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Curtiss P-40 in early USAAC livery


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Hello,

 

I'm currently finishing the Airfix 1/72 P-40B in this very early natural metal livery:

 

http://warbirdsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/Xp_40.jpg

 

Not finding anymore images I'm wondering about the correct markings: I see one small 'MD11' above the underwing 'ARMY' and I guess this should be under both wings, right?

Going with the markings I saw on P-36s I think there should be also a bigger 'MD11' above the left wing.

Any suggestion is welcome, thank you!

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Hi Whirly,

 

That's the XP-40 in its final configuration.  The first three production P-40s were delivered in aluminum finish, but all subsequent P-40s, P-40Bs, and P-40Cs were delivered in camouflage.

 

As to the markings, that's the #11 aircraft assigned to the Materiel Division at Wright Field.  (There might be a blue/yellow WRIGHT arrowhead marking on the aft fuselage.  If so it's blocked from view by the wing - but it was there earlier in the year when the aircraft carried a simple "10" on the vertical tail.)

 

The designator appears above and below the left wing only.

 

Enjoy the build - early aluminum P-40s always looked so futuristic!  Gotta love 'em...

 

Cheers,

 

 

Dana

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Hi Dana,

 

thanks for all those details: I was mislead thinking of an early production P-40 because Detail & Scale 61 gives that identification. Now I understand why it has a one-off bulged tail wheel fairing!

I'll see what I can do for the arrowhead marking, It would give additional character to colour scheme I really love.

Just one more question, if I may: what would be the radio aerial installed? Two wires from fin to wingtip as in the P-36?

 

Cheers

Fabio

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Hi Fabio,

 

Indeed - the aerial wires run from each wingtip to the fin.  One of the wires should have an additional lead to the fuselage, but I don't see it in any of the photos.

 

Cheers,

 

 

Dana

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