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1/48 Airfix P-40B (WiP)

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  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:02 AM

Hey Mike, the kit is looking good.  Scrolled up to look at your pilot, and am feeling more and more that I need to work on some figures.  Big gap in my skills, and they really help with showing the scale of the subject of the build.

Your figures are all top notch, regardless of scale.  Even when you don't put "the extra effort" into them, they just look fantastic.

Long winded way of saying you are doing a great job, and motivating me to try something new.

Have fun,


Dwayne or Dman or just D.



  • Member since
    August, 2017
  • From: Lexington, KY.
Posted by Got Plastic? on Friday, August 11, 2017 11:38 AM

Mike - 

Sir you have some serious painting skills. Great looking build and I can't wait too see her done. Wonderful work Mike. Bow DownBow Down



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    November, 2013
Posted by bstarr3 on Friday, August 11, 2017 12:58 PM

M. Brindos

Hey, no problem!

Undercutting, or relief cutting, is when you use a x-acto, scriber, or very fine razor saw to score along the edges of the different items on the figure, such as collars, belts, cuffs, etc.

It gives the different objects some much needed depth and separation. When done well it gives a more 3D look to the figure and adds realism.

The bigger the figure, especially 1/35, the more realism you can manage to squeek out of the figure. I don't really bother with 1/72 and in 1/48 there is little you can usually do. But that depends on the quality of the figure and the detail that was sculpted into it. 

These new Airfix figures are pretty well done and detailing them does make them shine a bit more so they are worth the extra efforts.

I hope that explains it well enough.  :)



Thanks, Mike!  I agree that the newer Airfix figures are pretty nice.  I recently completed the new tool dogfight doubles Spit Vb/ 109E4.  The pilot figures finished out decently, even with my minimal figure painting skills. Fortunately, those are canopy down, wheels up, and hanging from my son's ceiling!

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, August 11, 2017 1:16 PM

Thank you, all! Thank you VERY much!! :D

I finished the prop and made some progress on the landing gear yesterday evening.



I've noticed a bit of overspray is getting past my foam pit masking onto my pilot, but I shouldn't have a problem fixing that. I has my ways lol.


- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, August 11, 2017 9:27 PM

I just closed the lid on the Revell/Monogram P-40B for the last time. I just can't bear to work on it anymore. After what I've read about the Airfix P-40B, I can't wait to get my hands on one...or two...or three.

Mike, your build is looking just great!

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:56 AM

Thanks, Frank. I'm looking forward to building this kit again, but I think I have it in me to build the Revel one last time. 

You will love how much of an improvement this kit is over the old Revell though. It's much more enjoyable to build. ;)

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    February, 2012
  • From: Parma, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:47 AM
Looking great Mike....

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





  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:42 AM

Looks great! As usual, your pilot figure is inspiring. I'm working on the 1/72 Warhawk in the Dogfight Double boxing. It's a nice kit, goes together easily. The pilot figure is lacking, the molding looks like he's wearing a feather boa. Did Corporal Klinger fly a P40B at Pearl Harbor? No big deal, it will look fine at that scale and with the canopy closed. I'm going to have to try the 1/48 version.

  • Member since
    January, 2015
  • From: Lacey, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:08 AM

Thanks, Joe!


U.P. I'm going to eventually get that DD kit. That little P-40 really looks cool, and it comes with a Zero! That's a nice combo. :)

The 1/48 is a great kit and very much worth building. As you can see it even looks good in primer lol.

Oh, and Klinger couldn't fly lol! Feather Boa? Hopefully some paint can make it look like a fur trimmed collar lol.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    June, 2013
Posted by bvallot on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 3:04 PM

Looks like you're ready for some PAINT!! =D

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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 3:11 PM

Be nice to see the camo going on this Mike, looking good.

 ''I am a Norfolk man, and I glory in being so''


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