Aussie and Kiwi P-40's

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  1. rochie

    rochie Well-Known Member

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    ok guys have been Talking with Peter (Ozhawk) about an Aussie P-40 for the next group build.
    he is kindly supplying me with decals for an Aussie bird "Hep Cat"
    and a Kiwi bird "Wairohopa Wildcat" see pics below so i would like as much help with references as possible with both these birds please :D
    thanks in advance
    Karl
     

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    #2 ozhawk40, Oct 12, 2010
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    Here one of Fisken and story from Wiki.

    F/O Geoff Fiskin in front of Wairarapa Wildcat NZ3072/19. The eleven flags painted on the nose of NZ3072/19 represent the six Japanese aircraft he claimed in Malaya, the two A6M ‘Zekes’ shot down on 12 June 1943, and the three aircraft he claimed on 4 July, when he was flying another P-40 (NZ3060/9).8)

    Theres an article also here:

    http://www.nzfpm.co.nz/article.asp?id=fisken

    Cheers

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    Karl, Do you know which one you're doing? I have a P-40 in my stash with decals for Wairohopa Wildcat I was thinking of doing, but if you're doing that one I have some other choices.
     
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    i'm definatly doing Hep Cat and was going to do Wairohopa Wildcat as well, but you do it Glenn and i'll do it just for my collection at a later date :D
     
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    A couple of minor things about NZ3072, the White ID bands wernt outlined, the effect is due to the alcohol used to remove the masking tape residue.
    The white outline on the cat (which is on both sides) is chalked for the photo in reality it was black.
    Also the aircraft had a replacement left aileron which didnt have the white ID repainted over it.
     
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    Thanks Karl. Its been on my shelf for years and this is just the excuse I need to build it!
     
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    Fiskens bird has been on my to do list for some time too!!

    Anyone that wants to do it should go for it!:D
     
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    G'day Karl great choice on Hep Cat - looking forward to seeing this one! Here are two shots from the book "Seek and strike" by David Wilson - all photo credits to him and Alan Thompson.
    Some things I've noted that differ to your profile
    - note the colour of at the front of the radiator chin, it appears to be that of the light blue on the spinner. Also note the small "G" underneath.
    - note the top section of the tail is painted and has a white outline. Dunno the colour but this feature was seen on RAAF Kittyhawks to denote the flight the aircraft belonged too, eg a blue top for blue flight etc.

    I'll keep an eye out for any other material that may help.
    PS. sorry for the quality of the pictures, they were taken with my camera as my scanner has out witted me - again!:rolleyes:
     

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    I'm sure I've got an article somewhere on the Wairarapa Hawk
    Is that the same bird, or a similar one from somewhere equally unpronounceable?
     
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    thanks guys, keep it all coming

    Andy thanks for those pics mate, Peter has also mentioned the blue trim on the radiator lip and also on the tail as well !
    as i said to Peter i will do my best on this bird for all you Aussies in here !
     
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    Your welcome Karl! The ADF serials website states the tail trim was black with a white outline. It doesn't look that dark to me, maybe it's heavily faded??
     
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