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 on: March 12, 2019, 10:32:20 PM 
Started by xray4277 - Last post by Mark Joyce
Like Vince said, great job on the Tomahawk, and I've heard nothing but good things about that kit!

 on: March 12, 2019, 08:51:49 PM 
Started by xray4277 - Last post by Vince_M
Great job on that Tomahawk!!!

I am really enthusiastic about this Airfix kit and your example makes me more so.

 on: March 12, 2019, 06:06:50 PM 
Started by xray4277 - Last post by xray4277
Here's my Airfix 1/48 scale Tomahawk II (equivalent to P-40B/C).

First, let me say that I'm very much an 'average modeller' - I build kits pretty much 'out of the box', I don't do weathering (I'm no good at it) and I don't like all those shaded, highlighted or accented panel lines (I think they look a bit artificial and over-exaggerated to be honest - sorry guys!)

The kit is really good, it's well designed and goes together really nicely, hardly any filler needed anywhere. I particularly like the way the nose section is done, and the wing roots which are separate from the rest of the wing. The cockpit interior is very nice too.

I used Tamiya acrylic paints, brushed on, I've always liked their paint and if you water it down slightly and do 2 or 3 thin coats with a decent brush it gives a good finish. I don't obsesss over colour matches, for example for the cockpit interior I mixed XF4 with a bit of black until it looked about right! I don't apply any gloss finish before decalling either, the Tamiya paint takes decals well and then I finish the whole thing with a coat of Army Painter matt varnish from a rattle can.

I guess you'd say that my techniques are not for the purist, but I think the finished article looks OK and really captures the characteristic look of the early model P-40s. Next up for me will be a Hobby Boss P-40M (although I think it's really a later 'K' model because it doesn't have the little vents in front of the exhaust stacks). It's not as detailed a kit as the Airfix, but I think it will look OK, I'll be doing it in Brazilian Air Force bare metal finish.

Now if only Airfix would bring out a later-model P-40 in 1/48 scale...

 on: March 12, 2019, 12:16:05 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
Thanks for the encouragement guys!

The decals are Eagle Strike and are designed for AMTor Mauve. So I should be okay if Iím patient and careful.

The Master guns are wonderful. Of course the hardest part is getting six holes in just the right spots on a narrow leading edge. That is a mouthful and an understatement

 on: March 12, 2019, 09:10:38 AM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Mark Joyce
Your paint work is coming along nicely!  Smiley

Thanks!  Unfortunately nothing has progressed on this model lately, but hopefully with an improvement in the weather this week I can get some more work done.

 on: March 12, 2019, 09:07:44 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Mark Joyce
I'm completely intimidated putting on the sharkmouth decals.
If there are fit issues I won't be able to do anything about it.

I feel the same way about those sharkmouths too, Vince, but have found that the decal brand can make a lot of difference in how they fit and lay down.  Which manufacturer are you using for 'Lope's Hope?'

I also meant to ask if you had any problems with the Master barrels.  I just ordered a couple of sets, one in 72nd scale for the Academy P-40N I'm currently working on.  They won't arrive for perhaps two weeks, and I figured I would get a head start on them by cutting off the kit barrels first then gluing the upper and lower wing halves together to knock out the seam between them.

 on: March 12, 2019, 06:07:52 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by P-40 Admin
Looking really good so far!

I was cleaning out a bunch of old magazines and one of them had a technique instead of using a candle, holding the plastic up to a lightbulb to soften the plastic and then bending it or pulling it over a plug, I had never thought of that before.

I had problems with Squadron putty doing that in the past, I've been using Bondo spot glazing putty for a while which is good, but it always stays somewhat soft so if it gets bumped with something a little sharp, it can gouge it a bit. I remembered my U-control & R/C days, I would use dope & talcum powder to make a sanding sealer. Health issues have had me move away from solvent-based products as much as I can, (I still use Bondo once in a while, but it can cause issues), so I started using Future with baby powder, you can make it as thin or as thick as you want by altering the baby powder, sometimes I will add a little bit of acrylic paint to give it a little bit of color to make it easier for sanding. It sands just as easy as Future does and smells nice, ultimately is harder than the Bondo as well. Feathers beautifully and sticks well. Also, when I am sanding, it acts like its own guide coat, at least with some acrylic paint added, it will look darker and as you sand it, the higher areas will be a lighter color as they get sanded down.

 on: March 12, 2019, 05:59:54 AM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by P-40 Admin
Your paint work is coming along nicely!  Smiley

 on: March 11, 2019, 11:45:59 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
I'm completely intimidated putting on the sharkmouth decals.
If there are fit issues I won't be able to do anything about it.

 on: March 08, 2019, 01:11:09 AM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
Yeah, that is good advice.  I should default back to accuracy.

I saw that a lot of the Merlin P-40s sometimes had no ring or bead at all!

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