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 on: October 23, 2017, 10:36:09 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
It's coming along nicely, Vince.  Yes, "Into the Teeth of the Tiger" is an outstanding book.  I read elsewhere that Don Lopez preferred the P-40 over the P-51 (at least its early versions, IIRC) for combat in the CBI.

 on: October 23, 2017, 10:35:31 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Vince_M
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....

 on: October 23, 2017, 10:31:18 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
This is the Academy kit, started nearly 20 years ago as a tribute to AVG member Charlie Bond, who I sat next to at a fundraising event for the documentary "Fei Hu: The Story of the Flying Tigers," but which I set aside once I learned of the dreaded accuracy issues with the kit.  Recently I decided it still looked enough like a Tomahawk in my eyes that it was about time I finished it.  I recall using the Cutting Edge cockpit and decal set along with the Eduard flaps, but I think everything else is OOB.  20 years is a long time to remember these details!  Also, this is my first use of the Imgur photo hosting site since Photobucket now charges several hundred dollars a year....

 on: October 19, 2017, 02:07:26 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by P-40 Admin
Love that paint technique  Smiley

 on: September 25, 2017, 12:34:35 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
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!

 on: August 23, 2017, 12:08:53 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Jim
Delicate work for sure but the end result is going to be something special, I am enjoying every stage of this build.

 on: August 16, 2017, 12:24:56 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
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.

 on: August 15, 2017, 05:24:11 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by P-40 Admin
This is coming along nicely!  Smiley

I like the Krylon on the propeller blades, at least from your pictures it looks better than the number of the chrome paints used on cars. Is it pretty fragile like a lot of the metal paints or is it relatively tough?

 on: August 04, 2017, 08:07:02 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Jim
outstanding work sir, great attention to detail and yes the darker green is better.

Nothing better than a well built P40, I look forward to watching the progress of the model.

 on: July 31, 2017, 03:52:14 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
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.

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