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Which 1/32 Kit and AM is Best for This Bird?

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#1 Gazzas

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 09:38 PM

Hi everyone!

       Even though the latter marks of the P-40 saw action in NMF, I have to admit that I much prefer the shape of the earlier models.   So, I want to do this one:  Photos for discussion only (probably gonna end up buying them...)

 

curtiss-p-40-tomahawk-at-duxford-GHK73E.

 

curtiss-wright-p40-warhawk-at-the-flying

 

a-beautiful-example-of-a-curtiss-wright-

 

Thanks for your thoughts!

 

Gaz


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 09:42 PM

If you're talking 1/32 your one and only choice is the god-awful Trumpeter mess.  


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 09:46 PM

If you're talking 1/32 your one and only choice is the god-awful Trumpeter mess.  

1/24, then?


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:07 PM

I just found one review of the Trumpeter kit which points out a few things that aren't best, but what makes it 'god-awful' in your eyes?  I found a 1/24 kit...  looked kinda scary.


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:08 PM

It's Trumpeter.  That pretty much says it all.  You can Google Trumpeter 1/32 P-40B and you'll get miles of hits.


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Posted 18 November 2017 - 11:49 PM

If you're talking 1/32 your one and only choice is the god-awful Trumpeter mess.  

 

 

I take it none of the Hasegawa kits can be successfully used without the sort of drama the Trumpy kit brings??

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:05 AM

I take it none of the Hasegawa kits can be successfully used without the sort of drama the Trumpy kit brings??

 

Rog :)

Wrong versions. 


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:22 AM

Wrong versions. 

 

 

 Okie Dokey ...

 

I've just spent the last 10 mins or so looking at reviews/builds here and on other forums ...

 

From what I can glean ... there are some minor accuracy issues ... but unless you're after sinless perfection they aren't as noticeable as on some of the other Trumpeter kits (eg. P.51B / Mustang III)

It seems to be that this would be similar to the P.47D I have in the stash ... a few errors - standing out only to the experts ... a fair amount of detail ... a little over engineered ... pretty good fit and finish - building nicely.

 

Personally ... having read what I have ... I'd buy it and live with it. I understand though, why others wouldn't!

 

Rog :)


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:29 AM

I've read a few reviews since then, and the Trumpy doesn't seem too bad, though I fear a little filling and re-scribing (something at which I am really bad) will be in order.   Now...  How about some AM guns/pit/wheel wells?

 

Gaz


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:38 AM

IIRC the 'mess' so to speak for this kit is not beyond a few added after market items or just ignoring things. My hat will be off to Gazzas for taking on the NMF. That spit shine is a challenge. If one gets that right then no one will notice the kit faux pas.

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:45 AM

My understanding is that the major error with this kit is the cockpit being too shallow, but I believe there's an aftermarket set out there somewhere that addresses this.

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:50 AM

I've read a few reviews since then, and the Trumpy doesn't seem too bad ...

 

Gaz

 

Yeah ... I read Jennings post - Jumped to conclusions - and forgot about his "anti-Trumpeter" bias initially ... on a second look, the kit isn't nearly as bad as some of their others ...

Certainly there doesn't seem to be too many fitting dramas ... as for AM ... take a look at Scalemates list.

 

IIRC the 'mess' so to speak for this kit is not beyond a few added after market items or just ignoring things. My hat will be off to Gazzas for taking on the NMF. That spit shine is a challenge. If one gets that right then no one will notice the kit faux pas.

Rick

 

My thoughts exactly ... the finish will be more difficult to achieve than anything else.

 

Rog :)


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:51 AM

The Trump is the only game in town for this version. Leave it or make the best of it and build it,  it's not their worst effort as a kit by any stretch.  I've built it and would say of all the their prop kits that I've built the worst is the P-51B followed closely by the Corsair.  The P-40 wasn't that bad other than the cockpit.


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 01:07 AM

Love the look of that scheme too.


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 01:26 AM

Don’t listen to the nay-sayers, the Trumpeter P-40 is an inceredibly easy and well fitting kit. As and early model, it’s way better than the 1/24 Vintage Fighter Kits. There are some minor shape issues with the rear horizontal elevators, they appear to be a little smaller than they should be, but it’s not something that stuck out as annoying on my build. Most everything fits very well, you will need a little filler along the front landing gear fairing (knees) at the front edge of the wing, and the cockpit floor is too shallow. You can actually scratch your own floor with some plastic sheet. I only used Master barrels and Montex masks.

I personally thougroghly enjoyed this kit, i built it OOB, the only thing I wished I fixed was the cockpit floor. If I build a second P-40, I would definitely do one of the early NMF pursuit squadrons.

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