Nice Start on the engine, Chris!
Well I´m finished, just have to apply the aerial.
When picking up the kit for the campaign I knew about nothing about the History of the Curtiss P-36/Hawk75 neither it´s role in CBI. While and scrolling the Net I stumbled on a interesting subject with a lot of confusing referrings and only 2 pics I found. So tried to manage that one while I´m still practising different things since this is only my 7th build for a #7-campaign after return to the hobby. Probably finished it a bit too rough...
Some first shots, waiting for a sunny day for outside photos to show.
History, if anyone is interested - quoted from different sources:
"...Curtiss Hawk Monoplanes for China story, the second Curtiss Hawk 'China Demonstrator' was the H75-Q, sometimes described unofficially as an H75-A5. Some sources incorrectly refer to it as being a fixed undercarriage design or modified to have a retractable undercarriage and it has also been confused with the earlier 'Hawk Special', the first 'China Demonstrator', in some references. It was first flown as NX 2208 on 6th October 1938 but delivered to China as the 'China Demonstrator' on 28th November 1938 with the c/n 12898 at a cost of $35,000. Accompanying the aircraft was Curtiss test pilot Bob Fausel together with a CW-21 interceptor NX 19431. The shipping of the two Curtiss designs together has led to some accounts referring to two H75-Q demonstrators being sent to China.
...Hawk Demonstrator. Curtiss began development of the export version of their model 75 early in 1937. In its original form the demonstrator had less power, fixed landing gear and was simplified as much as possible both to accommodate export concerns and to make it suitable for operations from airfields with austere facilities. Powered by a Curtiss-Wright GR-1820-G3 engine (875 h.p. for take off) another selling point for the Hawk 75 was the fact that it could be equipped with a variety of engines.
More than a year later two additional demonstrator aircraft were produced. They bore the designation Hawk 75Q. With its R-1820-G105A engine this version had in excess of 200 more horse power than the earlier demonstrator. This aircraft was fitted with under wing gun pods for cannon. Some published accounts say two Hawk 75Q’s were supplied to China with fixed landing gear but one was converted to retractable gear. Only one Hawk 75Q was involved in official trials in the spring of 1939 and it had retractable landing gear. In fact it was routinely referred to as a P-36.
...also advised that larger wheels (and hence larger wheel fairings) would be installed to accommodate operations from muddy airfields."