Curtiss P-40E Warhawk 1/32 scale, Hasegawa Kit JT29

Started by Matt Dyer · 14 ≡ · ↻ 1 week ago
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    Matt Dyer said 2 weeks, 5 days ago:

    Every since I read God Is My Copilot by Col. Robert L. Scott when I was in elementary school, the P-40 has always been near the top of my list as my favorite WWII aircraft. The Hasegawa P-40E Warhawk in 1/32nd scale has been in my stash for five or so years. I decided it was high time to put it in the workbench and see what I can do with the kit.

    The goal is to model Col. Scott’s P-40E, which he called “Old Exterminator”, although that name was never painted on the aircraft.

    I have gathered a few items from the aftermarket: the CMK resin seat with belts (Q32123), the Quickboost P-40E resin exhausts QB32159), and Eduard canopy masks (JX080) - all three of which are for the Hasegawa kit. Right now it looks like the decals will be from Superscale International P-40E Warhawks (MS320247) along with the kit decals.

    Finally, I purchased the Eduard Look Instrument Panel (#634013). I am of two minds about these. They look terrific, but they are “drop in”. At least I would have had to paint the kit part and thus added something. The fact is the Look panel looks terrific and will add something to the cockpit, so what the heck. I am not trying to say I made it.

    Recently, I found a hardcover of Col. Scott’s book. Scott had quite a career and war record in the China-Burma-India Theater. It is an exciting story, but I am sure nothing was lost in the telling. He was a real character, an accomplished combat leader, and one of the real heroes of WWII.

    Anyway, the sprues have been examined, the workbench prepared, and I spent the better part of this weekend on the cockpit. Where else? See photo below.

    So far, the detail is fine, the instructions are clear, and all looks good. What can possibly go wrong? Please stay tuned…

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    John vd Biggelaar said 2 weeks, 5 days ago:

    Perfect entry, Matt @matthewfdyer
    The start looks very promissing, a great looking interior already.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 2 weeks, 5 days ago:

    Amazing entry and superb progress so far, my friend @matthewfdyer!
    Looking forward to it!

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    Matt Dyer said 2 weeks, 1 day ago:

    Thank you, Spiros @fiveten and John @johnb. I have been professionally very busy the last few days , but our long Memorial Day holiday is coming up this weekend, and I expect to make more progress. The rear of the instrument panel is visible through the windshield, so I am going to "wire" the instruments and then button up the fuselage. This is really a fun kit.

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    Tom Cleaver said 2 weeks, 1 day ago:

    I had the privilege of meeting General Scott at the 1984 AFAA Convention. About halfway through his very nice compliments about the article I had written about Chuck Yeager for "Retired Officer" magazine, I realized who "Bob Scott" (his nametag) was. Getting that compliment from the guy who wrote the books he did was one I still treasure.

    Take care in fitting the insert parts and you will make assembly much easier. Attach the tail pieces to each fuselage forward half before further assembly so you can work the fit from inside and outside and get it right so you don't have to use a lot of filler on that seam. Ditto on the rear cocpit window pieces - put the interior in first, paint it, then attach the outer clear part, so you can get the fit just right, since again you will need filler along the seam.

    Taking care in assembly, you'll get a nice result.

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    George R Blair Jr said 2 weeks, 1 day ago:

    The cockpit looks like a great start, Matt (@matthewfdyer). It is hard to beat a P-40, especially in 1/32. Looking forward to the rest of the build.

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    Matt Dyer said 2 weeks ago:

    Thank you, Tom (@tcinla). I am already running into some fit challenges, but nothing serious. I tend to assume that such problems are due to my work and that I need to spend more time fitting things. It is a really nice kit, and I like Hasegawa kits generally. There is something about 1/32 scale models. There is so much more detail possible and frankly as I get older, the parts are easier to see!

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    Matt Dyer said 2 weeks ago:

    Thank you, George (@gblair). That is meaningful praise form someone who really knows what a cockpit should look like! I am hoping to make some serious progress over this long weekend.

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    Matt Dyer said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    The kit instrument panel was molded with some detail on the reverse side showing the rear portion of some instruments. The Eduard panel is blank. I taped the fuselage halves together and mounted the front windscreen which is molded with the part of the upper front fuselage (very welcome and I wish it was done with more aircraft models). You can see the rear of the instrument panel.

    Fortunately, I have “P-40 Warhawk In Detail” by Bert Kinsey (1999 by Detail & Scale, Inc.) in my modeling library. There is a photo on page 40 clearly showing that the rear of the instrument panel is visible through the windshield.

    So, I cut the rear of the panel from the Hasegawa part, drilled appropriate holes for “cables”, glued the assembly to the instrument panel rear face of the Eduard part. The cables are .025” lead wire, which is the smallest size I had on hand. Perhaps .015” would have been better, but I did not have any of that.

    It appears that the wiring was mostly black, which would mean it would not show very well, so I used some artistic license and painted the wiring medium grey.

    This job completed, I can move on to assembling the fuselage. I have already seen that the intake parts for the coolers and the cockpit will present some challenges in closing up the fuselage, but onward and upward.

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    Tom Cleaver said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    That's really excellent work on the cockpit, Matt. Yes, 1/32 gives a lot of room for additional detail - also a lot of room to make mistakes really obvious (ask me how I know). You're on the way to a great result.

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    Spiros Pendedekas said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Great job on the cockpit, my friend @matthewfdyer!

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    John vd Biggelaar said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    The attached cables look perfect, Matt @matthewfdyer

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    George R Blair Jr said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    Interior looks really nice, Matt (@matthewfdyer). I never noticed that the instrument panel was positioned far enough forward to see the back of the panel. I learn something new every day. I have also reached an age where larger pieces are appreciated.

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    Carl Smoot said 1 week, 5 days ago:

    Nice work on the P-40 Matt. I also have the P-40 near the top of my favorites list. Although I normally do 1/48 scale, I have built Revell's P-40E in 1/32 many many moons ago. Not near as nice as the Hasegawa kit, but to a young man, it was the coolest ever. Looking forward to seeing more work.