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

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 BOX PACKAGEHi, 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 of kits in my stock.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGI 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.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGThere wasn’t a decal of cockpit panel. There are also no seat belts, so I’ll attach something later.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGBecause there were not any holes in the exhaust pipes, I opened them first of all.
(22-April-2016)

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 MAKINGThe 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.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI 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 aircraft is the U.S. one, but belonging is the British Air Force, so I think I use British interior color.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGBeautiful decal is attached. After all the decal which is not yellowed is comfortable.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGAlmost all assembly has ended. The work of burying some gaps are left.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI am masking the canopy now.
(20-May-2016)

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGAlthough I think there is a little more to do so, I used a solder line as a brake pipe, just put it along with the landing gear.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGFor keeping the brilliant color chroma saturation, I suppose the best is the first base color white.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThe painting of the lower body that I acquired the light and shade to some extent.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThe Tomahawk has a hollow behind a cockpit, and there seems to be colored interior color inside, I masked this area, too.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThere is a small number of parts for airplane models, however, there is a lot of such masking work. But the most difficult point is next camouflage painting.
(23-May-2016)

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI 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.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGWhen 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 stable by the pattern my favorite, but this is fascinating.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGWhether 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, color separation of camouflage seems clear, so I think that’s OK.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGI 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.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 PAINTINGThe third party seat belt amounted, the only left is the finish paint.
(25-May-2016)

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIn the UK, Curtiss P-40 fighters, which was provided from the United States called Tomahawk (up to the C-type).

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThe performance was ordinary but seemed to be able to fight against German Messerschmitt Bf109 on equal terms, except for the high altitudes in North Africa.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt 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) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt was used in not only the U.K. but also Australia, New Zealand, and the Soviet Union, etc. The number of total production is approximately 13,800 planes.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKA fuselage underside is a vivid blue. Maybe it’ll be similar to the color of the sky in North Africa.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKShading and highlights by an airbrush and inking lightly. I felt better paint than the upper surface.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKWeathering around the muffler was not completely satisfactory. I should have painted a little more delicately.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKSmall decals are attached, and a propeller looks realistic.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKIt 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.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKTOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI used the antenna line extra-fine metal wire.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKA marking is RAF 112th flying squadron Tomahawk Mk. IIb AK 578 GA-V Neville Duke pilot airplane in January – February 1942 in Egypt.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKWhen there are kill marks, it seems to be strong. This is fiction.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKTOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKTOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThere are some decals which couldn’t be stuck beautifully. It’s sometimes wrinkled. After drying, the more or less becomes beautiful, but wrinkles left a little. I think, mark softer may be overused.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKI 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 lukewarm water? I’ll use lukewarm water next time and also try a steaming towel.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKAcademy Tomahawk, because the parts are less, the assembly was not too difficult. I wonder it’s still available.

TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ACADEMY 1/48 FINISHED WORKThis 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)

2 Replies to “TOMAHAWK IIB (P-40C) ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER 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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