Top Flite P-40E
by Pete Engel

Top Flite P-40E Powered by 1.20 Surpass (4 cycle) 5'6" wingspan ~18 pounds First RC I've built. Now have to buy a trainer to learn how to fly these things! It was a great kit to build, and very well engineered. Only thing I did different was to hand paint the shark's mouth from a photo of the AF Museum (Dayton) P-40E. The kit decal was not very good (low color contrast, and did not form well around the cowl).

I made the P-40 model in memory of a family friend who flew P-40s on photo reconnaissance out of India into Burma and China during WWII. In the cockpit of my model I have an actual APO letter from him in India to me dated August 27, 1944. I was just 7 years old on that day!

© Pete Engel 2002