ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48

Box package of Royal Air Force fighter Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

Hi, I decided to build this British Tomahawk purchased a few years ago. Original in the United States Army fighters P-40, the British military was called this from type A to P-40C Tomahawk, the D-type after the Kitty Hawk. I like this coloring box series kit, maybe many kits include a high quality Cartograf decal like them. I have a lot of this series kits in my stock.

all parts of Royal Air Force fighter Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

I think that parts are rather less and it’s good, and the form is not bad. Maybe I can build it early. Because it became warm these days, I seem to be able to do airbrush immediately to my room window fully open. I try so hard to keep my motivation.

cockpit, RAF Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

There wasn’t a decal of cockpit panel. There are also no seat belts, so I’ll attach something later.

exhaust pipes, RAF Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

Because there were not any holes in the exhaust pipes, I opened them first of all.
(22-April-2016)

propeller, RAF Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

The junction point of a spinner and a nose is shaky, so a propeller was fixed. If a machine gun was just as it is, it’s not good looking, so a muzzle was opened.

Creos WWII U. S. Army and Navy, Royal Air Force aircraft interior color set

I try to use the Creos WWII U. S. Army and Navy, Royal Air Force aircraft interior color set. The mixed colors are delicate working so recently I use only such convenient items. The original air craft is the U.S. one, but belonging is the British Air Force, so I think I use British interior color.

Beautiful decal, RAF Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

Beautiful decal is attached. After all the decal which is not yellowed is comfortable.

almost assembly finished, RAF Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

Almost all assembly has ended. The work of burying some gaps are left.

canopy masking, Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

I am masking the canopy now.
(20-May-2016)

solder line as a brake pipe, P-40C Academy 1/48

Although I think there is a little more to do so, I used a solder line as a brake pipe, just put it along the landing gear.

the best is the first base color white.

For keeping the brilliant color chroma saturation, I suppose the best is the first base color white.

under body painting, P-40C Academy 1/48

The painting of the lower body that I acquired the light and shade to some extent.

making of P-40C

The Tomahawk has a hollow behind a cockpit, and there seems to be colored interior color inside, I masked this area, too.

masking and painting of P-40C

There is a small number of parts for airplane models, however, there is a lot of such masking work. But the most difficult point is the next camouflage painting.
(23-May-2016)

Horizing Masking Gum

I tried to use an interesting masking tool from the manufacturer called Horizing. I think it’s better to be shades of different color boundary for the camouflage painting of the British Air Force plane, this slime-like object turns the shape slowly during my splay work by gravity. A couple of times splaying after dry, the boundary was slightly shifted.

Horizing slime (Masking Gum) was left a little while, I think it isn’t too transformable and becomes stable.

When the Horizing slime (Masking Gum) was left a little while, I think it isn’t too transformable and becomes stable. It’s difficult to make them become stable by the pattern my favorite, but this is fascinating.

painting RAF fighter camouflage

Whether the Horizing Masking Gum can be used when making small area quickly, But I’d like to decide the pattern while seeing the whole balance. Anyway, I’ll study how to use this item effectively. When I see a box picture, a color separation of a camouflage seems clear, so I think that’s OK.

P-40C cockpit

I painted the cockpit panel a moderately fine painted with a brush painting. If it’ll be completed, it’s over a canopy looking, so this may look quite fine.

cockpit and seat belt of Tomahawk

The third party seat belt was amounted, the only left is the finish paint .
(25-May-2016)

Royal Air Force fighter Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48 build and painting to finish

In the UK, Curtiss P-40 fighters, which was provided from the United States called Tomahawk (up to the C-type).

Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) performance

The performance was ordinary, but seemed to be able to fight against German Messerschmitt Bf109 on equal terms, except for the high altitudes in the North Africa.

The shell-proof performance was high, Tomahawk IIb (P-40C)

It has also been frequently used as a fighter-bomber. The shell-proof performance was high and with a strong fuselage, it was popular with the fighter pilots.

Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) was used in not only the U.K., but also Australia, New Zealand and the Soviet Union, etc.

It was used in not only the U.K., but also Australia, New Zealand and the Soviet Union, etc. The number of the total production is approximately 13,800 planes.

A fuselage underside is vivid blue.

A fuselage underside is vivid blue. Maybe it’ll be similar to the color of the sky in North Africa.

Shading and highlights by an airbrush and inking lightly. Tomahawk IIb (P-40C)

Shading and highlights by an airbrush and inking lightly. I felt better paint than the upper surface.

Weathering around the muffler, Tomahawk IIb (P-40C)

Weathering around the muffler was not completely satisfactory. I should have painted a little more delicately.

Small decals are attached, Tomahawk IIb (P-40C)

Small decals are attached, and a propeller looks realistic.

2 x 7.62mm M2 machine gun, Tomahawk IIb (P-40C)

It carries 2 x 7.62mm M2 machine gun in the one side. It is the strong arm of 4 machine guns in total. Tomahawk equipped with a bulletproof fuel tank.

North Africa operation of Tomahawk IIb (P-40C)Middle East camouflage of RAF aircraft in WWII

I used the antenna line extra-fine metal wire.

RAF 112th flying squadron Tomahawk Mk. IIb AK 578 GA-V Neville Duke pilot airplane in January - February 1942 in Egypt.

A marking is RAF 112th flying squadron Tomahawk Mk. IIb AK 578 GA-V Neville Duke pilot airplane in January – February 1942 in Egypt.

kill marks on the side of the body

When there are kill marks, it seems to be strong. This is fiction.

Tomahawk main wingTomahawk on the mirror1/48 scale plastic model of RAF Tomahawk

There are some decals which couldn’t be stuck beautifully. It’s sometimes wrinkles. After drying, the more or less becomes beautiful, but wrinkles left a little. I think, mark softer may be overused.

painting of RAF Tomahawk

I thought it’s better to use the softer from a small amount of weak one, while watching the situation carefully. The best thing is not even in a hurry. What is next time try using also towel or use a lukewarm water. I’ll use lukewarm water next time and also try a steaming towel.

Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48

Academy Tomahawk, because the parts are less, assembly was not too difficult. I wonder it’s still available.

Royal Air Force fighter Tomahawk IIb (P-40C) Academy 1/48 build and painting to finish

This time I used the Creos special color set, WWII Royal Air Force standard color set of Aircraft (Early period & Desert Camouflage). I like the overall color tone.
(29-May-2016)

I am interested in models of tanks, airplanes, ships, military figures, I build it little by little when I feel like it. I am also interested in the history of war. My starting is Tamiya’s Military Miniature series in the elementary school.
From elementary school through university students repeatedly suspend and restart my modeling, it’s about 25 years of this hobby’s history.
Born in February 1970, I live in Tokyo. From February 2007 I was quietly doing a site called “Miniature-Arcadia”. It is being transferred to this blog with the same name from December 2016. My update pace is uneven, but please come to see here occasionally.

2 Replies to “ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48”

  1. Lovely work, man! Have you submitted any of your builds to any magazines? You do really great work!

    1. It is too much praise for me!! But thank you very much. I’ve never written an article because it’s a hobby.

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