Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M

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Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M

10-CU Warhawk, 191 IAP, Soviet VVS

Model Built June to September 2004

Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M

1.     These photo's show the contents of the Eduard's 1/48th scale P-40M Warhawk that I was given by my neighbour Steve. Steve had had some problems in assembly and had given up. I swapped an old Revell 1/32nd scale Focke Wulf 190 for the P-40M. Steve had given up trying to get the wing to meet the fuselage (more about that later) but had done some assembly and sprayed some parts with a spray can. These two photo's were taken on the 22nd of June 2004. At this point in time I had already stripped off all the 'spray can' paint.

10-CU Warhawk, 191 IAP, Soviet VVS
Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M Close up of the cockpit Underside during construction Note the scuffed paint, dirt and oil stains
2.     The Eduard kit is a "Profi-Pack" which means it is an old Mauve kit with replacement Eduard parts in Resin and Photo-etch. There is a new resin cockpit, wheels and bomb. The photo-etch frame provides the instrument panel, sway braces, cockpit levers, cowling and such like. The model will be finished as a Soviet Airforce aircraft from the Great Patriotic War (World War Two). 3.     By the 30th June (8 days later) these next two photo's show that nearly all assembly had been complete on the model. Here we see a close up of the cockpit. With the spray can finish removed it was possible to get a finer finish with an airbrush. Some simple and delicate detail painting with some dry brushing brought out all the details in the resin and photo-etched parts. The fuselage/wing joints have been filled and rubbed down in this photo. The fit of the kit wings to fuselage were quite dreadful with a major gap in span of nearly 4mm per side. 4.     It was found that when the Eduard Resin rear cockpit bulkhead was pushed up between the cockpit walls that it was sized to force the sides of the fuselage out by enough to nearly meet the wings.... The Eduard Resin cockpit floor was also sized to match. I wonder how the builders of the original Mauve kit got on with this? It leaves one problem - the rear canopy is the Mauve one and it also had to be forced wider and fitted with Superglue to meet the new - wider- fuselage. 5.     A very similar view taken of the model in September 2004 a few weeks after completion. The model has been fully airbrushed inside and out. Full weathering has been applied. Mark figured that the Soviet Airforce may not have kept their aircraft in tip top condition in the bitter Leningrad winters during the desperate fighting of 1943... Therefore it gives us licence to go to town on the weathering a little bit. Note the scuffed paint, dirt and oil stains from the drop-tank drain. All panel lines have been filled with black acrylic to highlight them.
Weathering has been applied Gun smoke streaks A view inside the cockpit All items here are from the Eduard Kit
6.     Other weathering has been applied with Artists Oil Pastels ground to dust on sand-paper. 7.     This weathering includes highlights to panel lines, the gun smoke streaks and exhaust plume. 8.     A view inside the cockpit. This interior was airbrushed the correct colour after the original paint was removed. 9.     All items here are from the Eduard Kit. Just a little dry brushing and some weathering was required for that 'just vacated' look.
The canopy was masked with Eduard-supplied masks The paint chips were applied with a detail brush Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M
10.     The canopy was masked with Eduard-supplied masks although these do not stick well as the adhesive peels off. 11.     The paint chips were applied with a detail brush and metallic paint. 12.     The colour of the spinner and wheel hubs is the same red as used on the BF109's spinner (as seen on this web site). 13. Side close-up.
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14.     The aerial wire is fishing line and it caused me no end of problems as it fell off several times.

15.     Another source of difficulty was the Eduard resin radiator. It did not fit too well. 16.     The streaks of gunpowder back from the cannons and over the wings did not appear to go on too straight. 17.     These pictures are taken with the model situated on an unfinished base. The base has been shaped and a wood dye applied.
Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M 10-CU Warhawk, 191 IAP, Soviet VVS Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M 10-CU Warhawk, 191 IAP, Soviet VVS
18.     When the base is complete, photo's of it and the P-40 will be added to this section. Watch this space.... 19.     ....worth waiting for. 20.     Diorama complete with bucket, bag, and bomb. Note the name plate shown in detail later. 21.     More views...
Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M 10-CU Warhawk, 191 IAP, Soviet VVS Eduard 1/48th scale P-40M 10-CU Warhawk, 191 IAP, Soviet VVS    
22.     More... 23.     The finished name plate in place.    

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