by Bob Aikens
Curtiss P-40F Warhawk
1/48 scale P-40F Warhawk is available online from
Here is Hobbycraft's
boxing of the 1/48 scale P-40F Warhawk.
The box art for the
packaging of this kit is particularly striking - it combines a hight
degree of realism with a forced perspective that seems just right in
depicting the whirling flux of an air combat over the Western desert.
The artist's name is obscured by graphics....and yes, I'm a sucker for
boxtop art- been that way since I was a kid. I always paid attention to
the names and styles... still do.
For anyone who is interested in doing this kit, Tony Hodun's article (in
Modeling Madness' review section) is a must. It was almost a godsend as
I set about trying to get this project in order.
If you proceed you will
discover that the kit is a re-box done with the AMT/ERTL tooling, of the
I determined at once
that this was not going to be a sow's ear-silk purse type of thing- it
had to be a stick-to-the-basics: get a good paint job and a neat finish
approach. And as in all of the recent HobbyCraft releases you will find
the decal sheet to be superb.
Construction, Painting and Markings
The model was built
literally straight from the box.. The only addition was Eduard seat
Dark Earth, RAF Middlestone and RAF Azure Blue, all lightened about 10%
with white were used in the overall painting;and sticking with my
simplicity code, I used low-tack painter's masking tape to do the
Mediterrean camo scheme.
The most trying part of
the whole project was getting the exhaust-area cowling inserts smoothed
in; they didn't look right just plopped in there, so after about five
fillings, sandings and re-primings they appeared suitable. Of course I
had removed any traces of the panel lines that had been there. Rather
than trying to rescribe, I penciled them back in after painting- a
compromise of an almost political nature!
As you can see from the photos I used the kit canopy and the model
appears to be crying out for thinner sliding section.
There are 4 decal
options- my choice was P-40F-5 41-143 499 (114-499) of Commandant
Konstantin Rozanoff of GC II/5 'Lafayette' of the Free French in
This was a pretty basic
effort in modeling but still fun to do, and thanks to Tony Hodun's fine
article I felt satisfied that it was fundamentally accurate.
At the same time I
learned much about the P-40F/L series. But still, it was that great
boxtop art that started it all!
Click the thumbnails below to view larger
|Modelling the P-40
Hawk 81, Tomahawk, Warhawk and Kittyhawk
Osprey Modelling 15
Author: Brett Green
US Price: $17.95
UK Price: £12.99
January 10, 2004
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768235
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