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 on: October 19, 2018, 10:59:16 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Vince_M
Great start!

 on: October 18, 2018, 07:06:47 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by P-40 Admin
Wow, looking good!

 on: October 17, 2018, 03:59:29 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
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!

 on: September 02, 2018, 11:11:41 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
I decided it was time I started work on a P-40 from the 316th Fighter Squadron, since I've already done one each from the other two squadrons of the 324th Fighter Group, so I broke out an AMtech kit with the resin nose.  I also had a Cutting Edge P-40F/L cockpit laying around, which was specifically made for this kit.  Too bad Meteor/Cutting Edge is no longer in business (although it's my understanding that its owner, David Klaus, now operates The Fine Art of Decals website) since this replacement resin cockpit is nicely detailed and fits wonderfully.  Unfortunately, I've had this cockpit for some time and at one point long ago, I apparently damaged the seat while removing it from the resin stub, so I've replaced the replacement with an Ultracast one.  Here it is, about ready to go all together (although the seat is sitting a little cockeyed in the tub, since I just temporarily sat it there for the photograph), with the front of the fuselage halves removed for ultimate placement of the resin nose:

 on: August 18, 2018, 07:42:56 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Jim
Now that was very nice indeed, the pilot was as one with aircraft, beautiful.

Thank you for posting that.

 on: August 14, 2018, 10:09:00 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
Nice video from what little I've seen so far.  At 40+ minutes it will take me awhile to watch it all, in bits and pieces!

 on: August 14, 2018, 10:57:50 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M

 on: July 20, 2018, 09:58:13 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
Looking good, Vince!  I know what you mean about the Mauve kit; generally nice but there are a few areas needing improvement.  I too have issues getting its intake aligned.  The AMtech/AMT kits are the same way.  That is one area that the Hasegawa shines, since its design makes alignment easy and sure.  Same can be said for Hasegawa's cockpit.  I'm about to start one of the Eduard boxings but the intake is one area I don't need to concern myself with.  I'm grafting on a resin nose to do a Merlin engine P-40F from the 79th FG.  I really wish Hasegawa would issue a Merlin engine offering but, alas, it's probably not to be.

I also know what you mean about getting sidetracked with real-life projects.  I'm finishing up painting the exterior of our house.  Since the highs have been in the upper 90s to low 100s where I live, I think I would prefer an inside job like your basement right about now!


 on: July 18, 2018, 01:14:43 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
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!

 on: June 21, 2018, 06:23:45 PM 
Started by udondave - Last post by udondave

I'm looking for high res photos of USAAF P-40s in North Africa for a new book I'm working on. Preferably with caption information.

Your assistance, of course, will be acknowledged with thanks !

Cheers, David Mitchelhill-Green

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