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1  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!

2  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!
3  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?

4  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....
5  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!
6  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.
7  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.

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


9  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.
10  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: AMtech 1/48th P-40K/Kittyhawk Mk III, 450 Sqn RAAF on: May 17, 2017, 10:37:23 AM
Really nice!
Thank you for sharing
11  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: May 10, 2017, 01:10:25 PM
I took three good resin prop blade castings and have primed them with Krylon Matte Aluminum.
The subsequent black on the back of the blade will be rubbed down to simulate the actual paint being worn off.

12  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: May 06, 2017, 09:46:10 PM
Thanks Mark

I am very picky about the prop. Perhaps because the P40 nose is so prominent.

Almost all kits have inaccurate props. Most of them don't put in any twist along the length.  Do I sound like an aeronautical engineer?  Well I am.  LOL!

Anyhow. That guy that did the old Monogram P-38 nailed it. I use them on any Allison model I do including a P-51A that I have not finished.
13  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: May 06, 2017, 12:07:41 AM

I'm also experimenting with the cockpit paint.
The top is Model Master Acryl interior green and bottom is Humbrol bronze green.
I think the Humbrol is more authentic to the P-40 don't you?

14  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / 1:48 Mauve P-40N "Lope's Hope" on: May 06, 2017, 12:04:32 AM
Hi all,

I'm a slow model builder but am enjoying this 1/48 Mauve P-40N.
The Hasegawa kit is nicer and has fewer flaws to fix; however, this Mauve kit is very nice and will end up looking very good.

I have the True Details resin cockpit upgrade and it is one of their best.  It will fit perfectly.
I also have some metal cockpit sills and that should look good because I plan to have the canopy slid open.
True Details wheels with open spokes will be used but it's an older version where the flattened look is over done making the tires look flat in a way.

I have started on the propeller blades.  I'm picky and have found the Curtiss Electric blades from the old Monogram P-38 kit are best.
So, I have used some old mold rubber to cast copies and that is going well.
It's a one piece mold so some come out with bubbles....about 50%.  However I got four good blades out before one copy broke off inside the mold...due to a bubble I didn't get out.

15  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / Re: Atlanta Warbird Weekend on: January 07, 2017, 01:08:59 PM
Here's another shot to tease you.
Hundreds of shots and I'm working my way through them.
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