MPC 1/72 P-40
by Brad Hagen
I'm always on the lookout for
older P-40 models at a good price, I ran across this one on
eBay, with shipping & handling, it was less than $10. Not
sure how old it is, still looking for a date stamp.
It comes in a small but sturdy
box, the artwork is okay, but nothing special. Typical of the
time, one side of the box shows an alternate paint scheme and
the other side shows different features of the model.
The model is pretty simple,
the wheel wells are just open holes in the wings and the cockpit
is virtually nonexistent. I'm not sure what the availability
of 1/72 aftermarket cockpits are, I'm not even sure if I could
see that small anymore! The model comes with a pilot, years
ago, pilot figures where bad, this one is worthless. There is
also a drop tank with the shackles which should look nice on
I test fit the fuselage and
the wings together and they seemed to fit together nicely with
no visible gaps, I haven't tried the wings to the fuselage yet.
The canopy is nice, just a little on the heavy side, but a dip
in Future should help its appearance. The detail on the fuselage
and wings is fairly subtle, the rivets are raised when they
should be flush, it will be up to the builder whether they want
to remove them or not.
The model also comes with a
clear plastic disc which is supposed to represent a spinning
propeller, that never looked realistic to me, but maybe someone
who is artistic could draw on at propeller blur. It also comes
with a nice sturdy looking clear stand, I wish more airplanes
would come with these again!
The instructions are easy to
understand, and as can be seen, this is a model that would go
together very quickly.
model comes with markings with a typical shark mouth and the
Flying Tiger decals, and also comes with early US markings.
It also comes with some nice looking tiger stripe decals for
the wings and tail. Kids may enjoy the colorful decals.
If you are looking for a very
quick and easy build, this would be a good model as long as
you keep the canopy closed. By the time you would buy an aftermarket
cockpit, and it would probably be cheaper to find a newer model
with a decent cockpit already. This would be a good model for
kids to start with, especially with the colorful markings.
I am personally leaning towards
building it with the tiger stripe markings and picking up an
HO gas station model and then mounting the P-40 on the roof
as was popular from after the war into the 60s. They were usually
painted in bright colors and were good attractions bringing
people into their station. Should make for a colorful and unique
Recommended for a quick &
fun build or for kids getting into modeling.