Monogram 1/48 P-40B Warhawk
Conceived as a pursuit aircraft, the P-40B was agile at low and medium altitudes but suffered from a lack of power at higher altitudes.
The First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Republic of China Air Force, nicknamed “The Flying Tigers”, was formed to help oppose the Japanese invasion of China. Operating in 1941–1942 and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault, it was composed of pilots from the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC).
The Flying Tigers began to arrive in China in April 1941, with the group seeing combat on 20 December 1941, 12 days after the Pearl Harbor Attack. Chennault received crated Model P-40Bs which his airmen assembled in Burma at the end of 1941, adding self-sealing fuel tanks and a second pair of wing guns, such that the aircraft became a hybrid of B and C models.
Compared to opposing Japanese fighters, the P-40B's strengths were that it was sturdy, well armed, faster in a dive and possessed an excellent rate of roll.
Able to tolerate harsh environmental conditions and with its semi-modular design deeming it easy to maintain in the field, the plane’s most critical problem was the lack of spare parts, the only source being from damaged aircraft.
The AVG was highly successful, and its feats were widely publicized by an active cadre of international journalists to boost sagging public morale at home. According to its official records, in just 6+1⁄2 months, the Flying Tigers destroyed 297 enemy aircraft for the loss of "just" fourteen pilots in air-to-air combat.
This is the venerable Monogram quarter scale P-40B, an oldie by all means, but a kit that, due to its VERY correct general shape, constantly motivates you to walk the extra mile, somehow improve it and come up with a passable result. The kit was entered to our friend's @lis wonderful "Pearl Harbor" GB.
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