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1  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1/72 Special Hobby P-40N on: November 23, 2021, 09:17:04 AM
Looks like you're off to a good start, Vince!  Have you decided on which markings for it?
2  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: 1/72 Special Hobby P-40N on: August 03, 2021, 09:33:38 PM
I've built the "E" and feel these new Special Hobby kits are the best P-40 kits in any scale for exactly the reasons you mention.  I wish Special Hobby would re-tool its "F/L" kit, which is definitely earlier-generation and not nearly as refined.
3  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: Great deal on Airfix 1/72 tomahawk on: May 24, 2021, 10:11:24 PM
Nice snag!  Unfortunately, there's not a Hobby Lobby close to me so I'd make up whatever savings from the sale with gas money.
4  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: And another 85th FS P-40F started, this a 1/32 Hasegawa conversion on: May 06, 2021, 09:42:14 PM
Finally got the paint on this thing.  I used the Real Colors by AK WW2 RAF Desert Colors, fading the Dark Earth with some white.  I'm impressed with Real Colors and they will likely be my go-to paint, at least for airbrushing, especially since Model Master is no longer being produced.  I think once the weathering is in place, especially the exhaust stains, any issues I had with installing the resin nose won't be as noticeable.
5  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / Re: Flying the P-40N Kittyhawk on: April 24, 2021, 12:00:01 AM
Thanks for the link!  A very informative video.  I almost felt like I was flying it myself.
6  P-40 Warhawk Forums / General Discussion / Re: windscreen and canopy on: April 12, 2021, 09:29:59 PM
I think it's just the angle that the photograph was taken, as well as distortion caused by the light, which is causing it to appear a little off.  Here's one from my collection, 80th FG pilot Robert Gale in a P-40N cockpit, for comparison:

7  P-40 Warhawk Forums / General Discussion / Re: windscreen and canopy on: April 11, 2021, 11:12:14 PM
I'm not seeing a photograph.  Did you mean to attach one?
8  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís in WWII / Re: 79th fighter group P-40s on: March 02, 2021, 10:56:10 PM
A P-40L named "Ann" from the 85th FS.  That rudder artwork had previously been released by Pyn-up decals, although it appears they didn't have access to a full side profile since no name for the nose was included.  The photo that Pyn-up used also had a different version of the national insignia, so it's possible that photo was taken at a different time than these.

These photographs are from 85th FS pilot Robert Kelley's collection via his son Peter Kelley.  Although that's Robert Kelley standing by the nose in the second photograph, I don't think X28 was his assigned aircraft.

9  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís in WWII / Re: 79th fighter group P-40s on: February 27, 2021, 10:51:41 PM
Here are some photographs of a P-40F named "CAROL-E," flown by Lt. George St. Maur Maxwell of the 86th FS and named after his niece.  S/Sgt Merritt "Boots" Pulis was the crew chief and Cpl. Windsor Nordin the armorer.

Photos courtesy of "Soninlaw71."  More information and photographs of Maxwell can be found here:

10  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: Great Wall Hobby P-40B Tomahawk in 1/32 on: January 11, 2021, 11:00:17 PM
It looks very nice.  Unfortunately for me, I've moved away from the larger scales due to cost, display, and storage issues.
11  P-40 Warhawk Forums / General Discussion / Re: New book on: December 22, 2020, 11:26:29 PM
One of my favorites.  Very well written with lots of first-person accounts from the pilots.  I believe that its author, Russell Brown, had initially planned on writing a companion volume for events after North Africa but ultimately decided against it.  I'm disappointed that he didn't.
12  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís Today / Re: New P 40 in scale from Italy on: November 20, 2020, 10:14:25 AM
Hello everyone I'm looking for the internal paint codes of the various P 40 models do you know where they can be found?

Unfortunately, I'm not too knowledgeable about those paint codes.  If you don't get a response here, I can recommend the forums of two other websites that I know have people who might have this information:  https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/hyperscale/plane-talking-hyperscale-s-aircraft-scale-model-di-f149674/ and https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/23-wwii/
13  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís in WWII / New Zealand P-40s on: September 20, 2020, 10:49:28 PM
Peter Mossong has an informative website about P-40s in New Zealand service, here:
One of the most famous, and most modeled, P-40s is "Gloria Lyons," the name being applied to three different P-40s (as well as one F4U-1A).  Peter has a great section on the history of "Gloria Lyons." 

Of interest is that the last P-40N named "Gloria Lyons" survived the war and, after being passed from one owner to another and one location to another, will now, finally, be put on display (where and in what condition, I'm uncertain).  Here's a link over on Britmodeller about it, and if one scrolls down will find some recently taken photographs of the airframe in its current condition, with interesting information especially about the colors:
14  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40ís in WWII / Re: 79th fighter group P-40s on: September 09, 2020, 07:48:17 AM
Some more.  Here's another of Major Watkins.  No name visible on this P-40F, but it appears to have the stripe, possibly red, on the front of the lower cowl that's also visible on the previous photo I posted of him.

Here we have several 86th FS P-40Fs about to take off on a mission.  I believe the closest one is #40, likely Maj. Watkin's "Lonesome Polecat."  Note what appears to be that same stripe.  I also believe its serial number is 41-14531. Joe Baugher's website indicates this P-40 was shot down on June 6, 1944, whilst on a strafing mission near Rome in Italy.  It was assigned to the 522nd FS, 27th FG at the time, and its pilot (unknown) bailed and and became a POW.

Here's one with a group of NCOs in front of an 86th FS P-40F possibly named "El Lobo." I can't make out its entire fuselage code numbers but it's possibly X5-7. However, its serial number, 41-14559, indicates per Joe Baugher's site that it met the same fate on the same day with the same unit as X4-0.  Unfortunately, whoever its pilot was at the time was KIA.

Some misspellings on this next photo.  The pilot is John J. Gumbleton and another person is likely Cpl. O'Brien.  Sgt. Albin Krezel was an armorer in the 86th.  And if it's S/Sgt. Gerald Ervin, an 86th FS crew chief, he was the only non-pilot of the 79th FG KIA.  On December 17, 1944, a P-51 crashed into the squadron dispersal area at Fano, Italy, killing him. If "Lucky Lady" was Lt. Gumbleton's airplane, it was likely coded X6-2.  I don't have the number of missions he flew, but Lt. Gumbleton received the D.F.C and Air Medal with 4 OLCs.

Lastly, we have the rudder of possibly the most modeled 79th FG P-40; Lt. "Jazz" Jaslow's "Sweet Bets" of the 87th FS.  There are some wonderful color photographs of his P-40F and L in books and floating around the Internet, one reason why many decals have been offered for his planes, but I think this is the first photograph I've seen showing the "Passionate Dwarf"/Dopey artwork on the starboard side of the rudder.  I know a duplicate was on the port side, so this is new to me.

15  P-40 Warhawk Forums / P-40 Models / Re: AMT P-40N 8th FS/49th FG on: August 21, 2020, 07:20:41 AM
Thanks Vince.  Sometimes I get lucky! Wink
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