A pair of P-40N's

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A pair of P-40N's

Joined: April 1st, 2006, 11:53 am

June 5th, 2018, 11:43 am #1

Greetings all, 

Here is a build compilation of my It-tee Bit-tee Pee Fortees, to be more specific, P-40N's - one an Academy kit with bonus RAAF markings and the other the Hasegawa kit:



The Hasegawa cockpit has no sidewall so I used some old phone SIM cards 


After painting in the interior colour, I added seat harnesses cut up from cheap masking tape


Fully assembled and canopy masked.
I did further engrave the Hasegawa kit's panel lines so that I could apply a wash after painting and decalling


I applied black primer lacquer decanted from a spray can



I mottled in white and light grey  to get a speckled effect followed by thinned down black lacquer to further emphasize the panel lines and the fabric surfaces



Time to introduce some colours - the on the left is 'U.S Dark Earth' and 'U.S Dark Green' to emulate RAF camouflage and the one on the right is straight U.S Olive Drab






.....after the colours, the usual procession of gloss finish, cursing, decals, more cursing, sealing gloss finish, less cursing, matt finish, lotsa cursing due to frosty finish then added a bit of gloss to even things out.....
Then just a small touch of weathering followed by the assembly of delicate bits then finish.... and no more cursing

Cheers
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Joined: September 9th, 2004, 3:43 am

June 5th, 2018, 6:09 pm #2

Those look very nice, Sir. How do the kits compare as far as fit and clear bits?
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Joined: April 1st, 2006, 11:53 am

June 5th, 2018, 10:18 pm #3

Old Man wrote: Those look very nice, Sir. How do the kits compare as far as fit and clear bits?
The fit on both kits are fine, no significant issues however the Academy 3-part canopy looks lousy when in an open configuration - the sliding bit is so thick, it sits high and proud on the spine.
The Academy kit being the newer of the two has nicer pane line detail and a little bit more cockpit detail.
If  you are concerned about cockpit accuracy, you will need aftermarket bits for them be it resin or photo-etch
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Joined: June 13th, 2010, 2:35 am

June 7th, 2018, 12:36 am #4

Great work!
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