There is no need to introduce the P-40, as it is well known for its history and has been a very thankful subject matter in many books and publications throughout. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American, single seat, all metal fighter and ground attack aircraft that first flew in 1938.
P-40 Warhawk was the name the USAAF adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for versions equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C. The name Kittyhawk was given to the P-40D and later variants.
The ENCORE Curtiss P-40E kit is based on the old ERTL styrene. Although an older tooled kit, the surface detail is very refined with very nicely rendered panel lines. Resin parts were added for the intake, top scoop and cockpit so it would help update the plastic and support with the conversion. In the next couple of days I will conduct a quick build of this kit in my follow up blog.
A four page color instruction booklet is included and decal sheet to make a choice out of 4 versions; P-40E, Colonel Robert L Scott, CO 23rd FG, China Summer 1942. P-40E, Colonel Robert L Scott “Old Exterminator”, Assam, India, April-May 1942. P-40E Captain Joseph J Kruzel, Squadron Leader 9th FS “Dragon Flight” Australia, 1942 and P-40E, Captain Sidney S. Woods, CO 9th FS/49th FG, New Guinea, 1943.
Since Encore only had the availability of 400 bagged shots, we decided to make it a very limited rendition and numbered them 1-400. These kits can only be found at Squadron and are first come, first serve. We anticipate for these kits to sell our very quickly, so be sure to move fast if you want to add this historic bird to your collection!
Squadron Products has more kit releases planned this year and the next one up is another one that I’m very excited about that will be released at the end of May. We will only run a thousand of this long overdue re-release so it might not be a bad idea to “mark your calendar” and stay tuned since we have had many requests to bring this one back.
All in all, with this first release, we hope to give some of the older kits a new shot in life. So get it while you can! 400 will be gone in a heartbeat!
To be continued…..