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AMtech 1/48 P-40F Merlin-Engined Warhawk

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Just to show a resin nose-job on a plastic kit:

 

30175576144_1611c2caf6.jpg100_0439 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr

 

The biggest challenge was cutting each exhaust horn off its plastic base and re-installing them on the resin nose. 

The cowling flaps were almost as tough, but, you see the results.

 

30506298750_20670c54b8.jpg100_0441 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr

 

30506294690_5d0746ec52.jpg100_0440 by Tom Taylor, on Flickr

 

Since the model still exists, I can do more photos.

 

For the record, this model was built a while back.

 

Since I had no air-brush at the time, the finish was hand-bristle brushed Testors enamels.

 

At the time AMtech was taking a standard P-40 IM kit, and modifying it by adding a resin nose or tail-piece for a different variant.

 

This one was their so challenging of a build, that a well-published author wrote a chapter in a book devoted to its' construction.

 

I bought both the book and then the kit, and went tool shopping!

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Tom,

    Very nice job!  Replacing those exhaust stubs and getting them lined up right would be tedious. 

 

Yes, more photos, please!

 

Gaz

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Tom,

    Very nice job!  Replacing those exhaust stubs and getting them lined up right would be tedious. 

 

Yes, more photos, please!

 

Gaz

 

As you wish, Sahib Gaz:

 

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Please excuse the erroneous time/date stamps. My camera's batteries were dead, and between the "down-times" I didn't bother to re-set it when I hurriedly did these photos today.

 

I am amazed at the quality of AMtech's decals and how they have stood up over the years!

 

This was model was built 15 years ago!

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As explained elsewhere, I decided to post this to illustrate how my "first-timer" for dealing with resin, with the right tools, was able to make a clean job of it.


 


To install the resin nose piece, I used a micro-saw with a miter box, cutting each fuselage half separately, open-side down.


 


To trim the resin nose-piece/plug, I used a flush-cut saw.


 


In my case, I needed no putty and did not have to re-scribe the panel line.


 


If you or others wish for me to share more, just ask, I can fill you in on the rest, to help if you decide to install the resin tail on your P-51, you will have a neater fitting seam like I did.


 


That kit has great markings Kevin-well worth the effort.

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Nice pics. Thanks! I would have never thought to use a mitre box to cut the piece.

 

To date, I've been reticent to buy large resin AM external parts.

 

Gaz

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Nice pics. Thanks! I would have never thought to use a mitre box to cut the piece.

 

To date, I've been reticent to buy large resin AM external parts.

 

Gaz

Here is a review that came out after I got the book and built it:

 

http://www.p40warhawk.com/Models/Reviews/Models/AMtech/AMtech_F-L/P40F-L.htm

 

If you look at the nose-piece, you will see why it needed trimming to fit the fuselage:

 

 

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As I recall, I C-Clamped it into the miter box.

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