WIP: P-40E in Brazilian Air Force service circa 1943 (Academy 1/72)

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  1. ArmouredSprue

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    Hi all!



    Let's start a new project. This time will be the well known Curtiss fighter and backbone of the American Air Force in the beginning of World War Two, the P-40E.



    There is an excellent article about those first P-40E's received by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in August 1942 written by Árpád Árbocz entitled: Cores e Camuflagens dos P-40E no Brasil (Colours and Camouflage for the P-40E in Brazil) here - (Sorry! Portuguese text only).



    Basically, the first 6 aircraft to arrive in Brazil were part of Kittyhawk's MKIa lot originally destined to RAF. Therefore they had been delivered in the Temperate Land Scheme.



    P-40E_FAB_023.jpg
    P-40E (US serial number: 41-36132) FAB 01



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    Profile representing the photo above



    Besides that above mentioned link, I will also relay on my most recently acquired book
    P-40E_FAB_021.jpg






    According to Árpád Árbocz author of the above mentioned article, the most probable colour scheme translated to the Federal Standard representation would be:
    P-40E_FAB_025.jpg






    That will be my guideline.

    The Kit

    I'll be using the Academy kit in 1/72 for this project.

    P-40E_FAB_001.jpg
    The box art

    P-40E_FAB_002.jpg
    Sprue 1

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    Sprue 2

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    Sprue 3

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    Clear parts

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    Instructions 1

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    Instructions 2

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    Instructions 3

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    Instructions 4

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    Instructions 5

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    Instructions 6

    P-40E_FAB_012.jpg
    Instructions 7

    P-40E_FAB_013.jpg
    Instructions 8

    P-40E_FAB_014.jpg
    Instructions addendum with RAAF scheme

    P-40E_FAB_015.jpg
    Decal sheet

    For this kit I'll be using this photoetched parts. I'm not totally green to the use of PE's but I'm not an expert either. So I can foresee some dramas along the away! :)

    P-40E_FAB_016.jpg
    The PE set

    P-40E_FAB_017.jpg
    PE instruction 1

    P-40E_FAB_018.jpg
    PE instruction 2

    I also have this amazing FCM decal sheet that I was saving for a long time, waiting to the right opportunity to use it. Finally the time has come for me to start my P-40 series in Brazilian markings.

    P-40E_FAB_019.jpg
    Decal instructions

    P-40E_FAB_020.jpg
    FCM decal (unfortunately discontinued)



    Let's go!
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Cool! P-40's are one of my favourite fighters from WWII.
     
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    This should be good.
     
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    I like the possibility that there will sharks teeth on it too.
     
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    I have started by adding the cockpit photoetcheds (PE). I was a little time consuming but I have managed to finish it without any incident. I used cianocrilate to glue it in place.


    P-40E_FAB_026.jpg

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    That's it for while!
     
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    Nice start. I don't know how you guys use photo etch in 1/72 when I fumble along in 1/48.

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    I don't use it very often. But now and then I don't mind using.
     
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    More PE installed
    P-40E_FAB_029.jpg
     
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    Nicely done, and I agree with Geo !
     
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    Good start!
     
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    Looking nice and tidy.
     
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  18. ArmouredSprue

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    More progress.

    I've painted the interior green and then painted some details in black and dry-brush lightly with aluminium.

    Add the PE seat belts and painted it.

    Finally glued the fuselage halves together.

    P-40E_FAB_031.jpg

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    Also added the PE for the landing gear bay and doors.

    P-40E_FAB_039.jpg

    Closed the sides and ready to putty and sand paper.

    P-40E_FAB_040.jpg

    Any comments?
     
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    Looking good methinks. I like the way you are going to attach the wing to the fuselage. Gluing of the bottom half of the wing to the fuselage firstly , allows to avoid gaps at the wing roots while sticking the top halves of the wing usually. As far as the stabilizers are concerned.. personally I prefer attaching of them before the wing sticking. The tails can be the baseline to keep the correct wing dihedral.
     
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