by Darin Bellis
Just finished the
cosmetic work on my Aleutian Tiger P-40E, refinished from my
second 31.5" wingspan Airfield
The oversize instrument panel 'hood' was cut down by ¼"
and reshaped. The erroneous cockpit details removed before installing
a new 'floor', a headrest made of Depron sheet and an instrument
panel printed out on my PC, then repainting it all and installing
a reworked Williams Brothers pilot. All of the really goofy
original decals were stripped off, then the poor original paint
job was stripped off with packing tape. The molded on 'guns'
and landing gear fairings were cut off of the wing, the LG mounts
removed and their holes filled, then the leading edge was taped
for durability's sake. The cowl flaps were reworked to something
a little closer to scale, then protected with a layer of packing
tape. All of the trench-like panel lines were filled and sanded
smooth before sealing it all under a coat of automotive lacquer
The paints are Testors enamels, and the camo colors are FS34086
"Green Drab", FS30215 "Dark Tan" and FS36270
"Neutral Gray". The custom decals came from Callie
Graphics. The entire airframe was misted with FS30117
"Military Brown" to give it a muddy/dirty, Alaska
clay look common to the real thing in the sloppy conditions
of the airstrips they were operated from.
Still have to solder a Deans connector to the ESC, bind the
Spektrum AR600 receiver and set the CG and control throws before
I fly it.
(Ed: I asked
Darin about the color of the lettering under the wings as I
have seen it in both black and insignia blue, here's his answer)
The US Army letters are Insignia Blue. There was a lot of squawking
about this a few years ago. Then someone produced several period,
color images of P-39s & P-40s clearly showing the letters
to be blue, not black. IIRC, someone also posted a scan of a
page from the Army's regulation guide from the time which stated
Insignia Blue as well.