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1  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 316th FS/324th FG P-40F started on: October 19, 2018, 10:59:16 PM
Great start!
2  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: October 17, 2018, 03:59:29 AM
Hello my friends!

Work has been progressing, slowly but surely.

I must say that being at the bench is where I like to be, to relieve stress.

Another weakness in the Mauve kit is the wheel wells...they are pathetic.

So I have tried to add some structure but decided to simulate the canvas liners with metal tape that you can get at the hardware store:

Here's one reason this project drags on, I'm a rivet maker (not a counter).  LOL

Actually, I got the rivet tools from UMM and just could not help myself!

3  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / GoPro video of "The Jackie C." on: August 14, 2018, 10:57:50 AM
4  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: July 18, 2018, 01:14:43 PM
Long time, no see!

Well my wife was on my butt to get the basement finished and boy was that a long drawn out process.

I will say it's nice to have a better basement and a nicer area to work.  Someday I will sheetrock the hobby room but the rest of the basement is done!


This kit was supposed to help restore my mojo and by that I mean to just relax and no more AMS to bog me down.

Well...the Mauve kit is really beautiful.  It has nice panel lines and good accurate shapes, but...

They compromised in a few key areas that I cannot ignore.  So, I think from now on it will be exclusively Hasegawa for P-40s.

One area to address is the intake grill which is pretty frickin' prominent on a P-40.  It HAS to look right.

The pieces in the kit are awful and have almost no alignment capability.  It can drive you crazy just dry fitting.

So I had to come up with my own way to achieve solid, repeatable alignment:

The leading edge shape needed good ol' styrene, files, and patience to reshape:

Here it is completed and with a coat of Mr. Surfacer White out of the spray can.  Wonderful stuff!

I also worked on the instrument panel which is from the Eduard photoetch set made for the "Eduard" kit (they did a Profipack version of the Mauve kit).

Here you see it with a piece of clear acetate epoxied onto the instrument faces.

And here assembled with a little Micro Crystal Clear around the edge of the "sandwich" of parts:

One more photo.

This is a resin part from the True Details cockpit set.  It is a marvelous fit and worth every penny.

Not much going on here but I experimented with cheap craft store acrylic satin black paint, as a primer.

I wanted to see if I could airbrush it and it did fine (although it didn't cover well in one coat).

I must say it snuggled down and did not hide even one bit of surface detail!

5  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / Re: Curtiss TP-40N Flight on: April 16, 2018, 01:12:20 AM
That's great!
I love how the back seat had been signed by five AVG men!
6  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: Charlie Bond's AVG P-40 Tomahawk on: February 26, 2018, 01:49:05 AM
If you are getting back into it, I recommend the new Airfix kits.  They are not very expensive and the are a lot of fun to build.
I did the 1/72 P-51D and had a blast.
The recent 1/48 P-40B is quite accurate.
7  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: January 02, 2018, 07:13:29 AM
Here I have used my drill press to create holes for the nice brass gun barrels from Master:

Perhaps more important that the holes were the backstops that need to be there or else you lose your parts later at installation!

8  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: December 31, 2017, 12:34:38 AM
I just "eyeballed" the blade pitch angle...and it is a little too flat.
I think minimum was 22 degrees and I won't miss it on the next kit I build!
9  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: December 29, 2017, 12:14:18 AM
Well, too busy lately so work on this project has stalled for a while.
However, I will finish it.
Here is a shot of the finished propeller.  I has been sprayed with a mixture of Future and Tamiya Flat Base.
I used too much flat base so it is a little "chalky" but it looks nice and weathered that way, eh?

10  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: Charlie Bond's AVG P-40 Tomahawk on: October 23, 2017, 10:35:31 PM
Looks great and kudos on staying with it completion!

I can relate as I also have a Allison powered Mustang kit I started over 20 years ago that is still on the shelf of Doom....
11  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: September 25, 2017, 12:34:35 PM
Some progress has happened.  Done with the prop so I'm working my way front to back I guess!

Have I gone off my rocker?  LOL!

OK, that's better

This is a prop jig I made many years ago.  Still works well!

I will say that this is a great read and has inspired me on this model.
I had always thought less of the USAAC group that followed the Flying Tigers.
Why?  Well I guess I didn't think of them as the Flying Tigers.
Well, no more.  These guys and their trusty P-40s fought HARD!
12  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: August 16, 2017, 12:24:56 AM
Actually the Krylon holds up well to some light handling.
Over time it loses its luster but most models are not handled that much.

I ruined my silver blades...

I had a very old can of Testors yellow that I sprayed on the tips of each blade.
It reacted badly with the silver and I had to strip those parts.

I'll present a photo soon showing the completed prop/spinner unit.
It should be done soon I hope.
13  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: July 31, 2017, 03:52:14 AM
I need to add a receiving tube for my prop/brass rod set up.

First temporarily join spinner to one fuselage half like so:

Then use a bit of nylon thread to ensure perfect left/right alignment of tube:

Now, I have gently laid some bits of sprue on the "ass" end of the tube.  They have been set with gap filling superglue and I had to dab, gently, some accelerator:

Here I have slopped on some 30 minute clear epoxy.  Note I have added a peg to the front end of the tube but it is only glued to the fuselage at this time and NOT the tube.

I'll explain why later:

Here is a view of the epoxy setting up.  Five minute epoxy would have been better.

14  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / Russian Kittyhawk recovered off Crimea on: June 08, 2017, 02:21:33 AM


15  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: June 08, 2017, 02:18:47 AM
 My only complaint is the dark color of the plastic, mainly because I am so used to working with grey.  


I have a Mauve Kittyhawk MkIII kit in which the base plastic is a tan color (subject is a RAF desert scheme).
Perhaps you could pick up one of those on eBay and get rid of dark plastic issues.
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