This is my first project, returning
to modeling after a 20 years.
The Craftworks P-40C kit builds
up to a nice model but requires a lot of careful sanding, shaping,
and heating of the resin fuselage pieces to get a correct fit.
Most of the build is from the box with the addition of some
Eduard and scratchbuilt pieces to enhance the cockpit and Waldron
gauges were used for the instrument panel. Seatbelts were created
from lead foil and Verlinden buckles.
Colors are standard 1941 Army
Air Corps neutral gray, olive drab and interior green. All paints
are Modelmaster applied with an Iwata Eclipse HP-CS. The scheme
is that of the Ken Taylor's aircraft, number 155, 18 FG stationed
at Haliewa Field on December 7, 1941. Decals are a mixture of
kit and spares.
The scene, a bit of creative
fiction depicts Lt. Taylor being helped with his parachute while
his aircraft is being readied. From research I knew that Taylor
was "part in uniform and part in civilian clothes"
but I didn't know what that meant. Then I actually saw an interview
with Taylor on the History Channel where he said he was wearing
a tan Air Corps shirt and tuxedo pants from a formal party the
previous night, thus the black pants. A modified Jerry Rutman
Naval airman was used for Taylor. The parachute and harness
was scratchbuilt from lead foil and plastic. The ground crew
were created from a range of 1/32 Airfix military figures that
are no longer produced. I bought a bunch of these in the 1980's
to use for dioramas, figuring that some day they might go out
of production. Good foresight though I probably should have
put some money in Apple stock back then.