1/48 Hasegawa P-40E

Gallery Article by Sam Chia on May 4  2009

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This is a desert airforce P-40E.  I found a long discontinued Aeromaster sheet of the RAF “desert airforce” shark squadron at a hobby shop in LA and have fantasized about doing this for a while. Then the Hasegawa kit came out and all my excuses evaporated. The quality of the kit is just wonderful especially since its closest competitor; in my opinion, the AMT kit; comes pretty close at least exterior wise.

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The construction was very straight forward. I was afraid the fuselage join would give problems but it worked out fine after all. There was the typical challenge with the rear scallop windows which were installed after final painting and clear coating, but the result seemed OK. The model was painted with the usual Gunze acrylic paint and weathered with an oil wash. Gunze Sangyo does not have a specific color for the characteristic Azure Blue the desert airforce typically applied to the undersides of its aircraft so some mixing was required.

The amateur photography was done with a Canon XSI with a 100mm macro lens in broad daylight. Hope you enjoy the pics!

Sam Chia

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Photos and text © by Sam Chia