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Readers’ Gallery: Tom’s Hasegawa 1/48 Kittyhawk IV (P-40N)

Agape forum member Tom (spitguy) posted these photos of this wonderful Kittyhawk IV. It looks great Tom- thanks for sharing!

This is my Hasegawa 1/48 Kittyhawk Mark IV (RAF 112 Squadron, Italy 1944).  This build gave me several challenges as this is my first Desert scheme…I initially painted the underside Tamiya Sky, but quickly realized that was way too blue to substitute for Azure Blue…I corrected this by over spraying with a mix of Tamiya acrylics as recommended by several here in the forums.  I think the overall effect turned out nice in that I have some nice variations on the underside, providing a well-used look.  I also learned (too late) that the Hasegawa shark mouth decals do not completely wrap-around the air intake on the cowling as my references showed, so the shark’s mouth is a combination of decal and hand-painting…I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  Last, I initially put the landing gear on backwards (as I nearly always do) and had to saw them off and turn them around.  This was also my first major attempt at weathering, using Mig pigments for the cordite / exhaust stains, a rather aggressive pin-wash (for me at least), and paint scuffing on the wing-walk (special thanks to Jon’s postings here in the forums).   Thanks for looking and God bless!

3 thoughts on “Readers’ Gallery: Tom’s Hasegawa 1/48 Kittyhawk IV (P-40N)”

  1. Hi Tom,

    It look great. I have one currently on my work bench too and thanks for your tip on the sharkmouth. What color of red do you use to match the decal?

    Regards

    Max

  2. Max – Thanks for your comment. That’s regular, old Tamiya XF-7 Flat Red. I covered it with Tamiya Clear Coat and then finished with Testor’s Dull Coat. You know you don’t see much on forums / reviews about how the kit decal does not wrap completely around (unless I missed it)…but in checking references I saw that the shark’s mouth goes all the way under and into the air intake. I noticed that the real aircraft, the teeth are not perfectly straight, so I just free-handed it until it looked about right. Let me know if I can be of any more help – I would love to see a pic of your finished Kittyhawk. Best regards,
    Tom.

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