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Here's picture of my P-40

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Here's picture of my P-40
Posted by dariencharlie on Sunday, February 9, 2003 3:23 PM
Just posting a picture of a recently finished project. This is a balsa/tissue Guillow kit. Could have added some detail but wanted to be done with it. Didn't do a propeller, but as I have it hanging up I like it better without anyway. Imagine it spinning.

Wingspan is 28", 1/16 scale.

Anyone else built this type of kit?

Also, where I might find a 1/16 scale sitting pilot? I did some looking but did not find one.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 9, 2003 4:10 PM
Nice job.
I built A Guillow Piper "Cub" that never survived it's first flight and a Sopwith Camel that survived until I moved. Both were fun to build and pretty good looking too.
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Sunday, February 9, 2003 7:45 PM
I agree w/claymore68 ... a very nice job on that P-40 in 1/16 scale by Guillow.

With it being hung up for display the lack of a prop helps with the effect of flight.

Wish I knew of a pilot in 1/16 scale. I think Williams Bros. used to offer something like that ... but I am not sure of the scale.

I have a sneaky feeling that those "stick & tissue" a/c aren't easy. I have a foggy memory of a smaller Guillows kit in my distant past, I must have been 9 or 10 years old ... I believe it may have been a Piper "Cub" or something like that ... I don't think it ever was completed ... my mother must have tossed it out when I wasn't looking ... or had gone off to school. She meant well, she just didnt' believe that projects could lie dormant for years and then be picked up where one had left off. Shoot ... I have debunked that theory many times. As an adult I have completed projects that have been on and off the workbench many times. I guess perhaps we all have.

How long did the P-40 take you dariencharlie? I have often picked up the Guillows P-38 kit and then returned it to the hobby shop shelf. The P-38 has a warm spot in my heart, my father's brother, my Uncle Carroll flew the P-38 in WWII, European Theater. Perhaps I will pick on up one of these days and maybe even build the darn thing.

Again, nice job and thanks for sharing.


Chicago, IL area

"keep on building 'em ... but don't glue your fingers together"

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Posted by dariencharlie on Sunday, February 9, 2003 8:02 PM
Thanks both for taking a look and your comments. Funny ,FreedomEagle that you talk about starting projects, putting them away. That's what it was with this P-40. I bought and started it about 13 years ago! I had just the fuselage started and then put it away. I don't remember exactly why.

This last summer I got the itch to get it going again and went at it determined to finish it. So I guess it was resumed sometime last August/September and I worked on it pretty steadly until finishing a couple weeks ago.

I've also done the Guillow Hellcat and Nieuport. But in working on the P-40 I decided to get a respirator ( especially because I tried airbrushing the dope, but it did not seem to work well for me; airbrushed the primer but then brushed the colors. ). Also because of getting into airbrushing the plasic models. I got me a 3-M 7000 half-mask dual cartridge respirator with organic vapor cartridges and N95 pre-filters! Yeah dude! It really was nice for when using the dope. That stuff is potent!

I toy with the idea of doing their B-17 some day. Wow, will have to really be comitted to do that.

Thanks again.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 9, 2003 11:12 PM
I've taken on a tradition of building one of these balsa/tissue models once per year. Every year we spend a couple of weeks at the lake/cabin/cottage and I always buy one of these to bring along. The two I've completed so far were a Spitfire and a Piper Cub. Not sure of the scale but they definitely were NOT 1/16. They were the smallest kits I could get (the Spitfire had a wingspan of about 12" and the Cub was a bit larger, maybe 16"?) I put rubber bands in them and fly them all the time when we go to the lake. They're not painted as nicely as your P-40 is, but they sure were fun to build.

Not sure what I'm gonna build this year, but I do know it will be fun!

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Posted by dariencharlie on Monday, February 10, 2003 7:58 AM
That's a great tradition. I did build and rubber band fly one of the piper cub type models many moons ago. That was actually my first of this type of kit. It was cracked up and fixed a couple times. After the last time I fixed it and just hung it up. They are fun to fly. Then the Nieuport and Hellcat done in recent years I went into thinking I'll fly them, but as I was building thought, I don't want to wreck this! So they were just display also. So with the P-40 there was not too much thought to flying it, again jut for display.

Maybe some day I'll actually fly one again after building it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 10, 2003 5:19 PM
Thats really good.

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