A.V.G. Tomahawks in 1/32nd Scale, 2nd Squadron
This is a review of the second
of three new 1/32nd scale releases depicting Tomahawks of the
famous Flying Tigers. These decals are designed for use with
the Trumpeter kit of the same scale.
The markings are provided for
two colorful aircraft from the 2nd Pursuit Squadron. The first
is numbered "48" and carried the serial number P-8127.
John Petach and Bob Layher jointly flew the aircraft. Later,
the aircraft would be transferred to the 3rd Pursuit Squadron
where R.T. Smith flew it. The second aircraft on the decal sheet
is numbered "47". This P-40 had an A.V.G. serial number
of P-8134. David "Tex" Hill would fly this aircraft.
The instructions elaborate in
further detail the camouflage and markings applied to the aircraft.
DuPont paints were used throughout and were a fairly close match
to the specified RAF colors. The instructions further identify
the required changes. Modelers wishing further information should
consult Tigers Over China: The Aircraft of the A.V.G. by Tom
Tullis. The decals are based upon this book reviewed here.
Tom's superb color profiles are used to identify proper decal
placement. Profile views also show the correct upper surface
Microscale prints the decals
on a single piece of paper. There are enough decals to complete
one P-40, due to the limited amount of unfaded Chinese National
Insignia's included. The decal sheet does include an additional
box of light blue color if required. I can't comment on the
use of the decals, as I have not tried them for this review.
A close examination of the decals reveals that they are very
thin and in perfect register. The complicated shark mouths are
printed as multiple decals to ensure crisp color demarcation.
The garish shark mouth designs
of the A.V.G. P-40's have guaranteed their popularity amongst
modelers. The Trumpeter P-40 enables the 1/32nd scale modeler
to add this important aircraft to their collections. These new
decals are well researched and will make a welcome addition
to those with an interest in The American Volunteer Group and
the Curtiss P-40.
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