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 on: February 16, 2019, 09:56:50 AM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
As for the Tamiya white fine surface primer...
I find that stuff will eventually "snuggle" down so tight that even some scratches will show!
It might take several days for that to happen.

Thanks Vince.  Unfortunately it's not snuggled enough to give me hope that I can get a wash in the panel lines!

 on: February 16, 2019, 12:58:36 AM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Vince_M
As for the Tamiya white fine surface primer...
I find that stuff will eventually "snuggle" down so tight that even some scratches will show!
It might take several days for that to happen.

 on: February 16, 2019, 12:11:55 AM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
Thanks Vince.  I also have the Special Hobby P-40N in my stash and, if I hadn't started this one so long ago, would be using it for Joel Paris's plane.  I'm trying to decide what markings I'll eventually use on the Special Hobby kit, which is very nice.

It figures, but I just discovered this photo on the Internet, which I have not seen before, and is supposed to be Paris's P-40N:

I can't make out the serial number or what the artwork is just aft of the number 7.  Interestingly, this plane doesn't have, at least not yet, the white leading wing edges.  It looks like it also has the larger wheels and a different pattern on the spinner. Here is the photo I have been using as the reference for my model:

Looks like I might be adding at least the striping on the tail of my model, probably in blue, and although the angle that the white paint on the fuselage just forward of the tail on my model is different that in the photograph, I'll just live with that. But right now I'm just trying to confirm if the planes in the photographs are even the same.

 on: February 15, 2019, 10:25:09 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Vince_M

Nice job!
I also really like the Hasegawa 1/72 kit and have built three of them when I was younger and could see better!  LOL
The wheels that come in the kit are also too narrow.  I used to cut them in half and add styrene.
Nowadays we can get some really nice resin wheels that are exact.

I have recently purchased the newest version of the Special Hobby P-40N in 1/72.
These kits now "take the cake" for an accurate shape Warhawk in that scale.
I have a few old Hasegawa kits in my stash but they may become paint horses...


 on: February 15, 2019, 12:23:24 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
Lately I've been trying to crank out some P-40 models.  This one I started perhaps a decade ago but put aside for a number of reasons, the main one being a lack of proper wheels for a P-40N.  The Hasegawa kit includes wheels that are appropriate for early P-40s but not the spoked ones usually used on the P-40N, and I was unable to locate any correct aftermarket ones until a few years ago.  So, I obtained those, worked on the model a bit more, and again set it aside.  I recently pulled it out of mothballs and decided I needed to finish it in the markings of the P-40N flown by Joel Paris, an ace who flew with the 7th FS/49th FG.

The 72nd scale Hasegawa kit is an older tooling but still nice, with recessed panel lines.  The detailing is pretty basic however, which includes the cockpit.  I replaced the kit one with a True Details one, which although isn't 100% accurate is nicely detailed.  The kit canopy is one piece, but it fits so snugly that I decided not to glue it in place in order that I can pop it off it I want to look more closely at the interior.

Fit is quite good, although I apparently didn't align the bottom wing section to the fuselage too well which caused a little bit of a step.  I usually use gap-filling superglue for seams and gaps, but this was a bit much for it so resorted to a few applications of Tamiya putty.  Once done I airbrushed some Mr. Surfacer 1200 on the airframe to check for flaws, which of course I had some that needed to be attended to.

Since the 7th FS had white on the front of the wings and the tail section of its P-40Ns, I decided to kill two birds with one stone, and used some Tamiya white fine surface primer to not only get bit more coverage on the flaws but to get the needed white.  I believe this primer is only available in a rattle can and, although I've recently tried decanting from the cans to use in my airbrush, I decided to shoot strait from the can in this case. Unfortunately, coverage was a bit more than I had hoped in some areas, which although definitely took care of any remaining flaws pretty much filled the finely engraved panel lines on the kit.  So much for a wash!

I then masked off the white, airbrushed Model Master Neutral Grey on the underside, and after masking off the undersides airbrushed the upper surfaces with about a 50-50 mix of Model Master Olive Drab and Faded Olive Drab, in order to start the weathering process.  I then added a bit of white to this mix to continue the weathering and fading. Finally, it was time for the Medium Green splotches on the upper wing surfaces.  I remembered that I had some Frisket Film that I had bought years ago but never used for some other modeling project, and thought it would work well as a masking medium for the splotches.  It worked quite well for this purpose, and I added some white to the medium green to fade the splotches.  For some reason, the white I use mixes poorly with other paints, and the coverage is uneven.  One second I'll have a bit of fading, and the next far too much.  

Anyway, here's how it stands at this point, with some touch-ups and additional weathering to occur.  The white leading wing edges on Paris's P-40, as seen in the only blurry photograph I have of it, indicate that they were either very dirty, or very worn to show the Olive Drab or even the metal airframe underneath.  I'm not yet certain how I'm going to obtain this effect.

 on: February 15, 2019, 06:02:01 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
Those rails were specific to the Mauve but might be adaptable.

The show is March 9.
It's still doable but I won't compromise quality after all this time spent on it.

 on: February 14, 2019, 11:33:42 PM 
Started by P-40 Admin - Last post by Mark Joyce
For some reason all I get are videos of hard landings and other acrobatic maneuvers; no P-40....

 on: February 14, 2019, 11:26:26 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
Glad to hear the cockpit is pretty much done so you can move on.  Are those photoetch rails specific for the Mauve kit, or will they work with any 48th scale P-40?  I usually make my own out of styrene for those kits that have none, and although not 100% accurate at least add some detail.

When exactly is the show?

 on: February 14, 2019, 08:42:08 PM 
Started by P-40 Admin - Last post by Vince_M
Lucky guy!

 on: February 14, 2019, 05:25:18 PM 
Started by P-40 Admin - Last post by P-40 Admin

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