that looked like one in my spares box. Lt Wang was an ace but did not have kill markings on his plane. Decals were by Techmod (48054).
The Australian P-40M represents serial A-29-305, MP K, an 86 Squadron plane flown by Flt Lt Bob Whittle and had 2 kill markings. It was stationed at Merauke, New Guinea in early 1944. Decals were from various spare decal sheets, and it currently lacks the "305" portion of the serial. Time to search for that on-line, but I wanted to post the two planes like a "Dual Combo" kit.