Curtiss P-40N Warhawk
by Christian Bruer
1/48 scale P-40N Warhawk is available online from Squadron.com
Here are some pictures of my first model warplane. It's
a P-40 N in the colours of the 7th squadron 49th FG during the New
Guinea campaign. There is an detailed picture where you can see the Nose
Art of this plane in squadron/signal publication about the 49th FG by
Ernset R. McDowell.
The model is the 1/48 scale kit from AMT Ertl. I built my models
straight from the box, so there are only a few modifications to bring
more life to the plane. I added the control surfaces from KMC and wheels
from True Details.
After building the model I started the paint job. I used
colours from Xtracolor and a Badger air brush. At first I painted the
lower surfaces in neutral grey, and then the upper surface in olive
drab. The tail and the wing leading edge is in white, the spinner is
I used decals from Three Guys Replicas. There is a sheet
full of interesting markings for P-40's of the 49th FG. After a coat of
varnish I started weathering the model. Most of the planes in the book
about the 49Th are full of dirt and dust, so I did it with my model. For
the weathering job I used enamels and thinner. I learnt that this is not
the best way and for my next model I used water colours.
Finishing touches included small parts like the landing
gear, canopy, antenna and the wires for the canopy and the sand filter.
The gun and exhaust streaks are made by air brush.
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Model, Images and Text Copyright ©
2001 by Christian Bruer
Page Created 12 April, 2002
14 April, 2002
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