Airfix P-40B Warhawk in 1/72 Scale

This is the aircraft of 1LT Ken Taylor.  Taylor was one of the few US airmen to get airborne during the Pearl Harbor raid, and was credited with two victories and two probables.  After the war Japanese records confirmed that the probables also failed to return to their carriers.  Markings are from Starfighter Decals sheet 72-135, and went on without difficulty.

All told, the Airfix kits are nice.  The panel lines are excessive, but can be dealt with.  The clear parts were disappointing, I filed down the side rails, removed the mysterious ridge at the rear of the sliding portion, and fabricated the armored glass in the front – and I still don’t like the appearance.  Any future builds will get a vacuformed canopy right from the start.

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