WAK 1/33 P-40C
paper model & laser cut frames
Reviewed by Brad
WAK is a Polish
company that makes detailed paper models on a variety of subjects.
This review will focus on their P-40C in British Desert markings
as well as their supplemental laser cut frames.
The model comes in book form with a beautiful artwork of the
aircraft in flight. The text on the inside of the cover is in
Polish so I'm not sure what it says, I would assume a history
of the aircraft as well as some instructions.
There are 4 pages of artwork on construction of the frames,
the interior, the wings, tail, and the rest of the aircraft.
Even if you can't read Polish, it is very easy to follow along
as the parts are clearly numbered and the drawings show where
There are 6 pages
of literally hundreds of parts that make up the model, some
of the pages are ordinary paper, while some of the pages are
very heavy card stock. Some of the parts on the thin paper are
plain white with a black outline, they are meant glued to the
specified card stock, in this model's case, the card is 1 mm
and then they are cut out to make the framework. Other parts
on the thin paper are colored and meant to be glued to the framework.
The parts that are printed on the heavier card stock comprised
the interior parts, wheel wells, as well as the exterior skins
and the rest of the aircraft.
The printing on
this model is well done and completely in register with subtle
weathering and paint chipping. As with any model, additional
weathering such as exhaust stains and oil streaking helps add
to the realism. These models are designed to be built without
the need for painting, but the edges of the paper need to be
colored the same color of the printing to hide the white edges.
Modelers use a variety of techniques including paint, markers,
While these models are designed so they can be built without
any painting other than coloring the edges, I have seen them
built where the paper was sealed and then they were painted
like you would a plastic or resin model, and you couldn't tell
the difference between them.
Laser cut frames
WAK offers laser cut frames for some of their models, and they
are a huge timesaver as the heavier card stock can be tiresome
to cut through, especially the parts that are rounded, the laser
cut frames ensures that those parts are accurate, any deformity
in the frames will show up on the model. The laser cutting was
very crisp and thin with virtually no scorching of the paper.
Paper modeling is something that many of us modelers are not
used to and some even look at it as a black art and are amazed
at some of the shapes paper modelers can get. As with anything,
it takes practice and can be a nice challenge for a modeler
that is looking for a change of pace or wanting to do an unusual
subject as there are lots of very obscure subjects available
Some of the models have canopies available separately, unfortunately,
not all of them do which can be a challenge, either you would
have to try to fit or convert an aftermarket 1/32 canopy if
it would fit, or make a plug and pull your own canopy. Other
aftermarket parts in the 1/32 range can also be used.
A couple of pluses for these models, they are very inexpensive
compared to plastic or resin models, my P-40C cost $10.49 US
and the laser cut frames cost $8.49 US. You can also scan in
the parts, so if you make a mistake, you can print out the parts
as often as you need.
Here is a picture of this model with some additional weathering.
This is the build
of that model with lots of photos showing the progress.
Here is a detailed
of a P-39 from a different company that is a pretty good primer
on building a paper model.