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1/48 Monogram/Revell (Monovell) P-40B - Completed pg. 6

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, May 26, 2017 2:38 PM

Ahhhh the power of coco-mug gift giving lol! It's a good mug. The coco was okay lol.

Y'know, I'm starting to wonder who doesn't have this kit in their stash and if we should just have an exclusive Monovell P-40 build-off? Lol. I still need to build that one, last scheme.  ;)

Thank you so very much! I'm happy you liked this build.  :D

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Posted by blackdog62 on Friday, May 26, 2017 2:06 PM

Lol i got the same coco kit with that mug.

Your p-40 Looks great. I also built this kit as a kid back in the mid 70s and have in my stash.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, May 26, 2017 1:10 PM

This build started off like a shot for me, Greg. It just didn't get put down for very long until that accident and then I lost interest. I forced myself to pick it back up and carry on, and I'm glad I did. I've wanted to put some serious effort into this kit for years and I made it! I finished it! Now I'm almost afraid to touch it lol.

I'm so happy that all of you guys like it too. I did put a lot of effort into making it more than average and I'm quite proud of this one.

I still wouln't take it to an event, but I will enjoy it in my collection!  :)

That modulation technique is easy to use and it doesn't take much to master it. I like that it doesn't require color changes, pre or post shading, or immaculate precision to make it work. Just a base color, lighten it, and go again. The more you do it the more faded the paint looks. Then all you do is paint a few panels in a lighter or darker shade to make them stand out a little bit. 

It's easy and I know it will serve you well. :)

Sincerely, thank you, Greg. :D

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, May 26, 2017 12:53 PM

Toshi

You can finally take a deep breath on a well done historical subject with a build that is out of this world.  I wish my builds could only come out as half as good!  This is just excellent.  congratulations on another great build!

Toshi

 

I don't know what to say, my friend. Your work is in a class all of its own. Because it's you who does the work. There is not one person who puts as much love and fun into his builds as you do. Not even I. Apples and oranges, my friend. There is no comparison.

That's why your threads typically get over a million hits in under three months. I rate half as much. YOU are the fan favorite! :D

So don't compare yourself to the rest of us. Not many of us can get the attention you get so easily. Be confident in your abilities and keep loving what you're doing! Oh, and don't forget to try new ideas once in a while. Keep that mind active!!  ;)

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Greg on Friday, May 26, 2017 10:46 AM

Wow, Mike, what a beautiful job you did on this kit and what a great WIP. Sure wish I'd have been following along to comment along the way.

I just spent 40 mins over coffee reviewing this. So many interesting things, the scratched cockpit, that amazing funcitional canopy, the cat-chase accident-not to mention your recovery/repair, it just goes on and on in this WIP.

And you even posted an explanation of your modulation technique which I was wanting to ask about anyway, and made it sound easy enough to try.

Nice work, Mikey. YesYesYes

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, May 26, 2017 9:43 AM

You can finally take a deep breath on a well done historical subject with a build that is out of this world.  I wish my builds could only come out as half as good!  This is just excellent.  congratulations on another great build!

Toshi

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:19 PM

I wish I'd had that information sooner lol. Thanks, Shipwreck. 

That means the British markings are the most accurate in this kit. The tail number is off by one digit, but at least there are pictures of it online.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:05 PM
My reference for 4-8P is "P-40 Warhawk In Action 205", Don Greer 2007, page 9. You are right with your model; according to the photo she has stripes on the rudder without stars on the fuselage. Some of your other markings differ from the photo; but you was not modeling the photo and who is to say that 4-8P did not look just like your model at some point in time. Just for your info, I have a photo of 48-20P with no rudder stripes or fuselage stars, a least at the time the picture was taken!

On the Bench:

     1/48 B-26 Maruarder

On Deck:

     1/48 P-47D Razorback

     1/48 Nieuport Ni-17

     1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

    

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:14 PM

Shipwreck
Mike, you did a great job on your P-40. Thanks for allowing us on the journey with you. The P-40 4-BP is one of my favorites and is thought to be 39-160, the 5th produced. After your build, I went to Michael's and spent $9.86 on another Revell P-40.
 

Seriously? The 5th produced? I couldn't find any information on this exact plane. 

So did I get it right? When they started putting the stars on the fuselage they stopped adding the tail stripes, but the instructions place the stars on the fuse in 1940 before they removed the tail stripes. I made a guess and combined them. Visually I really like it, but it is probably historically incorrect.

Hmmmm... Perhaps I should contact Revell about a commission check, since I seem to be improving their sales of P-40 kits so recently lol.

Shipwreck, you have made my day. Inspiration is my biggest joy and in my opinion the best compliment. Thank you very much! Big Smile

Looks like we will be having even more Revell P-40 builds to enjoy!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:11 AM
Mike, you did a great job on your P-40. Thanks for allowing us on the journey with you. The P-40 4-BP is one of my favorites and is thought to be 39-160, the 5th produced. After your build, I went to Michael's and spent $9.86 on another Revell P-40.

On the Bench:

     1/48 B-26 Maruarder

On Deck:

     1/48 P-47D Razorback

     1/48 Nieuport Ni-17

     1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

    

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:48 PM

wolfhammer1

Mike, it was a pleasure watching this one come together, and if I may echo the previous comments, you did this one proud. Excellent work on everything.  Thanks for sharing.

John

 

Thank you so very much, John. If it wasn't for the support of you fellow modelers, I wouldn't be half as good!

************

Thank you, to ALL of YOU! Without you, this wouldn't have happened!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:44 PM

richs26

Excellent, excellent finish of this kit, Mike.  It is perfect weathering as these were brand new in 1940 straight out of the Curtiss factory.  You are the one who inspired me to get this kit, and to also get two P-36's to do. One is the original AMT kit which will be done as an 18th PS plane in May 1942 with OD, red and white tail stripes, and red dot stars as depicted in Dana Bell's Air Force Colors, volume 1.  The second one is an Academy PH version done as one of the planes flown off the USS Enterprise in February 1941 for Hawaii.  Thanks Mike

 

Wow! Now that's a compliment!!  Big Smile

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:43 PM

mississippivol
Very nice, indeed!
 

Thank you very much, indeed! Smile

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:41 PM

Keyda81

You guys are much too kind! Big Smile I haven't even ventured into scratch building yet, but one day I will.  My biggest downfall is paitence, lol.  But if I set my mind on something I usually can pull it off. 

 

Scratch building always starts off small, with just making some random part look better or adding a missing detail. Soon enough you're replicating things from photos. It can sometimes escalate kinda quickly lol. We've seen how focussed you can get and you always finish a project. Im sure when you're ready you'll have no problems taking off with it lol.

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:20 PM

Mike, it was a pleasure watching this one come together, and if I may echo the previous comments, you did this one proud. Excellent work on everything.  Thanks for sharing.

John

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Posted by richs26 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:53 PM

Excellent, excellent finish of this kit, Mike.  It is perfect weathering as these were brand new in 1940 straight out of the Curtiss factory.  You are the one who inspired me to get this kit, and to also get two P-36's to do. One is the original AMT kit which will be done as an 18th PS plane in May 1942 with OD, red and white tail stripes, and red dot stars as depicted in Dana Bell's Air Force Colors, volume 1.  The second one is an Academy PH version done as one of the planes flown off the USS Enterprise in February 1941 for Hawaii.  Thanks Mike

WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group

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Posted by mississippivol on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:12 PM
Very nice, indeed!
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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:54 PM

You guys are much too kind! Big Smile I haven't even ventured into scratch building yet, but one day I will.  My biggest downfall is paitence, lol.  But if I set my mind on something I usually can pull it off. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:18 PM

mustang1989

 

 
Keyda81

Beautiful!  I have this one in my stash, but I don't think I could make it look half as nice as you have! 

 

 

 

Don't kid yourself Keyda. In seeing your work I'd beg to differ. Cool

 

 

See! I'm not the only one who knows you CAN.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:17 PM

1943Mike

It looks great to me Mike. I think the paint job looks very good indeed. I enjoy seeing some classic warbirds without too much weathering applied.

 

Thank you so much, Mike! The only other kit I built in this manner was my Lindberg Stuka and that turned out pretty well too. 

I may just keep this trend up with these older kits. Wink

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:14 PM

mustang1989

Well hey there Mike! It's been a loooooong time since I've talked to you but I just had to come see this beauty of a P-40 that you've got goin' on here. I'm trying to make it out of the auto section more these days. Everything about this one looks good: Paint, cals, details.....man! Really hit a home run here!! YesYesYesYesYes

 

Lol. I've been watching your builds in silence, my friend. Thank you! Thank you very much! The kit decals went down without a single issue. Kinda weird for Revell decals lol. Just three more to finish up before i pull out another Revell kit from the stash. Lol

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:09 PM

Keyda81

Beautiful!  I have this one in my stash, but I don't think I could make it look half as nice as you have! 

 

You're kidding, right? Keyda, you have more than demonstrated your talent for this level of work. You COULD do this. We just have to convince you of it more, I guess. But you have shown us you have the talent.

Besides, if you build it, we will be watching! There is so much reference material for this kit, its not even funny. Don't make me challenge you! Wink

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:01 PM

lawdog114
Absolutely stellar Mike...
 

Thank you, Joe. I really respect your opinion and I feel pretty honored right now.  Embarrassed

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:10 AM

Keyda81

Beautiful!  I have this one in my stash, but I don't think I could make it look half as nice as you have! 

 

Don't kid yourself Keyda. In seeing your work I'd beg to differ. Cool

 

Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:04 AM

It looks great to me Mike. I think the paint job looks very good indeed. I enjoy seeing some classic warbirds without too much weathering applied.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:40 AM

Well hey there Mike! It's been a loooooong time since I've talked to you but I just had to come see this beauty of a P-40 that you've got goin' on here. I'm trying to make it out of the auto section more these days. Everything about this one looks good: Paint, cals, details.....man! Really hit a home run here!! YesYesYesYesYes

 

Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:33 AM

Beautiful!  I have this one in my stash, but I don't think I could make it look half as nice as you have! 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 3:30 AM
Absolutely stellar Mike...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:47 AM

I was going to wait for some proper reveal pictures, but once again I'm working and I don't know when I'll get to making a base for those pictures, so what the heck, here ya go. 

I used about 95% of the kit parts. The ones I replaced were either too far gone or just plain ol' blah. I really like the mix of resessed and raised details and I will be doing this more often. I'd also like to think that this proves you can still make a good looking model almost entirely OOB.

Also something different I did with this build is the finish. There is almost no weathering on this build. That in combination with the overall solid O.D. paint scheme led me to use my usual modulation technique in a way that was far more subtle than usual. This does make an attractive, although plain, new looking P-40 that is more than just one solid color. I believe this lends it some realism.

This peticular aircraft probably existed, but there are no historic photographs available to prove it. I went with my best guess and a little imagination based one the few pictures available of the 8th PG, 33rd PS based on Mitchell Field NY, 1940. The 8th PG was a training group at the time, so this bird would've been very well taken care of.

So without further ado here are more pictures. [ :)]

She's clean enough to be in Max's museum! CoffeeBig Smile

- Mike Brindos

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