L. Scott's P-40E "Flying Tiger"; Part One
by Rodney Williams
There has been a real "restored"
P-40E flying around the air show circuit for several years.
The owner had his aircraft painted and adorned with Colonel
Scott's markings. My client wanted me to build a 1/32 scale
model of this aircraft. No weathering to speak of, and that
is ok with me, whatever the client wants, I give it to him as
best as I can!
one "cut-a-way" drawing, plus some photos of the cockpit,
and main gear assembly. As I have mentioned many times, "It
was cut and fit, until it fit and it looked ok to me."
Part one of this story was published
in the IPMS/USA Journal in February, 1997. I had planned to
finish the story but the IPMS editor David Von Almen did not
publish my 8 drawings. When I ask why not? His reply was: "I'M
THE EDITOR." Great! Why should anyone, who spends many
hours on the drawings, finish any story? Without the drawings,
the text and photos don't do much good. Look at the enclosed
drawings, including the technical data, then tell me who is
We had some problems with "Archer
Dry Transfers," for the P-51D "The Duck" which
is being posted on the "ARC"
web site. My client had ordered dry transfers for the P-40E
David did not want me to write
anything negative about the dry transfers, so I said fine, just
print my drawings in the next issue.What I do not understand
about David is: "Why did he print all my drawings for my
1/24 scale P-51D conversion to the P-51B "SLEEPYTIMEGAL,"
(which is on the "LSP"
web site) and not print the drawings for the P-40E? It makes
no since at all. I had a few dozen "preliminary" drawings
for the "DUCK," but I discarded all of them!
If you desire, print out the
drawings, and go for the GOLD!
closely at the color photos of the gears attached to the wheel
wells. All of these parts are put together using white glue. You
will note several .020" diameter white rods put in place.
They are not cut off, nor are they mushroomed over on the ends.
I just wet the white glue and remove all the parts, once I know
everything fits properly. They are painted, and photographed,
then set aside for final assembly. The white rods are then cut
to length, and mushroomed over on the ends.