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  1. Curtiss P-40B Warhawk (A01003B) 1:72 Airfix The Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2, known in US Army Air Corps service as the P-40B Warhawk and in RAF service as the Tomahawk Mk. IIA, was a single seat fighter based on the radial engined P-36 Hawk and first flown in 1938. The P-40 series went on to be amongst the most produced US fighters of the war, with more than 13,000 rolling off the production line. A popular aircraft with its pilots, the P-40 earned a reputation as a manoeuvrable yet tough aircraft. The Kit This was a new tool for
  2. Mikromir is to release a 1/48th Curtiss Robin kit - ref. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/3084263231651392 3D renders V.P.
  3. Here is the Aeroplast Mi-2 which is my last completion. I have to start out and say overall the kit is great but there are a couple odd things about it, namely that there are no real clues to any colors. The instructions are great with that exception. They have a very nice table with colors at the front of the instructions but no further references to this. The other falt I have is that there are no decals for the instruments and no raised detail on them if you chose to paint them. Given that the decals for the kit are great and you have a large number of options this one addition would h
  4. Here is another one of my lockdown builds, which now that I have taken pictures I realize I need to add the wires from the end of the wings to the antenna mast. No model is ever perfect so it is probably not the only mistake that I have made but at least it is something I can easily add after the fact. The kit itself was somewhat of a struggle as the resin wheels were of no use and did not fit and it was difficult to determine part locations. I used Testor 1110 enamel paint in the little square bottles for the blue as I could not find anything else that seemed closer to the color. This par
  5. Kit - Airfix Paint - All enamels & AML vinyl camouflage masks. Decals - Academy, Kits World 48058, Kit & spares. Extras - None Curtiss Warhawk 81A-2 Sq. Ldr. John Van Kuren Newkirk 2nd Pursuit Squadron (Panda Bears) American Volunteer Group Burma, early 1942 One of those subjects that I've wanted in the cabinet for so long. When Airfix brought this kit out -
  6. Old Heller model, well known to all of you. But nothing is thrown at me but everything is made. They said only aftermarket. Here's the picture.
  7. Hello All, I'm new here. I hope that this is a reasonable topic for this forum. I'm working on a 3d-printable model of a classic aeroengine--basically an (intermittently) working prototype from the early history of aircraft. This is the Curtiss No. 3, which famously powered Silver Dart, Cygnet II, and various other experimental craft created of the Aerial Experiment Association (AEA) that included Alexander Graham Bell, Glenn Curtiss, and others. The engine first ran on 23 October, 1908 and was used by the AEA through at least February 1909. It was later used in a small fishin
  8. The well known and loved by all Special Hobby's kit is well worth the manufacturer's brand. Special in every aspect: quality of the molds, fit, level of details, accuracy. And isn't our hobby (inter alia) a struggle against the efforts of producers, how to do something wrong, if it could be good. So everything is all right. If you are interested in details and have strong nerves, please look for the workshop thread. The construction process was marked by numerous problems, caused by myself. First the fuselage broke twice where it was connected to the engine cowling, then after asse
  9. LukGraph is to release in 2019 1/32nd - ref. 32-16 - Curtiss F6C-1 U.S. Navy Fighter - http://www.lukgraph.pl/?p=1182 - ref. 32-17 - Curtiss F6C-2/3 U.S. Navy Float - http://www.lukgraph.pl/?p=1185 - ref. 32-20 - Curtiss F6C-3 float - http://www.lukgraph.pl/?p=1219 - ref. 32-21 - Curtiss F6C-4 US Marine Corps - https://www.lukgraph.pl/?p=1333 Also sources: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2135392270108168 https://www.facebook.com/lukgraph/posts/2020420451374642 V.P.
  10. French H75C-1, has been restored to flying condition by The Fighter Collection at Duxford, United Kingdom. It is flown in French camouflage with markings on either side, for the same example (n°82) at two different periods in its career. Pics by Mark Mills Pics by Martin Lawrence
  11. Airfix Scale: 1/48 Type: Curtiss P-40B Extras used: Eduard exhausts and wheels, and Montex masks Paints and colours used: Vallejo model air Curtiss Brown, Green and Grey (AV71125, AV71294 and AV71296), Vallejo metal colours on exhaust, Vallejo Interior Green, various Tamiya where applicable, Flory Dark Dart, Flory Mug pigments, Aqua Gloss and Tamiya Matt Clear. Hi everyone, sorry it's been so long since I've last posted. I'm hoping to be back here a bit more regularly. Well, what can I say? What a kit! This is what Airfix can do when they put th
  12. LukGraph is to release in March 2019 a 1/32nd Curtiss P-1A resin kit - ref. 32-18 Sources: http://www.lukgraph.pl/?p=1189 https://www.facebook.com/lukgraph/posts/2020420664707954 V.P.
  13. I have discovered that group builds seem to be a good way for me to finish making models, so I decided to enter this group build with the following kit: The 1:72 Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk by Antares courtesy of my wallet and Mr EBay. First Impressions There is an excellent review & WIP thread for this kit here on Britmodeller by EricP from a few years ago, so I'm not going to repeat what he said in depth. My impression is that this is a basic kit, so there are fewer things to go wrong; by the same token, it's also a basic kit (with emphasis on
  14. ROCAF Hawk III/BF2C-1 (18009) 1:48 Freedom Model Kits During the interwar period, Curtiss developed a biplane fighter bomber, the Goshawk, which initially had fixed landing gear and spatted wheels, and underwent a number of improvements, although it never really reached a satisfactory level of maturity and was little used. The later Model 68 that became known as the Hawk III had a more powerful engine, improved .50cal armament, with retractable landing gear, and 138 were made, with just over a hundred purchased by the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF). It saw a
  15. Have just began work on the Curtiss Y1A-8, using 2 of the ancient Rareplanes vacform kits. So far, work has been easy enough, though I fear I may have sanded down too far in a few places. Seeing as the kit includes no interior, decals, or paint schemes, I was hoping perhaps somebody on the forums might know more than I've been able to find. So far, I think I'm going to try to finish the build as one of the Shrikes used in camo trials in the early 30s, with Olive, dark green, and purple upper surfaces, yellow wing bottoms, and blue and white wheel pants. For reference,
  16. I picked up the 1/72 Hasegawa Curtis SOC-3 Seagull on the cheap and although it was just supposed to be a test bed for spraying, I'd at least like to get the colours close! I also intend to get another at some point and do a higher quality build using the Starfighter resin interior, and in some ways this is advanced research for that. Should it be ANA 611 Interior Green: Hasegawa's instructions show Mr Color dark green, which I assume is C70 as they don't give the actual colour number that I can see! However, I've also found some sou
  17. Airfix is to release in September 2016 a 1/48th Curtiss P-40B Warhawk kit - ref. A05130 Sources: http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/curtiss-p-40b-1-48.html http://www.airfix.com/uk-en/news/workbench/p40b_and_b5n1_Meteor V.P.
  18. After Curtiss had won a contract for the P-36, the Army wanted to look into performance of the new Allison V-12 motor, equipped with a turbo-charger. Curtiss took the original Hawk 75 prototype, and fitted an Allison motor in place of the Twin Wasp radial in a lengthened nose. Prestone (glycol) radiators were fitted behind the motor, fed by air scoops, and the pilot's cockpit was therefore moved back to a position very near the tail. The turbo-charger was mounted under the engine. All this was done in a bit less than three months. The result was accepted by the Army as the XP-37 in
  19. This is a throttle quadrant I picked up from eBay last week - following research online, I am pretty certain it's from an SB2C Helldiver. Can anyone confirm or deny that? It's all seized up, but one of my friends owns an aircraft instrumentation restoration and refurbishment company, so I'll enlist his help in how to tackle it so that the levers are operable.
  20. Source: http://www.largescaleplanes.com/whatsnew/whatsnew.php V.P.
  21. I've just finished this one; I had the P-40 left over from the Dogfight Double set when I built a couple of Zeroes, so I thought I'd get it finished just for tidyness' sake as much as anything... I managed to get all the small parts off the sprues without breaking any, which I believe is a record for this particular kit which has some rather excessively large attachment points; I built it more or less OOB with the exception of the addition of Eduard Microfabric seatbelts, EZ-Line aerial wires and I drilled out the exhaust stacks and the cowling .50 guns. The interior was painted in Sovereig
  22. Pro-Resin (Olimp) is to release a Curtiss P-1 Hawk resin kit - ref. R48-003 Source: http://www.olimpmodels.com/catalog_2.html V.P.
  23. Curtiss P-40 Warhawk / Tomahawk / Kittyhawk. Even though shown in the markings for The Flying Tigers at Pensecola this P-40B was an RAF Machine which was then supplied to the Russians. Pics thanks to Bootneck Mike.
  24. RetroWings (https://retrokitonline.net) is to release a 1/72nd Curtiss P40E/VK-105 Kittyhawk VVS - ref.PRS7201 AZ model kit with extra resin parts to create a Russian P40 with Klimov Engine. Sources: https://retrokitonline.net/product/curtiss-p-40e-with-klimov-engine-single-seater/ http://www.aviationmegastore.com/curtiss-p40evk-105-vvs-prs7201-retrowings-prs7201-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=135066 V.P.
  25. Retrowings (https://retrokitonline.net) is to release a 1/72nd Curtiss P40E/VK-105 two-seater Kittyhawk VVS kit - ref.PRS7202 AZ kit with extra resin parts to create a Russian twin-seater P-40 with Klimov Engine Sources: https://retrokitonline.net/product/curtiss-p-40e-with-klimov-engine-twin-seater/ http://www.aviationmegastore.com/curtiss-p40evk-105-two-seater-vvs-prs7202-retrowings-prs7202-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=135067 http://modelweb.modelforum.cz/2016/02/08/172-curtiss-p-40evk-105-retrokit/ V.P.
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