P-40's in USSR
Data Decals has released their
second 1/32nd scale decal sheet for the Trumpeter and Revell
P-40. This new sheet supplies markings for Eastern Front P-40's.
The first P-40B is "White
58" of 20 GIAP. Lt. Alexey Khlobystov flew the aircraft
in April 8th, 1942. On that date he successfully made two ramming
attacks in a single flight displaying his very aggressive nature.
Data Decals states the aircraft paint scheme is speculative.
It was finished either olive drab and neutral grey or in a British
camouflage pattern. White distemper was applied over the base
pattern and was heavily weathered. Alternative markings are
Next is "AH975" as
tested at TsAGI in 1941. This colorful aircraft carries a possible
camouflage pattern of Dark Green/Dark Earth/Sky. The aircraft
displayed remnants of the British National Insignia under the
Soviet Red Star in six positions.
"AH965" was assigned
to 126 IAP near Moscow in 1941 and was flown by Lt. S.G. Ridnyi.
P-40 had the camouflage pattern of Dark Green/Dark Earth/Sky
painted over in white.
"White 75" was a P-40B
assigned to 154 IAP near Leningrad in 1942. The speculative
camouflage pattern was Dark Green/Dark Earth/Sky. A white spinner
is identified by comparing to other aircraft from 154 IAP.
The final option is a P-40E
and it is the sole late variant included. The 1/32nd scale Revell
kit would apply for this scheme. "White 65" of 154
IAP was flown by Maj. Pokryshev. The aircraft was finished in
a pattern of dark Green/Dark Earth/Sky. There were 15 kill marks
added aft of the cockpit.
The instructions provide complete
details for each aircraft. Data
Decals provide a complete listing of all references
used in the creation of these markings. Due to the poor quality
of the original photos there has been some speculation made
in the final appearances of many of the aircraft. Modelers should
consult with these books so as to formulate their own opinions.
Single side, upper and lower surface painting details are included.
Colors are referenced to FS 595b paint chips.
The decals are printed with
a minimal amount of carrier film. The color registration and
density is very good. The markings appear to be very thin and
I would anticipate little difficulty with them, although I have
not had an opportunity to try them.
Data Decals is to be commended
for bringing these markings to the marketplace as they offer
some very unique P-40 schemes. These decals give the modeler
the opportunity to apply some P-40 markings that are far from
the ordinary. It is also nice to see that the early Revell kit
was not overlooked. I recommend these decals to anyone without
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