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An Old Friend...1/48 P-40B
fightnjoe
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 04:59 PM UTC
I have been lost in many things as of late. Not much time really to post, even to really go online for more than a few minutes every now and then. It is time to go back to basics. Time to bring out an old friend.




It seems that everytime I want to try something new I turn to this kit. i believe I have built this kit at least ten times in its different boxings.

My first attempt at scratchbuilding was with this kit.
My first attempt at resin aftermarket was with this kit.
My first attempt at photoetch was with this kit.
My first attempt at color modulation was with this kit.
My first attempt at real weathering was with this kit.

You get my point.

At the beginning of each of my builds I try to picture just what I want to accomplish with the build. What look am I going after. This one is no different. I want to try to portray a bird that has been forgotten. A bone yard find. Weathered, faded, just a relic.

The construction aspect will be simple. The only real modification will be the installation of the Legend resin cockpit set.

More of this journey to follow.



Joe
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Tennessee, United States
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 05:03 PM UTC
Joe,

Looking forward to this build. For various reasons this model is still one of my favorites.
AussieReg
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Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:17 PM UTC
Like sinking into your favourite old comfy lounge chair, a simple pleasure, everything is familiar, no nasty surprises.

Looking forward to this one Joe, best of luck.

Cheers, D
fightnjoe
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Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:58 AM UTC
Many thanks for looking in.



Joe
fightnjoe
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 03:05 PM UTC
Well my friends here I am to finally get started on the Hawk.

First up is the cockpit. That means clean up of the resin, really not bad at all, and getting some color.

After cleanup I began with a base coat of Flat Black Rustoleum, this is for shadows. I then sprayed Interior Green, Model Master Enamel, from the "top" down. Preserving the shadows as much as I can. The final bit for this stage is the picking out of details with a small pointed brush. A P-40 has little variance, dominated mostly with Greens and Black.






Not really much for excitement but I did record this as I was moving along. Posted https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv01K9HzdizV76TPa-VRxL_3N9qmJJwq4


I will be updating that playlist with the newest for this build.


All comments, critiques, and criticism are encouraged.




Joe
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
Joined: February 02, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 06:25 AM UTC
hi joe. i just finished this kit using the legend resin cockpit myself.it is a good looking piece but i had to shape the rear bulkhead to fit into the fuselage. also i sanded the molded in shoulder harness. from my research i found the p-40 b's did not have shoulder harnesses.
i haven't made the airfix kit yet but i think the old monogram kit has the best lines and shape. i look forward to your build. maybe we could compare notes when your done.

joe
fightnjoe
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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:58 PM UTC
Joe your research is spot on. For this build though most of that will be hidden and the focus is more on the exterior. One of the parts of the resin upgrade that I dislike is everytime I have used it I had to carve out for the rear bulkhead.


Joe
fightnjoe
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 01:46 AM UTC
Well folks here I am after a long delay.

First of all let me say this. All photos have now been lost at photobucket. I am not going to redo them at all. I am using Imgur to post my updates.

On to the build.

With the work on the cockpit done it was time to close up the fuselage. As with most Revell kits there was a bit of cleanup and putty work to do.










It was then time to move on to the wings and the installation of them. Some sanding prepped the wings to get the best fit I could. I then used Tamiya Orange cap as well as MEK to get them in place.









Next up will be to clean up the wings and attach the stabilizers.


All comments, critiques, and criticism are encouraged.



Joe
bomber14
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New Jersey, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 07:55 AM UTC
how did you get away without using any filler on the wing roots? i had to use plastic strip and a mix of glue and plastic shavings slurry.

i see you went ahead and left the shoulder harness anyway

joe
fightnjoe
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Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 - 04:11 PM UTC
I have to tell you what you see in these pictures is not where I ended up with it. I did use some filler, not much to be honest. As for the shoulder straps, if this were a bit more of a detail oriented build I most likely would have fixed that but with my intent to have this for demonstration I chose not to this time.


Joe
Kevlar06
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 02:31 PM UTC
Joe, just saw this as a finished product over on Cybermodeler. You did a great job on this old dog. The Monogram P40 was one of my favorites too-- I must have built a half dozen as a kid in the 60s. In 1998, when my oldest daughter wanted to build something, I gave her one to build. Then, the youngest daughter wanted one too-- so she built one, and she still has it on display today, even though she's turned 34 now! She said it reminds her of good times. I always thought the kit was pretty darn good for its age-- a lot of the old Monogram 1/4 scale kits were cutting edge back then.
VR, Russ
fightnjoe
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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 02:03 AM UTC
Russ I am glad you like her. I had been speaking to Mike at Cybermodeller to see if I could join his impressive line up of writers. He said ok and asked if I had anything I could forward to him. That build is one that was not posted or published anywhere. He liked it and put it up. I truly love this kit, blemishes and all.



Joe
fightnjoe
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 02:01 PM UTC
Moving right along with this build.

First up is to show ....






I did make it through the attachment of the stabilizers. Once sanded and prepped it was paint time.

After an initial coat of Rustoleum Flat Black the lower fuselage and wings received a bit of Model Master Neutral Gray.



Actually this is after several coats with just minutes between. Then it is on to the upper fuselage. First will be a very thinned spray of Model Master #8 Olive Drab.







Next will be to set up for the weathering. A few coats of the OD to blend things in and then off to bigger and better.


All comments, critiques, and criticism are encouraged.




Joe