Hawk 81A-2 'Flying Tiger'

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1 week 5 days ago - 1 week 5 days ago #1 by IAN
Hawk 81A-2 'Flying Tiger' was created by IAN
Kit - Airfix
Paint - All enamels & AML vinyl camouflage masks.
Decals - Academy, Kits World 48058, Kit & spares.
Extras - None

Curtiss Warhawk 81A-2
Sq. Ldr. John Van Kuren Newkirk
2nd Pursuit Squadron (Panda Bears)
American Volunteer Group
Burma, early 1942

One of those subjects that I've wanted in the cabinet for so long. When Airfix brought this kit out - like the B-25 - I ordered it directly and may have been one of the first folks here in NZ to get my dirty paws on it. Long-story short, it wasn't an easy build, all the locating tabs and pins needed to be removed from the wings in order to get a proper-looking dihedral, and even now I think it's too shallow, there was also a fair amount of chamfering needed where the root meets the top of the wing. No matter it's all done now and I'm really pleased with it. I found the AML camouflage masks by accident in the Hannants catalogue and bought them without hesitation - d*mn glad I did, because getting the Curtiss factory applied pattern would have been quite tricky. If you haven't tried them for your more complicated camo patterns, I'd say give them a go, they worked great for me - your experience however, may differ. Also first time using Kits World decals... won't be the last, they are superb, reminded me very much of the much-missed Eagle Strike sheets in the way they performed, clarity, register etc.

Not much else to say, other than the wing-fit issues, it's a delight, cannot see me doing another 'Curtiss', but along with the (already built) Defiant, Hurricane and Mk.V Spit, this is a superb addition to the Airfix 1:48 range, looking forward to the next one, (don't tell Frau, but I bought the (early) P-51D this morning in the Toyworld sale aswell). Next from me will be a (very) 'Old Skool' Airfix build, which has already consumed more filler and sheets of wet'n dry than my last six builds combined.

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Last edit: 1 week 5 days ago by Gary.

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1 week 1 day ago #2 by Fritz
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Looking good Ian, bit of a bugger with the wings, that would have been a pain. Great result

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1 week 21 hours ago #3 by Bishop
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Looks really good. I particularly like the underwing weather. The decals have come up very well haven’t they.

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1 week 2 hours ago #4 by grover
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I agree, looks awesome. Do you have to align the wings this way or could you leave it if you're not really fussed? Ive been looking this kit wanting to do one.

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