This little kit fitted together extremely well. only places I had to use some sprue goo was around the landing gear fairings near the wing leading edges, to further blend the upper nose scoop bulge and where the aft part of the wing transits over into the aft fuselage. Nothing some good sanding couldn't take care of.
I had a Loon Models spinner and seats set for this kit, but decided to only use the seat as the spinner was riddled with tiny air bubbles. Instead I used a Hobby Boss easy assembly kit's spinner. Those Hobby Boss kits are really finely engraved for the simple kits they are!
I decided to paint the portion behind the rear windows 'fresh' olive drab and glue the clear panels in before final painting. In retrospect I could have just left them off and attach them after painting. Small lesson learned...
Modeling lesson 2: Whenever concentrating on putting on window masks (or doing anything for that matter) watch where you put your elbow! Preferably NOT on the sheet with masks... Luckily the Eduard sheet comes with masks for both the P-40E/M and totally different P-40N.
As can be seen in the cover picture and the instructions, when the US transferred these aircraft to the 'non-US' AVG the American national insignia were painted over. This shows as freshly painted OD circles over the quickly faded OD the planes were originally delivered in.
The ones on the fuselage needed a bit more attention. the left side has a first aid compartment and the fuselage sides are curved. I used the sticky part of a Post-it to cut the circles from and attached them symmetrically.
After the primer coat, but before coming in with different OD shades, I sprayed the wings and nose polished aluminum and covered it with hair spray. When dry I started chipping away the OD on the wing walk areas and ammunition covers.
Once the main markings were on, it was time for stencils... Being a factory delivered aircraft and only having some portions painted over meant that a vast array of stencils would still be present. Only at some locations did the Academy panel lines or details not line up with the Special Hobby kit or instructions. Not bad at all!
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk US Army Air Forces (1941-1947) 75 FS Flying Tigers, 23 FG 106(John Petach) | Hengyang July 1942 | Olive Drab, Neutral grey
4 | 28. August, 05:00
Erik Leijdens Looking mighty fine Patrick . Always nice too see a good sharkmouth
28. August, 05:33
Patrick Hagelstein Dank je wel Erik! I have a couple of future P-40 builds (Special Hobby ones) planned for later and wanted to veer away from the obligatory shark mouths........ But...... I could not not build one, so I used some spare Special Hobby decals on this one. I have to admit, it felt relieving to put those on to that big grinning intake.