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P-40N 15,000th Anniversary
Hasegawa P-40N Warhawk
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by: Hermon [ VONCUDA ]

Introduction
The P-40N was the last mass produced model in the famous P-40 series of fighter planes produced by Curtis from late 1939 to the end of 1944. The P-40 was the 3rd most produced fighter of WWII behind only the P-47 and P-51. The P-40 was and has been criticized for not being able to out maneuver the Japanese Zero however historians usually fail to mention that most other allied aircraft including the Spitfire, Thunderbolt, Hurricane, Lightning, Corsair, Mustang and Wildcat couldn’t maneuver with the Zero either.

The P-40 series of fighter planes varied little from the B to the M. The N series had two main modifications that helped the performance of both the aircraft and the pilot. The first mod was increasing the Allison engines output to 1,325 horsepower. The second and most important modification was to cut down the top of the fuselage just behind the cockpit and replacing this area with a fixed glass canopy which greatly improved pilot visibility in the 6’oclock position. All the great characteristics that made the P-40 a potent advisory were retained on the N model including the six wing mounted .50 cal machine guns, ultra rugged frame, thick armor plating, sturdy and rugged landing gear and dependable (bullet proof) Allison engine. All these things resulted in the demand for building 15,000 P-40’s.

The kit
This is the Hasegawa P-40N Warhawk kit in 1/32 scale with special markings for the 15,000th Anniversary. Opening the box the modeler is presented with sealed bags containing 9 sprues molded in light grey and 1 sprue bagged separately in clear plastic. Examining each sprue closely I could find no major flaws. One thing that was apparent is that this is a well engineered kit with plenty of great detail straight out of the box. If you’ve built the superb Hasegawa P-40 in 1/48 scale then you won’t find any big surprises with the 1/32 scale version as both kits share many characteristics. The now famous “tail section insert” is retained in the 1/32 scale kit which is nice.

The cockpit is so well built up that the only thing I could honestly recommend to anyone wanting to build this kit for competition would be some PE or an aftermarket resin seat. The instrument panel features raised detail and decals are provided which will cover every gauge, switch and light but in this scale most modelers will probably prefer to hand paint everything and add a wash and some dry brushing. A one piece wing spar is included as part of the wheel well assembly which fits into the one piece lower wing. The rear wheel insert and doors are a one piece affair which is a very nice touch since this area (for me) is usually a place for glue globs to collect and ruin a nice paint job.

My favorite surprise in this kit is the fact that the front windscreen is combined with a portion of the fuselage as one piece. This being my first 1/32 scale Hasegawa kit I don’t know if this is something that the Hasegawa engineers do on a regular basis or not. Either way, who ever came up with this idea is my new best friend. This simple step solves two nasty problems at one time. No more ugly glue filled seam line between the canopy and fuselage………and…….no more heating, stretching, bending, filling, and sanding canopies that are either a tad too wide or narrow for the fuselage. Thank you Hasegawa for answering at least one of my prayers. Also note worthy is the fact that all the glass on the clear sprue is of the highest quality. Crystal clear and free of flash and no apparent warping. Two canopies are included for open or closed cockpit.

Another nice feature was the exhaust. These include 12 individual stacks of the correct flared or (fish tail) design. Again, no flash and nicely sculpted. Resin sets will undoubtedly be on the market soon to replace the kit pieces but IMHO a bit of handy work with a drill bit and sculpting knife will really bring the kit pieces to life.

After spending an honest hour inspecting each and every part of this kit I could only find a few barely noticeable sink marks. Very minimal flash on half a dozen part are scattered about. The biggest flaw I could find was the noticeable ejector pin mark inside the bottom wing section. These marks protrude on the outside of the wing bottom causing very small humps. I’m guessing 20 minutes of work with a couple of different grades of sanding sticks will alleviate this problem altogether so this should be no great concern to the average modeler.

Instructions
The instruction manual is typical top notch Hasegawa. Ten pages including sprue/parts location guide, paint chart, 16 step building guide, and a two page spread showing proper decal placement. The only fault I could find here is in step #6 of the build guide which shows the two halves of the tail section being glued together and then the completed piece being joined to the fuselage. This is a judgment call on my part but I have found by personal experience that the easiest way to perform this part of the build is to glue each piece of the tail section insert into its corresponding fuselage half, then glue the two fuselage sections together much like a normal airplane build. Again, this is a judgment call or personal preference.

Decals
The decal sheet is the most colorful and outrageous I have ever seen for a WWII aircraft. Containing nearly 100 decals of excellent quality and color, there decals to represent every country that flew the P-40 in any of its variants.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Individual flared and correct exhaust pipes. Windscreen incorporated into fuselage (no more gaps to fill). Plenty of interior detail with raised instrumentation on instrument panel. Tail wheel and doors molded into one piece. Crystal clear canopy and
Lows: A few sink marks. Noticeable ejector pin protrusion marks on bottom of wings. This is supposed to be a limited reissue so if you want one you’d better hurry.
Verdict: If you have built one of Hasegawa's new P-40 kits in 1/48 scale you will already know your way around their 1/32 kit as it is essentially the same engineering in a larger scale. If you want a P-40 in 1/32 scale but don’t want to spend additional money on
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: 1:32
  PUBLISHED: Nov 27, 2009
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 91.00%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 85.84%

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About Hermon (VonCuda)
FROM: NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES

Building model airplanes tends to quiet the voices in my head........or maybe it's just the glue fumes.

Copyright ©2019 text by Hermon [ VONCUDA ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



Comments

Wow! What a bunch of haters. Yep, the P-40 wasn't as beautiful as the Spitfire. Not as fast as the Mustang....and on and on, but she's still my favorite WWII fighter. I guess it's because I have family history with the AVG. My old uncle told me one time when I was a little kid that the P-40 he flew was "the kind of girl you married, not the kind you took to the party." I guess that summed his experience up pretty well. Dependable and available, that was the P-40. Hermon
NOV 28, 2009 - 01:00 PM
Hi Hermon Well, Douglas Bader apparently preferred the Hurricane over the Spitfire - just don't tell Mal that! All the best Rowan
NOV 28, 2009 - 01:29 PM
That was Col. Robert Baseler, CO of the 325th FG 'Checkertail Clan'. As usual, I'm late to the party, posting this only 5.5 years after the thread!
JAN 17, 2015 - 07:36 PM
Cheers Fred That's him! Even a few years "late" (is it REALLY five years already! Eeek!), you always bring useful info to any discussion - and a reminder of just how tasty this kit is very welcome. I never did get one of Hasegawa's P-40s, and I reckon I really ought to... All the best Rowan
JAN 17, 2015 - 10:12 PM
Thanks Rowan. I still have plans to build every one of them!
JAN 17, 2015 - 10:44 PM
Mal Mayfield - I want to see masks for this paint scheme :-)
JAN 18, 2015 - 04:43 AM
I never got a chance to build this kit since after I completed the review I promptly sent it to Australia to the waiting hands of one of our resident staff members (Aussie Reg) to build. Must say though, he did a brilliant job of bringing her to life.
JAN 18, 2015 - 05:24 AM
One day I will get the chance to return the favour, I will send you a nice little '57 Chev to build ! The generosity of the folks here on the Kitmaker network never ceases to amaze me, it's a great forum. I built this kit for the P-40 Workhorse Campaign back in 2011, finished pics about halfway down THIS PAGE . I used Kitsworld decals, which went on nicely, but the port noseart has since peeled up and curled. The kit itself went together really nicely IIRC, would highly recommend it ! Cheers, D
JAN 18, 2015 - 07:35 AM
But Geoffrey Wellum prefers the Spitfire Wasn't Bader "sponsored" by Hawker? No problem Matt, but I have a life now! Yes so would I Damian, I have just started building the P-40E as a Kittyhawk 1 which will be in 112 Sqn markings. The only issue with this kit, at the moment, is the seperate tail; which was lambasted when the kit came out. I have simply fitted the tail halves to the relevant fuselage halves instead of the kit method of joining them then adding the complete unit to the complete fuselage. The fit is not perfect but very much better when approached this way. I just have some cleaning up of the joint line to do and your uncle is Bob The cockpit really doesn't need anything, apart from seat belts as it is very well detailed. There does seem to be a slight issue with the wing to fuselage join in that, during dry fitting there is a step at the complicated join, but I'm hopeful that this won't be the case when everything is together and I offer up the wing as Hasegawa's fit is useually pretty good, we will see
JAN 18, 2015 - 12:44 PM
   

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