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#1 Shaka HI

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 02:42 AM

I know, I know...how "unoriginal"...But, it's something I've had in my stash (out of maybe six 1/32 scale kits). And growing up as a kid,it was my favorite fighter aircraft. I loved the shark mouth and this aircraft is synonymous with it, but much to my disappointment, discovered that it was an "average" fighter at best.

My original intent was to build Robert Lee Scott's mount, but this is Winkle's build, so I might opt for RAF's 112 squadron -- the originators of the shark-mouth scheme.

Mostly OOTB and another "learning" build. It's a a big aircraft! I have Revell's G-6 on the bench at the moment and the Kittyhawk looks portly in comparison!

 

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 03:43 AM

Nice choice Shaka. I built the P-40N version and have another to build at some point.

Most people attach the tail section halves separately to the corresponding front halves rather than following the instructions which makes you join them as subassemblies. It helps to make a smoother join.

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 06:10 AM

Welcome to another GB Shaka, great to see you here. I've not built a P-40 so can offer no words of advice like Carl but I've signed up!
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Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:57 AM

Welcome aboard. I look forward to seeing what you do with this.


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Posted 30 May 2016 - 04:01 PM

Nice choice, Shaka! :)

 

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 05:53 PM

This'll be great to see!! Are you painting the markings on this one?

 

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#7 Shaka HI

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 06:34 PM

This'll be great to see!! Are you painting the markings on this one?

 

Don

 

Not sure yet...we'll see.


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Posted 31 May 2016 - 11:28 AM

Not sure yet...we'll see.

 

Of course he is Dennis, he made such a good job on the Spit and found it so therapeutic he doesn't really need to think about it!! :)

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:29 AM

Good to see you back at it so soon Shaka ... looking forward to this one :popcorn:

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 05:28 AM

Good choice.  The first 1:32 model I ever built was Revell's old P-40E when it was first available here in the UK, and I've had a soft spot for this aircraft ever since.


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#11 Shaka HI

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:04 AM

Thanks Gents...I assembled the cockpit and will be employing a primer coat along with a natural metal coat so that I can reproduce any type of chipping vs using the silver colored pencil as I did in the Spitfire build. I do confess -- while the extra paint does produce a better output, I can hardly notice it when the cockpit's in place.

 

I tried the technique using the G-6..notice how much larger the P-40 is? My goodness, I can just see the potential fit issues with this kit. I've found perhaps two builds of this particular kit on this forum and will need to study their construction techniques and/or deviations. I've ordered decals for the 112 Squadron and have ordered some HGW belts, but I'm still pondering about the use of masks..Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:20 AM

Kittyhawk is a big aircraft and you don't realise quite how big until you're standing next to one.


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:04 AM

I don't think the word "small" exists in American dictionaries! :)
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#14 Shaka HI

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:14 AM

I don't think the word "small" exists in American dictionaries! :)
Max

 

So true, Max...and this obsession with size seems to permeate everything in our society/culture -- cars in particular. Even the latest Japanese, Korean, European cars seems to get larger each successive model year due to our marketing influence. I drive a compact sports coupe and I feel small and vulnerable everyday I fight the traffic on the way to and from work!


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:16 PM

.....and food portions! 


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