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1/32 Hasegawa P-40E 23rd FG “Flying Tigers” (Finished)

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1/32 Hasegawa P-40E 23rd FG “Flying Tigers” (Finished)
Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 30, 2019 1:47 AM

I'm back in the "easy on the eyes scale".  I'm taking a crack at the 1/32 Hasegawa P-40E. It's my understanding it's a scaled up version of their 1/48 scale kit, complete with all the annoying inserts. Good times friends.

I'll be doing Ed Rector's 104.  Rector was a 10.5 kill ace who holds the distinction of having the first Flying Tiger kill on December 20th 1941. 

Rector's 104. 

Additions will be Eduard "Look" IP and Brassin resin wheels.  I grabbed a set Montex mask set too. I may regret this though. 

I started with the pit.  It's nicely detailed out of the box, especially the seat.  I made up my own mix of Curtiss Interior Green, namely XF-26 Deep Green, XF-3 Yellow, and XF-49 Khaki.  It's my understanding that Curtiss used the paint shop across the street to mix their paints, and they varied.  I came up with my own version of Interior Green from "the paint shop across the street." 

The seatbelts came with the Zoom set.  They are quite nice.  A brown wash dirtied them up a bit.  The floor fuel gauges got Airscale dials with a drop of AK Gauzy gloss to simulate glass.  I may use this on all my gauges from now on.

How about that Eduard "Look" IP? Holy Cow! I couldn't replicate that if I tried. It's essentially resin that they paint for you, and it's a drop fit replacement where you use the kit gunsight and rudder pedals.  They even simulated the glass. Certainly a step above their PE Zoom sets and worth it in this scale. It's perfect for the lazy modeler like myself.  I see more of these on the horizon, even in 1/48. 

 

Time to tackle those fuselage inserts.  See youse in about a month....Whistling

 

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Posted by gregbale on Friday, August 30, 2019 9:16 AM

Drop-dead gorgeous so far, Joe!

I've got the -K and -M versions of the same kit waiting in the pile, so very keen to see your adventure all the way through.

YesBeerYesBeerYesBeer

Greg

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, August 30, 2019 3:20 PM

gregbale

Drop-dead gorgeous so far, Joe!

I've got the -K and -M versions of the same kit waiting in the pile, so very keen to see your adventure all the way through.

YesBeerYesBeerYesBeer

 

Thanks Greg

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Posted by damouav on Friday, August 30, 2019 5:58 PM

You can call yourself many things, but a "lazy moddler" isn't one. I still can't  get over the detail and realism you acheive with your builds.

Another stellar build in the making, well done.

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1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
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1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
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Posted by Greatmaker on Friday, August 30, 2019 7:23 PM

Fantastic start Joe. Cockpit painting exemplary as always

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 4:39 AM

damouav

You can call yourself many things, but a "lazy moddler" isn't one. I still can't  get over the detail and realism you acheive with your builds.

Another stellar build in the making, well done.

 

Thanks Damian. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 4:39 AM

Greatmaker

Fantastic start Joe. Cockpit painting exemplary as always

 

Thanks Robert

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Saturday, August 31, 2019 9:35 AM

Another stunning office Joe, never tire of looking at your work!

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Saturday, August 31, 2019 10:51 AM

This looks like a nice kit and you are really doing it justice so far with that pit! Nice work I will be tuned in!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 3:05 PM

TREYZX10R

Another stunning office Joe, never tire of looking at your work!

 

Thanks Trey

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 3:06 PM

JacknewbIII

This looks like a nice kit and you are really doing it justice so far with that pit! Nice work I will be tuned in!

 

Nice to have you Jack, and thanks. 

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Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 3:35 PM

A very special cockpit, you must have great patience and a steady hand. 

Yes Joe

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, August 31, 2019 5:51 PM
Those Look IP look impressive. Great paint work as always

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 5:59 PM

Est.1961

A very special cockpit, you must have great patience and a steady hand. 

Yes Joe

 

Thanks!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 6:00 PM

tempestjohnny
Those Look IP look impressive. Great paint work as always
 

Thanks Johnny. Yes, they are totally worth it. 

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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, September 1, 2019 7:46 AM
Fabulous office Mate. Looking forward to the rest of my Favorite aircraft built by my favorite builder. Question; didn't the original Flying Tigers have B (and later) C models of the P-40 and not E's ?

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:49 AM

Oh man, I’ve GOT to get some of those new Eduard LOOK panels!  I’m in. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by richs26 on Sunday, September 1, 2019 11:59 AM

Jay Jay
Fabulous office Mate. Looking forward to the rest of my Favorite aircraft built by my favorite builder. Question; didn't the original Flying Tigers have B (and later) C models of the P-40 and not E's ?
 

The E models arrived about March/April 1942 with the Tigers picking them up in Africa and flying them over to China.

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 fox on Sunday, September 1, 2019 3:45 PM

As Johnny 5 would say "Input, Input". Looks great!Toast

 I'll be watching this build as it's my favorite plane and the plan is to build one after I'm finished with 4 models from the museum that need to be refurbished. Have 3 different kits and lots of AM. 

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   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 3:57 AM

Jay Jay
Fabulous office Mate. Looking forward to the rest of my Favorite aircraft built by my favorite builder. Question; didn't the original Flying Tigers have B (and later) C models of the P-40 and not E's ?
 

Thanks Jay, Yeah they were able to get their hands on a few E models before being sucked up by USAAF. I’m no expert in this area however.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:00 AM

Mopar Madness

Oh man, I’ve GOT to get some of those new Eduard LOOK panels!  I’m in. 

 

Thanks Mopar. Along with Eduard canopy masks, I will now be looking for these as well. If there’s one thing I hate, well two if you count masking canopies, is painting or decaling instrument panels. 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:01 AM

fox

As Johnny 5 would say "Input, Input". Looks great!Toast

 I'll be watching this build as it's my favorite plane and the plan is to build one after I'm finished with 4 models from the museum that need to be refurbished. Have 3 different kits and lots of AM. 

Jim  Captain

 

Thanks Jim, it’s one of my favorite American fighters too. 

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Posted by Josh_the_painter on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 8:07 AM

Seriously just fantastic work. I love the scale. Of all the paint schemes of the second world war, I think the flying tigers pretty much topped it, would be my personal favourite topping the Big Beautiful Doll P51-D. Im looking foward to seeing you progress .

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 3:21 PM

Josh_the_painter

Seriously just fantastic work. I love the scale. Of all the paint schemes of the second world war, I think the flying tigers pretty much topped it, would be my personal favourite topping the Big Beautiful Doll P51-D. Im looking foward to seeing you progress .

 

Thanks Josh, and I agree, there's nothing like the shark nose and it fits that airframe perfectly. Glad to have you.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:22 PM

Sometimes a kit comes along which really tests your modeling skills, or perhaps in my case reminds me how mediocre I am at this hobby. This has been an exercise in my patience so far.  As you may know, Hasegawa likes to use inserts or "plugs" to get more mileage out of their molds.  This would be fine and dandy if they actually fit correctly or landed on panel lines like Tamiya thoughfully does more often than not.  I figured since the kit was large the sanding would be easier.  I got busy and started out by adding the inserts to each fuselage side taking care to make sure the panel lines lines up.   

As you can see this area is a total abomination.  Who ever came up with this idea should be fired.  Lots of sanding, filling and rescribing.  This is about as good as I could get it to look and was pure torture. I still need to go back and add the rivet detail. For those curious, I use the superglue/accelerator trick for most of my gap and seam filling needs.  I apply it with the tip of an old exacto blade which gives me great control.   

The cockpit and radiator fit great. Nice design here.

On to exercise in patience #2......the rear windows.  The idea was great where they used a clear insert and integrated the windows into it, like Tamiya did with their Storch.  The only problem is Hasegawa isn't Tamiya.  Like the tail inserts, they don't fall on panel lines and require alot of careful sanding.  This took hours to make presentable. I ponder, would it have been that hard for Hasegawa to mold two separate fuselages instead of having these turn out like a bondo'ed Buick?

I got it sanded and then added the windscreen assembly.  This was a clever design and fit nice.  The area was taped off and is ready for some primer to check the seamwork.

 

Time for the wings.  More inserts for the machine guns.....joy.   I remember these being a nightmare on their 1/48 version.  I glued them to the top first and made sure they were plum.  I figured I could fare in the bottom later.  These seemed to be easier to deal with fortunately. 

I did have more trouble with the underside seams.  I needed some filler using the CA method.

Wings together.

Test fit.  Looks like there are some wing root issues.  I guess I need to be challenged evey step of the way sometimes.  Or I've been spoiled by Eduard and Tamiya....talk amongst yourselves. 

Here's how I deal with wing minor issues.  It usually works for me.  I use making tape to pull the roots together with lots of tension.  Like a clamp if you will.  Don't worry about dihedral, it will level out later.  

A little glue along the seam....

Let that turkey dry...

Perfect wingroots (usually). I needed a touch of putty at the leading edge. Starting to look a little like a P-40.

I forgot to mention this nightmare.  The wing root fuselage joint is comical at best.  Lots of sanding filling and rescribing.  This took hours to get presentable. I got here and gave up. I truly have no idea what they were thinking. Perhaps it's just a difficult area to recreate on a scale model of a P-40.  After Primer I may have to go back and touch up more. 

Looks ok from afar......

I ordered the AK Real Colors RAF day scheme paints.  I look forward to trying these out on this kit.  

 

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Posted by damouav on Thursday, September 5, 2019 3:39 AM

I here you loud and clear regrading the "problem" projects. But as the old saying gose "You cant polish a turd but you can cover it in glitter".

Your doing a great job, you are the model king! All hail the king....

In Progress
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
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Posted by fox on Thursday, September 5, 2019 8:53 PM

Outstanding work!!! I'm learning a lot from this. Yes

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Friday, September 6, 2019 3:03 PM

Nicely done Joe, I appreciate what that took to get right . Makes it nice to get a good fitting kit after dealing with that kind of surgery.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, September 6, 2019 4:31 PM

Oh man.  They make you chop the fuselage?!  Shame, shame Hasegawa. Just think of how much satisfaction you’ll get when you look at the final product!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Saturday, September 7, 2019 2:11 AM

damouav

I here you loud and clear regrading the "problem" projects. But as the old saying gose "You cant polish a turd but you can cover it in glitter".

Your ding a great job, you are the model king! All hail the king....

 

Thanks Damian.  Actually they did polish a turd on Mythbusters I believe. Don‘t know about the king part, more like court jester... 

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