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Readers’ Gallery: Ross McAthur’s 1/48 Hasegawa RNZAF P-40K

New forum member Ross McArthur posted this impressive looking P-40. Great work Ross!

Well, well, things are certainly moving along now. Got my 1st P-40 done in a long while; it’s been a coon’s age since I dabbled in a Curtiss.
This is the second of my commission build madness. Although a great boost to the modelling skills – I can give it back and avoid another dust collector – the pressure’s on to get it right. For the most part it’s an object lesson in keeping up the momentum, else things stall and the beast develops ‘hangar rash’.

This is Geoff Fisken’s P-40K, NZ air force, PTO. My friend wanted this scheme, seen regularly on the airshow circuit. Not strictly the contemporary colours but it does look sharp with an all-white tail, don’t it?

  • Finished in Humbrol and Revell enamels.
  • Scratch built seatbelts.
  • Exhausts and gun ports drilled out.
  • Casing ejector holes drilled and filed.
  • Underwing panels filed and sanded down to a more scale thickness.
  • Instrument panel re-worked to incorporate kit decals.
  • Custom wing roundels, cowl number and serials from another friend.
  • Aerial wire is stretched rod from a Q-tip. Very workable plastic and CA works a treat.
  • Undercarriage bays had some access holes drilled and filed out.
  • The canopy was also filed and sanded, then polished and dipped in Future so that it sits better.