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Mark Joyce
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« on: February 05, 2019, 11:39:20 PM »

Since it's currently wet and cold where I live, and I build in the garage, my paint booth is temporarily not in use.  As a result I decided to start another build while waiting for warmer and drier weather to finish up my 48th scale P-40F model.  My choice was the Academy 1/72 P-40M/N.  I obtained this kit when some 80th Fighter Group decals in 72nd were recently released by Rising Decals.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that one of the options is for "Dikam Death," flown by my good friend Bob Gale.  So, wanting to do as good a job on the build as I could in his honor, I pretty much also obtained all the aftermarket bells and whistles I could lay my hands on.  One of these aftermarket goodies was the Quickboost spinner/propeller set, specifically marketed for the Academy kit.  Unfortunately, once I looked at it closely, it appears the shape of the spinner is too pointed and triangular compared to the real thing.   I took a picture of the Quickboost spinner and the Academy kit one, along with one from the Special Hobby Kittyhawk Mk.1a kit that I have.  I know comparing a 3D object to a 2D photograph isn't the most scientifically based method, but to me the Special Hobby looks the most accurate.  Any comments on this?   The Special Hobby kit also contains two types of propellers, the earlier narrow blade and the later paddle-blade.  Since itís my understanding that the Kittyhawk Ml.1a utilized the narrow blade whilst the P-40M/N the paddle-blade, I plan on using the latter for my build.  The Academy ones, as well as the Quickboost ones, appear to be the narrow blade.


The Academy kit looks pretty accurate to me and the parts Iíve checked so far fit well.  The cockpit detail is pretty basic, hence an Eduard photoetch detail set I picked up.  The seat is the square-back one used in most P-40Ns, but since ďDikam DeathĒ is a P-40N-1, for all intent and purposes itís a P-40M so likely had the rounded seat.  Iíll acquire the appropriate seat from another Special Hobby P-40 kit I have.

Academy took the Hasegawa route (or vice-versa) in regards to the canopy area aft of the cockpit (and, as Vince knows, the Mauve/Eduard route), gluing the appropriate parts to the fuselage depending on whether one is modeling a P-40M or a P-40N.   While the P-40N version is one piece, the P-40M consists of two.  The instructions have you glue these two halves together first, then glue the entire assembly to the fuselage, but knowing what this entailed on the Hasegawa kit I chose to glue each half to its corresponding fuselage section first.  Although I figured this would cause a gap on the top of the fuselage (it did), I knew this gap would be easier to deal with instead of any misalignments on the sides.  A little gap-filling superglue and Mr. Surfacer 500 took care of this minor side misalignments, although I had to rescribe some panel lines that, not surprisingly, didnít line up.


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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 10:21:58 PM »

Mark,

Smart play to attach those rear canopy parts first.  Dealing with the gap on the spine is super easy as you know because that area is rounded and easy to sand.

The Academy spinner is far too round.  I can't believe in this day and age that kit companies make shape errors on kits!
The Special Hobby looks spot on but the Quickboost may only need a slight dulling with a sanding stick on its tip.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 11:23:03 PM »


The Academy spinner is far too round.  I can't believe in this day and age that kit companies make shape errors on kits!
The Special Hobby looks spot on but the Quickboost may only need a slight dulling with a sanding stick on its tip.


Thanks Vince.  I agree that the Academy spinner is too round.  I sawed off the backing on the Quickboost spinner and it looks better.  That back area seemed to give it an elongated shape, at least in my eyes.  I'll likely go with your suggestion and simply round the tip a bit, and hopefully be able to attach the paddle-blade Special Hobby propeller to it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 05:33:29 AM »

I think a lot of P-40N had the wider paddle blade prop...but maybe not all did.
It could just be they used what was available.
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