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  1. After vowing not to start another WIP after my recent Huey build I immediately went out and started........ a new WIP. Oh dear. Anyway here it is. I'm continuing my Aussie theme and building Academy's P-40N. After being terribly ham fisted and heavy handed with the Huey I'm going to try for a little more .....well....."restraint" this time around I'm underway so here's some photos.... Chocks away! This is the version I'm doing Sorry that photo was a bit hopeless IP came up well just with some black and then a white dry brush highlight. I'm going to "dab" a little gloss clear onto the dials for fun but I'm sure they'll never be visible when assembled! And this is the rest of the bits and pieces before starting main assembly Might pick a few highlights out before it get's buttoned up....again just for fun. Thanks for looking Here we go again! Cheers Bruce
  2. Thanks to the two-week extension to the GB, in a moment's insanity I thought I'd break out another of the Matchbox classics I bought in readiness. This time it's the P-40N Warhawk, another one that I built as a nipper. I remember back then being particularly pleased with how I sanded the bomb to better emulate the box-top painting without breaking the percussion detonator It's going to be entirely OOB, unlike my Buffalo which I'm trying to "improve", and hopefully I'll be able to use the original decals, too! I never liked the skull marking, so as a youngster built the RAF version; this one will be the same. So, box and sprue shots: I can't remember the sprue colours of my original kit, but I don't think it was this particularly gopping combination! And a start has been made The wing panels have been assembled: I removed the location pips as it allows the lower panels to sit more snugly. I've also fitted the seat and rear cockpit coaming to the port fuselage half, using the starboard half to ensure alignment, and fitted the "stick" to the seat: I *might* add some semblance of interior detail from strip and bits and bobs. I'll also cobble together an IP, and add a fillet behind the coaming. Debate is raging over wheels up or wheels down. As a youngster, all my 'planes were wheels up as they were suspended from my bedroom ceiling. I never used the stands. However, I'm going to put the Buffalo on its Matchbox stand, and I'm tempted to do the same thing here. Anyways, onward and upward, and thanks for looking in Cheers, Mark
  3. Hi All A return to modelling after several year hiatus, it will be great to get into one of my favourite aircraft, the P-40. I have selected the aircraft of John Lloyd Waddy, A29-607 BU-G which has been on my 'to do' list for many years. His aircraft was held on the strength of 80 Squadron RAAF from late September 1944 until 17th March 1945. To assist in this project I have a few accessories which I have listed below, including the Red Roo decals for this aircraft. I may add some further bits, including resin wheels. This is the first WIP thread I have done on this site, but I have previously posted on the WW2 Aircraft site, for those that may remember from there. My previous build was the Spitfire of Pat Hughes X4009 AZ-Q back in 2015. Time flys! Rusty as heck, I'll get on with it. Cheers Peter Name: Peter Kit: Hasegawa P-40N JT88 Scale: 1/48th Accessories: Ultracast Wide Blade Propeller 48244 Ultracast P-40N Seat with Harness 48169 Ultracast P-40E-N Flared Exhaust Eduard P-40N Warhawk Canopy Masks EX113 Red Roo Decals RRD4810 "Waddy's Kitties"
  4. Hello all Here are some photographs of my Special Hobby P-40N. My original idea was to build the famous "Lulu Belle II" of Burma Banshees fame but I later decided to build "Mary Lou" instead. I can't hide it, pin up nose art attraction! "Mary Lou" was Lt David Winternitz mount, an 8th FS/49thFG aircraft flying from New Guinea in 1944 (decals are Exito decals). The big "Lulu Belle" skull will be for a future P-40 built. Below are some building details. Build was nearly from the box as kit is complete and very well detailed. Furthermore shapes look right to me. I had build both a Hasegawa and Academy P-40Ns before and their chin air intakes have something that look wrong to me. Cockpit need just a few details like throttles or a few levers. Seat is bit thick and though well shaped it was replaced with a resin part. Same with wheels, CMK wheels are a real plus. I would have preferred thinner panel lines - a common observation on SH models). Subtle painting can hide most of them. Worst shortcoming of the SH P-40 models actually is the fact that there are no walls to seperate the 3 different inlets. The huge P-40 front air intake actually are 3 different inlets for different equipments. I had to build these walls from very thin plastic card. Rest of the build was quite straightforward. Regards Eric B.
  5. My latest build is a 1/72 Academy P-40N built as "Miss Frances III" 10AF 80FG 89FS based out of Nagaghuli, Assam, India - The Burma Banshees. Despite it's performance limitations the P-40N held its own in Africa and Asia. I have always liked the skull head nose art of the Burma Banshees. My previous Hasegawa build fell and broke and I decided to build the Academy kit this time around and hope to make a few more of these. Having now built the Hasegawa P-40N and the Special Hobby P-40F (which was surprisingly lacking), I found the Academy kit far better to build. I am not sure dimensionally which is more accurate but the Academy wins in my book for how well the parts went together. The instructions funnily leave out a part which is on the sprue but I did add it. The carpet monster got the pitot tube and till I can find it a metal pin will hold the fort. Paints are all Tamiya (Olive Drab and Neutral Grey) though I have started getting more partial to Vallejo Air. I gave it a Tamiya wash before sealing with dull coat. The decals have been cobbled together from three different sheets but the differences are too subtle to make out - at least for me. Thank you for stopping by. Comments are always welcome and makes one get better at the hobby Thank you for looking!
  6. Hello everyone... this is the first of my builds. It will be a P-40N from the classic Hasegawa 1/72 kit. Kit decals wont be used here but saved for a future build. Funny thing is the second P-40 I’m building has Dickie Cresswell’s Markings, two issues with that route. One Ive already done Cresswell’s kite, and two it is an incomplete set. The markings will be off of this sheet, I’m just not sure which one I will go with yet, though I’m partial to either “Hep Cat” with the Red,White,& Blue spinner, or with P/Ofc. Bob Barkla’s Disney noseart bird. Please feel free to ask questions, post comments or add thoughts. Dennis
  7. Hi folks, In-between boredom-induced e-bay buying, I have been working on some 1 72 single-engine fighters which I have just (about) finished. Here they are together; a Special Hobby Boomerang, the old Hasegawa P-40N, and the Hobbyboss Spit Mk Vb (trop): Boomerang: This caused me some problems. Cockpit framing was so delicate it distorted and snapped while being snipped from the sprues - it was lovingly patched with stretched sprue and mended with sprue soup; cockpit was ludicrously detailed and somewhat difficult to assemble given you can't see anything through the closed canopy provided in the kit, but the fuselage structure between the rear view side panels was not represented. That's right; see-through. That was solved by adding a couple of sections of Airfix Hampden bomb door. Canopy didn't fit well and there is a non-prototypical change of slope of the rear decking because of this. Apart from that, the kit built up well and the colour scheme (RLM70 Schwartzgrun masquerading as RAAF foliage green) was simplicity itself. I tried to enliven the monotone with oil dotting and a red-brown panel line wash. Don't know if it worked. Hobbyboss Spitfire Vb For some reason, I chose to Dremel out the cockpit and add one from another Spit. A lot of work for limited benefit. Canopy, prop, tropical filter, wheels and u/c doors came from the spares box. I believe the canopy should have external windscreen armour, but as the example modelled was from 1944 and I didn't have one to hand, I choose to believe it was retrofitted with one an hour after it was last photographed. 580 canopy glue took care of the inevitable gaps. Xtracrylix paint applied by brush and Xtradecals finished it off. Hasegawa P-40N. An oldie and a goody is this kit. Basic cockpit tarted up with only some masking tape seat belts, drilled out the top of the featureless main wheel well roofs and added some new ones from thin card, enlivened with strip reinforcements. I filled some sink marks over the flaps and then had to rescribe the entire upper wings. The wing fuse join cuts across the flap sections and getting rid of the join took a lot of filling and sanding. Just about managed it in the end. Still need to add the u/c doors. Paint was again brush-applied xtracrylix with a home mixed brew for the underside sky gray colour. Hope you like 'em. I'm now in the mood for some heavier metal . . . Regards Martin
  8. Being first in I claim this STGB in the name of the Colonies! I have been waiting a while for this one to come, a chance to reduce the stash by a miniscule (it’s about to be re-filled) and a chance to add another RAAF beast to the collection and finally to build something I haven’t built before. So enter Eduard’s (Hasegawa) Limited Edition 1/32nd Warhawk P-40N……in a ridiculously huge box!!! There’s no photo’s of that as it was the first thing to go! Now in a smaller box with all the non-required parts removed, takes up way less space. I must say it does look to be beautifully moulded with nice fine details……. ……being a Eduard re-box it comes with some nice basic goodies…… ……plus a ridiculously huge decal sheet as well! Why not just do it in two sheets I don't know, it'd make storing them safely so much easier….. …… and finally being a Limited Edition release it comes with these “extras”, a poster of the cover picture along with an embossed metal plate with raised detail in all the right places!!! Is that it…..nup, it wouldn’t be a trickyrich build without some extras ………. ….Eduard’s love new Zoom series IP and Master Model Gun Barrel & Detail set. Finally the scheme, for me it couldn’t be anything else than a RAAF P-40, we used around 840 of them and they were an incredibly important aircraft for us during the war and played a critical role in some battles. So I’ll be using a lovely set of Ventura Decals for a RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk Mk.VI. The actual aircraft is “Watch my form”, a 79 Squadron P-40N-15 A-29-572 off Noemfoor Island (a tiny island just of West Papua) around late 1944. Here is an extract from the ADF Serials website for this particular aircraft; (this is from the decal sheet......... hmmm I wonder what the "Pink Highlights" are they're talking about!! ) served with 80 Sqn and 78 Sqn; on 10/2/44 received by 80 Sqn from 15 ARDRP; on 13/6/44 received by 78 Sqn from 22 RSU where it had gone for an engine change from 80 Sqn; on 19/8/44 while dodging ack-ack fire over the target the starboard wing struck a tree with P/O Richard Roy Cowley (405834) flying it home without further incident; on 13/9/44 received back at 78 Sqn from 22 RSU; on 8/1/45 it crashed while W/O Geoffrey James Bellamy (432737)was taking off at Wama strip Morotai when it blew out the port tyre and at the time was coded HU-P and had inherited the nose art of "Watch My Form"; on 15/1/45 approval was given to convert to components. I’m looking forward to this one, it should be a nice simple straightforward build for me for a change. One final interesting fact, Flt. Lieutenant Clive Caldwell (formally Group Captain) RAAF was the highest scoring P-40 pilot form any air force, 22 victories, he finished the war on 28.5.
  9. Hi all, I will be building the 1/72 Academy P-40 for this GB. It will be done as a dutch one from 120 Sqn, which was part of the RAAF durng the war. The markings will be sourced from a Flevo Decal sheet, and I might paint some of them, due the to rather heavily weatherd look of the real ones. I'm not 100% sure yet which one I will do, but the one leading the flight on the photo below is a good candidate. It looks like it got some new engine panels at some point, or they were repainted, as the appear darker, and the serial just in front of the cockpit is also missing. I made a start on it this weekend, with some interior green (MRP) and aluminium paint. It looks like a nice and simple kit with decent fit. I also painted the bit behind the seat in the interior green colour, but I've read that this was actually the same colour as the fuselage, so olive drab? Thanks for looking, Pete
  10. This was a shelf of doom rescue. I can't remember how long ago it was started, but it must have been when my mind was elsewhere--there were a number of self inflicted problems that could have been avoided had more care been taken during construction. Some minor surgery and generous slatherings of putty fixed the worst of them. In the end, it felt very good to get this finished. I hate to give up on a kit. There's a build video on my YouTube channel should you be interested.
  11. Hello friends, here are a few planes from the Pacific Warfare. The biggest objections on this model are decals, but it is up to the manufacturer. I did not want to, and I could not buy them anymore. I am generally pleased that the model has fallen out. Here's the picture, enjoy it.
  12. 1/72 Hobbyboss P-40N Warhawk by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/72 Hobbyboss P-40N Warhawk by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr 1/72 Hobbyboss P-40N Warhawk by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr Hobbyboss quickbuild, brush painted (twice, after over enthusiastic thinning ruined the first coat), Eduard belts, replacement Airfix wheels and struts courtesy of Anil's Part & Supply Inc.* after I lost the originals. * Massive thanks to @azureglo for the kindness that prevented this being on a one way trip to the bin, and thanks to @Cookenbacher for coining the name for Anil's new enterprise!
  13. P-40N Warhawk 1:72 Special Hobby The Curtiss P-40N Warhawk was a single seat fighter that could trace its roots back to the radial engined P-36 Hawk first flown in 1938. It ranked amongst the most widely 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 P-40N was the last major production variant. The fuselage behind the cockpit was stretched to counter the torque of the more powerful engine. In an effort to reduce weight, the number of .50 cal machine guns was reduced from six to four, but was later increased to six following feedback from pilots. In Commonwealth service it was known as the Kittyhawk Mk.IV This is an all-new kit from Special Hobby, unrelated to the P-40F released in 2008. Inside the top-opening box are three sprues of grey plastic, a small clear sprue and a sheet of decals (plus a small extra 'addendum' sheet. Gone is the fret of photo etch parts, indicating Special Hobby's continued progress towards the mainstream. The parts are all well detailed and crisply moulded, although the panel lines are a little heavy here and there, particularly on the fuselage sides and lower wing surface. Altogether there are over 70 parts. Cockpit detail is very good indeed. The cockpit sidewalls are moulded separately to the fuselage and feature crisp, clear details. The pilot's seat, armour and bulkhead are all moulded separately, as is the instrument panel and control column. The floor of the cockpit is moulded in place on the part that joins the upper wing halves, but this does not particularly compromise detail, particularly in this scale. Aside from the cockpit, the only other item that has to be assembled before the fuselage halves can be joined is the radiator, which is made up from three different parts. The lower wing, just like the upper wing, is moulded in one piece. The main landing gear bays are made up of a plastic square part which sandwiches between the wing halves to give convincing depth and detail. Two different main gear wheels are provided, so make sure you select the correct version for the particular aircraft you wish to build. The tail wheel is moulded in one piece. Once the wing has been joined to the fuselage, you can add the remaining control surfaces. The horizontal tail planes are solid parts, while the rudder is moulded separately to the vertical tail. The engine exhaust pipes are moulded separately to the fuselage and can be added from the outside of the fuselage, which is a major plus when it comes to the painting stage. Two sets of cooling gills are provided; one open and one closed. The propellor is moulded with all three blades as one part which, once painted, can be sandwiches between the front and rear parts of the spinner. A choice of two different drop tanks are provided, along with a bomb for the centerline pylon. The transparent parts are beautifully thin and clear and the sliding part of the canopy is moulded separately to the windscreen. Two different parts are provided depending on whether you wish to finish the canopy in the open or closed positions. The decal sheet provides for three options: ⦁ Curtis P-40N-5, 49th Fighter Group, 7th Fighter Squadron, Gusap, New Guinea, 1944. This aircraft is finished in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey with a white tail; ⦁ Curtis P-40N-5 "Butter Bean II", 80th Fighter Group, 89th Fighter Squadron, Nagaghuli, Assam, India, 1944. This aircraft is finished in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey; ⦁ Curtis P-40N "Snafu", No. 120 Squadron, ML/KNIL/RNEIAAF, 72nd Air Defence Wing, RAAF, Mokmer Biak, New Guinea, 1945. This aircraft is finished in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey; and ⦁ Curtis P-40N "Snafu", No. 120 Squadron, ML/KNIL/RNEIAAF, 2VB Andir, Dutch East Indies, 1947. This aircraft is finished in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey. The decals themselves are nicely printed and look glossy and opaque. Conclusion Airfix have already provided us with a nice early Warhawk, so it's good to see Special Hobby cover the later Warhawk with this new kit. It is both more detailed and more complex when compared to the Airfix kit, and is all the better for it. It should build up into a pleasing model, particularly if you acquire some of the not-inconsiderable resin sets that CMK have released alongside the kit. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  14. Hello everyone ... Well im calling it done. Geronimo is all finished and presented to you. A link to the WIP log. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235034795-“geronimo”/ I hope Geronimo meets with your approval. Please feel free to comment. Dennis
  15. Hi peeps, here are my first two completions for 2016; Airfix's B5N2 "Kate" and the Academy P-40N, both 1/72. The Kate is strictly Out-Of-the-Box, down to the colour recommendations Airfix cited with Nick Millman's help. The only aftermarket used was Peewit canopy masks: The P-40 has been the subject of a few extras, however. The exhausts, spinner and prop blades have been replaced with Quickboost items and I managed to graft (after some fun and games!!) the Squadron vacform canopy intended for the Hasegawa P-40N on to it. This was also my first go at masking a canopy the tedious ( ) way for the aft and sliding sections. The windshield was done using an Eduard mask intended for the Hasegawa P-40E altered P-40N pattern. I have to give thanks to Occa, LDSModeller, Nick Millman, Pete Mossong and everyone else for the help they gave when I made my initial POST relating to NZ3254 back in February: Thanks guys! Comments welcome! Mike.
  16. P-40N Kittyhawks 75 Sqn RAAF 1/72 & 1/48 Red Roo Models This sheet from Red Roo enable three different aircraft from 75 Sqn RAAF to be built. Conclusion This is a great sheet for The P-40N in late war RAAF colours. Recommended. 1/48 1/72 Review sample courtesy of
  17. With my build already being quite advanced, I'm too late to join in the GB 'for real', but I thought I would contribute a WiP thread (with permission) anyway. Here is "Squirlbate", a P-40N flown by Captain Richard J. Vodra of the8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group during the New Guinea campaign. Captain Vodra was credited with two victories during the campaign and later went on to become successful writer and inventor. The name of his mount and the spelling thereof apparently represent his fondness for wordplay, whilst the chequered tail represents a riposte to an enemy pilot, also flying a chequered 'plane who had previously badly shot him up. The kit is the venerable old 1/72 Hasegawa offering, and the decals are by Aeromaster courtesy of Paul J. I was drawn to it by the interesting colour scheme, which Aeromaster and at least one other source posit as dark green, middle stone and azure blue. Build is out of the box, paints are Humbrol acrylics. I started off painting the cockpit and innards Humbrol 226 Interior Green and putting together the fuselage halves and cockpit assembly (above). I then moved on to the wings, which needed a little clamping:
  18. Just finished is my 1/72 P-40N ex. Hasegawa, built OOB except for seat belts and the antenna wire. As many know, this is quite an old kit, but I think it built up quite well. I especially enjoyed using my Grex TG on the paint job. Enjoy! - Adam
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