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 on: December 18, 2018, 08:40:47 PM 
Started by warhawk - Last post by warhawk
Thanks for the suggestion!
I know the author uses factory drawings, so I'll e-mail him.


 on: December 17, 2018, 01:27:28 PM 
Started by Vince_M - Last post by Vince_M
Yes, Mark I'm going to rivet the whole thing.  The fuselage is hard.  I'm trying to use a ruler and double stick tape but it is not easy.

Here are the cockpit sides and the seat.  They need a clear flat coat but are pretty much done.

 on: December 17, 2018, 01:23:30 AM 
Started by warhawk - Last post by Vince_M
These may not be factory but are the best I know of right now!


 on: December 15, 2018, 07:51:26 PM 
Started by warhawk - Last post by warhawk

I am in a process of correcting an inaccurate kit, and would like to make new crescent-shape panel that frames the rear glass.
Could anyone please help me with some original factory drawings of this panel, marked on the picture below (or P-40D/E/K rear glass itself) in developed view, so I can copy its complex geometry?

Thanks in advance!

 on: December 13, 2018, 11:50:26 PM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by Vince_M
I concur.
Great job fitting that resin nose!

 on: December 11, 2018, 08:06:44 AM 
Started by Mark Joyce - Last post by P-40 Admin
Nice job on the nose, making the cuts and getting it to fit. I have a resin nose from my kit, won't be using it, didn't feel like making the cuts so the plastic nose looked good enough to me.  Smiley

 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...


 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.



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

 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!

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