1/72 Academy Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk Tutorial

Tutorial: Academy 1/72 P-40B Tomahawk – Part 1 – Research

Welcome to our first All About Kits Tutorial!
The idea behind this tutorial is to bring information and ideas about how to build a 1/72 Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk from Academy.

This first part is about research – collecting information about the real object, in our case here, the Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk airplane. As every single project, it’s very important to spend a few hours doing a detailed research in your personal library or Internet and understand the instructions in the kit’s “User’s Manual”.

After all, I’m positive that these actions will make a significant difference during the assembly of your kit. Also, any additional information, picture, examples of other kits, will bring some good ideas in how to add details to your model.

Reference from Internet

The Internet links listed here helped me mostly to visualize the details in the cockpit, instrument panel, flaps position, internal compartments and landing gears – including hydraulic cables installed in the landing gears.

I had a few problems to identify how to paint this model due to the lack of the paint and color schemes. Therefore, these references were very important to create a plan and to get the correct colors to use in the airplane, specially in the cockpit and other internal parts.

Here are the sites that I used for my research:
http://www.p40warhawk.com/Models/Technical/Technical.htm
http://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/p-40/p-40b_walk.shtml

Analyzing the Kit

The kit itself is very simple. It contains only 46 parts (1 is transparent – canopi) distributed in 3 separated sprue. The panel lines are engraved and you can choose the landing gear position and weapons. You will also find the decal card and the user’s manual. There is only one decal option in this kit – the Chinese Air Force.

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