#649 P-40B Flying Tiger in 1:144
Improving the already well-detailed 1:144 AFV Club Flying Tigers P-40B with a scratch built cockpit.
No electronics in this one.
Here’s a quick demo..
The aircraft depicted in this AFV Club AR144S01 1:144 kit was flown by Flight Leader Charles H. Older, Third Squadron, American Volunteer Group, Kunming, China, 1942.
It sports the roundels of the Republic of China, and a “Flying Tiger” insignia that was created by the Walt Disney Company.
To the extent I kept track of this…
|cockpit||Pale Yellow||Humbrol 81||Vallejo 70.824 German Camo Orange Ochre|
|prop tips||Matt Trainer Yellow||Humbrol 24||70.952 Lemon Yellow|
|lower fuselage||Matt Camouflage Grey (approx DuPont 71-021)||Humbrol 28||70.986 Deck Tan + 70.993 white grey ~3:1|
|Matt Black||Humbrol 33|
|upper camo||Matt US Dark Green (approx DuPont 71-013)||Humbrol 116||70.893 US Dark Green|
|upper camo||Matt US Light Earth (approx DuPont 71-009)||Humbrol 119||70.921 English Uniform w/ 70.824 German Camo Orange Ochre ~ 3:1|
There’s no cockpit in the kit, so a little scratch building goes a long way..
Drilling out the exhaust pipes with a PCB drill bit
With seatbelts and a quick paint job and wash:
Time for masking and painting
The light earth camo was a blend
With the main paint job complete and decals added:
The cockpit detail is reasonably well visible through the canopy, but so small it is a challenge to photograph with my old phone camera.
With an antenna aerial rigged and some OPR:
The AFVClub 1/144 Flying Tigers P-40B joins its big brother - Airfix 1/72.