scale models

Curtiss P-40N-5-CU Warhawk

49 Fighter Group, USAAF, Philipines, October 1944

After reading some articles about the P-40, I got the idea of building one myself. The P-40B kit from Airfix looked very interesting but it was unavailable at the time. However, I was able to find this kit from Hobby 2000, that is actually a re-boxing of the Hasegawa kit.

Building it was a pretty straightforward process, as it was done almost out-of-the-box. The only extra components I used was a set of PE seatbelts from Eduard, elastic rigging for the antenna wire from Uschi van der Rosten and home-made (0.2mm solder wire) hydraulic lines on the main undercarriage legs.

The fit was good, requiring only small amounts of putty around the wingroots. The paint scheme I chose was Bare-Metal-Finish and I used a couple of different shades of AK Real Metal (Aluminum and Dark Aluminum).

The work in progress

The finished model

Products Used

Hobby 2000 Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Aces of the 49th Fighter Group1/4848001
Eduard P-40N seatbelts STEEL1/48FE1235
Uschi van der Rosten UvdR-3 “Rig that thing” Elastic Rigging – Finen/a4006