This Curtis Aviation
fighter has always caught my eye and imagination. Glenn Curtis¹s design proved
its worth during WWII. In spite of being outclassed by its contemporary
adversaries, it marched on and was the main fighter in service with the USAAF at
breakout of hostilities. The P-40 reputation was gained while flown by the
famous "Flying Tigers" over the hostile skies of China. They achieved
an outstanding kill ratio against a superior enemy. General Claire
Chenault used the strength of the P-40 against the weaknesses of the Zero and
his tactics proved invaluable for the allies.
This AMT/ERTL kit, no longer in production, is a really good representation. It has its shortcomings. The most notorious is the not so well detailed landing gear. There are some fit problems, but nothing that cannot be fixed with a little putty and sanding paper. The level of detail is pretty good, but it needs a new gun sight. I scratch built the one. The gears need work too. The best references are books on this airplane.
I enjoyed building this kit; the color I used was Floquil Desert Storm Sand and RLM76 on the underside. Those were the colors I could match best to the FS numbers called out by the instructions. Well once again happy modeling,
Edward A. Fuquay
Photos and text © by Edward A. Fuquay