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 on: December 06, 2018, 12:09:34 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
Keep at it, Vince!  Are you going to add rivets to the whole airframe?  And I have no idea why Mauve didn't open up that lower area. Out of sight, out of mind perhaps...

Mark

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 on: December 06, 2018, 12:03:49 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
It's been awhile but I've finally able to get some more work done on the kit.  Following the carpenter's adage, "measure twice and cut once," I removed the front of the fuselage halves using a fine saw to make room for the replacement resin nose.  Once done I glued the halves together.  Fit was generally good, but having built at least a dozen of the AMtech kits (or its clones) over the years I've come to know what to expect and had no unexpected surprises.  I also took this opportunity to clean up the seams, knowing it would be easier now rather than later.  One thing I've learned with these resin noses, especially since Cutting edge has you remove material on the 'coaming' (as the instructions refer to it) to make room for the gunsight, there's not much contact area for the upper fuselage halves where the nose inserts.  As a result I've added a thin strip of sheet styrene to the interior area, making sure it's far enough aft to not interfere with placement of the resin nose.

Upper and lower wings were glued together then the whole wing unit was glued to the fuselage, using some tape that went from one wingtip over the top of the fuselage to the other wingtip, which not only helped in getting some semblance of proper dihedral but also prevented any wing root gaps.  The seam between the upper and lower wings was then worked on, along with drilling out the gun barrels and the vent holes, with final touches to be done once the resin nose is glued into place.  Temporary placement of the nose in the fuselage shows a pretty decent fit, although there's a bit of a horizontal gap that will need to be dealt with.

You might notice a bit of styrene at the rear of the exhaust opening.  The resin nose has the "scallop" here, which was present for the tubular exhausts but not for the flared ones, which most P-40s from the long-tail F onward had.  I also used pinpricks of superglue to fill the openings in front of the exhausts.  For the life of me I have no idea why those are present, except perhaps as some sort of imitation of the perforated grill found on the M and N models.

TIA,

Mark







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 on: November 12, 2018, 02:12:58 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M

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 on: November 06, 2018, 10:00:36 PM 
Started by mebucko - Last post by mebucko
Hi Mark,
Thank you so much for the reply!!
Yep, that was my post on Hyperscale. Yours is the first to mention the "long-tail", and I am so glad for your answer! Long-tail it will be! I was going to make a mistake and make it a "short", based on it might have been an early model leftover from "Torch".
I will update my post there to mention Carl Molesworth - hopefully he will see it.
I did have a response saying the "Jokers" had a question mark on the vertical stab.
Thanks again, and Cheers to you and yours!
Bill

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 on: November 06, 2018, 12:03:01 PM 
Started by mebucko - Last post by Mark Joyce
Hi Bill,

Welcome to the P-40 Warhawk forums, and I'll see if I can add a little to your similar question over on Hyperscale!

Yes, the "Joker Squadron" flew off the HMS Archer and had long-tailed Fs. In Carl Molesworth's book "P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO" there is a photo of these P-40Fs on the Archer. I can't make it out in the photo but he indicates two of the serial numbers are 41-14491 and 41-14512, both of which are confirmed long-tails.

I'm not positive since the photo in the book isn't the best of quality, but it appears these P-40s had similar markings as the others flown by the 33rd FG during Operation Torch:  the white star in blue with a yellow surround and an American flag on both sides of the fuselage.

Unfortunately I haven't found any information on the specific P-40 that Cochran flew. I also checked my two-volume book copies by James Reed about the 33rd FG (he was one of the original pilots of the 33rd) with no further success. I believe this is the same book set mentioned by another poster to your question on Hyperscale.

If anyone knows the answers to your questions it's Carl Molesworth. He sometimes is found on Hyperscale, so if you post a comment there asking for him specifically in your header then you might get his attention.

HTH,

Mark

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 on: November 04, 2018, 09:44:10 PM 
Started by mebucko - Last post by mebucko
Good Morning!
I am going to be building Phil Cochran's P-40 that was used in the "Joker Squadron" in Tunisia, late in 1942.
I believe it was an "F". I don't know if it was a short-tailed or long-tailed, and I don't know of its markings. I think it was the one that he made a carrier take-off in - Royal Navy "Archer"?
Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated!
Cheers,
Bill
bbhb17@comcast.net

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 on: November 02, 2018, 04:43:47 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by P-40 Admin
Nice start on the cockpit!

Just found a couple AMTech P-40's I had well along and then put away, starting those up again. Also tried the Airfix 1/48 P-40 but gave up and will use it as a test bed, some of it was nice, other some weird engineering and did not go together well for me.

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 on: October 30, 2018, 08:27:03 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
Thanks, Mark.
Appreciate that!

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 on: October 27, 2018, 10:54:48 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
Nice work on the wheel wells, Vince.  I probably have some unused resin ones that came with one of the several Eduard boxings I built in the past, which I would have been more than happy to have given you had I known you were going to all this effort!

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 on: October 27, 2018, 10:50:23 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
Great start!

Thanks Vince!  Unfortunately I've been busy and my limited modeling time has been spent trying to finish up another major project, so haven't made any progress on this since posting this picture.

Mark

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