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RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« on: May 14, 2017, 02:29:35 pm »
Hi all,
I've never really been a fan of the early, long-nosed P-40s but when Airfix announced their 1/48 kit I decided it looked too good to miss out on. So I bought one and built it using the kit decals for George Welch's Pearl Harbor machine which, coincidentally, is the same markings as AK295, the P-40C restored in New Zealand for oil baron Rod Lewis. I never got to see it fly, although I did get to see it during the restoration. It flew a couple of weeks later:

the exhaust stacks to the top left of the photo are on the DH Mosquito I was standing under, no big deal  :mellow:

Because I was building a restored aircraft it made colour matching/references infinitely easier. AK295 was one of the aircraft covered in top NZ warbird photographer - and my former boss - Gavin Conroy's first book Precious Metal, so I had a bunch of high-quality photos at my fingertips to check various little details. The big cockpit photo was an especially big help.

At the beginning of the year it was almost done, but I had a dust disaster when clear-coating the canopy and windscreen. Cue a long wait for Airfix to get the spares in stock - they then sent the whole clear sprue instead of just the two bits I asked for, thank you Airfix! - and then she was finished. This kit had me smiling quite often because it was a literal joy to build. Beautiful fit, lovely detail, and a good price to boot. Bravo Airfix. Bring on the Sea Fury and Phantom!








She looks right at home with my growing collection of 1/48 warbirds:


I used the kit decals (still need an extra stencil for the tail to match the restored aircraft), Tamiya acrylics throughout (main scheme XF-62 over I think XF-53) followed by Humbrol Glosskote and then Humbroll Satinkote.
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 06:10:36 am »
Great job there Zac  :bow:

I've heard very good reports of this kit
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 08:45:35 pm »
It's a beauty. The only other time I've smiled so much while building was the big Tamiya Mossie.
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 06:02:51 am »
Cheers Zac, I'm seriously considering some of these new tool Airfix 1/48th's
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 01:07:42 pm »
They're excellent value for money. Keenly waiting for the Sea Fury, and to have spare money for the Stuka.
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2017, 03:13:15 am »
Wrong scale, but I suppose it looks OK.  ;D ;D

I'm not keen on P40s either.  Not sure why.  Maybe I got bitten by one when I was a child?

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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2017, 02:36:05 pm »
These P-40s I don't actually like, I built this one because of the Kiwi connection. Give me an E, M or N-1 any day!

All that said, I've heard nothing but good things about the 1/72 version...
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2017, 10:05:12 pm »
"Ideal for beginners"
Thanks Zac, what are you trying to say?
 :o :o :rolleyes:  ;D

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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2017, 01:38:07 am »
These P-40s I don't actually like, I built this one because of the Kiwi connection. Give me an E, M or N-1 any day!

All that said, I've heard nothing but good things about the 1/72 version...

Conversely I quite like the early ones. I may well take a trip to the dark side of 1/48 and get this one. See what you've started Zac ?  ;)

The Airfix 1/72 new tool is a very nice kit.
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2017, 02:42:55 pm »
Nice one Zac that looks spot on. I love the colors and the simple markings, really makes her look like a war horse. Thanks for saying what colours you used duly noted. The 48th scale collection looks great as well !

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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2017, 02:06:27 pm »
"Ideal for beginners"
Thanks Zac, what are you trying to say?
 :o :o :rolleyes:  ;D

 :angel:
In fairness, they don't have the kit-only option up yet as it's being rereleased!

Thanks gents, it was a great build. I have a handful of other warbirds to be finished in 1/72 as well - the 109G Black Six, Glacier Girl, and the Kiwi Spitfire XIV.
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Re: RW - Rod Lewis' restored P-40C in 1/48
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2017, 03:18:27 am »
Excuses excuses.
 :mellow:

One of my 1/72 Furys is going to get warbird livery.
Prolly this one.
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