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…
1 attached image. Click to enlarge.