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Revell's ancient P-40E AVG markings - real or fictitious?

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Hi

 

I wonder if the AVG markings for the old Revell P-40E kit are real or fictious? 

 

The plane is from 3rd PS, white 92 and flown by Robert 'Duke' Hedman. I can't find any reference to a P-40E with such markings. In the book 'Eagle Files 04: Tigers over China' by Thomas A. Tullis, pages 56 and 63 show a white 92, but it is a Curtiss Hawk 81-A2. In the book 'Flying Tigers Colors' by Carl Molesworth, the table on page 42 list white 92 as flown by Hedman, but it is a Curtiss Hawk 81-A2. The book is very nice, by the way.

 

So I think it may be assumed that the Revell scheme is fictuous for a P-40E. Correct?

 

Any options about this?

 

(-: Roy 

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All the P-40 Es that were assigned to the AVG were assigned fuselage numbers 101 and up.  The AVG did not reuse numbers, so 92 was never assigned to an AVG P-40 E.

 

All of the early Revell 1/32 box art illustration was done by Jack Leynnwood and the art probably helped sell a lot of kits, but was not exactly accurate as to aircraft type. 

 

Incidentally, Leynnwood was a former USAAF pilot and had flown the P-40, although not in combat.

 

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Me three - but just can't remember being young! :)

Terrific info

Peter

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I really love that boxart!!! The kit was one of my first 1/32 planes.

 

Actually I am starting a new project. I was thinking of building another P-40, but using the more modern kit from Hasegawa. As a tribute to the old Revell kit I would use the same markings as that one. I then started searching for pictures and some more info about the plane, which led me to the info mentioned above.

 

(-: Roy

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Hasegawa's P-40 E is a great kit and it has markings for Ed Rector's machine, which is similar to that depicted on the original Revell box art...

 

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Earlier 104 even sported the Nationalist Chinese markings on the wings, which can barely be discerned in the photo below.

 

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Anyone know what color paint that is covering the national insignia on the side?  Maybe a fresh dark green?  Wouldn't it be on both sides?  The profile calls it out as the same as the camo green but darker due to lack of weathering I guess.  Am I answering my own question?  Never seen that picture before.  Good shot.  TIA

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Anyone know what color paint that is covering the national insignia on the side?  Maybe a fresh dark green?  Wouldn't it be on both sides?  The profile calls it out as the same as the camo green but darker due to lack of weathering I guess.  Am I answering my own question?  Never seen that picture before.  Good shot.  TIA

 

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I know now how anal guys are over plane markings, but back then almost all modelers were teens. We were thrilled to even have a P-40 in 1/32, and there existed no aftermarket decals.

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RBrown, very nice and informative pictures. Which book(s) are they from?

 

Seems like I have to do the '104' or similar. But  I'd would like to do one with Chinese markings on the wings,

 

(-: Roy

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