P-40 Tomahawk IIB
This is a review of the first
of two new decal sheets from Eagle
Editions. It is designed for use with the Trumpeter
P-40 in 1/32nd scale. Modelers wishing to read a review about
the second release can find EagleCals #73 reviewed here.
Two sharkmouth P-40's from No.
112 Squadron are represented with this new sheet. The squadron
is known for creating the original sharkmouth design on the
P-40 that was copied and brought to fame by the AVG in China.P/O
Neville Duke flew the first aircraft coded GA-F displaying the
serial number AK402. Duke would eventually become the leading
RAF ace in the MTO. This Tomahawk, flown from Sidi Haneish in
November 1941 was finished in a pattern of Dark Earth/Mid Stone
and Azure Blue.
P/O Jack Bartle flew the second
P-40 in October 1941. Carrying the simple code "K",
the aircraft was decorated with some unusual artwork under the
sliding canopy indicative of the pilot's Australian roots. It
is painted in a similar pattern to the above aircraft and identifies
the serial number as AN413.
instructions identify all references used in the creation of
these markings. Color profiles portray left and upper views
of each aircraft giving proper locations for each marking. Photos
indicate that some of these P-40's had the wing roots applied
over top of the fuselage roundels. Though this isn't depicted
on the profiles or detailed in the instructions, it is a simple
modification to trim the fuselage roundel around the wing root.
Stencils are limited to prop locations only as the items on
the airframe were likely painted over.
The decals are printed over
a single page of paper with a minimum of visible carrier film.
Registration is very good with good color density. The markings
are thin and I expect no difficulty in applying them. Different
sharkmouth and eye patterns and are included for both schemes
reflecting some of the differences found on each aircraft. Unfortunately
there are national insignias for a single aircraft only.
Overall, this is another welcome
release from Eagle Editions. These aircraft are very colorful
and will give modelers the opportunity to represent groups that
are arguably less known than The Flying Tigers. I recommend
this decal sheet to anyone with an interest in the P-40 and
its sharkmouth heritage.
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