Warhawks & Kittyhawks
S u m m a r y
||Eagle Strike 48-147 - Birds
of Prey Warhawks & Kittyhawks Pt.1
|Contents and Media:
||Waterslide decals plus
separate stencil sheet - Decal
sheet plus instructions and notes
available from Aeromaster's website
||Colourful markings; all
markings supplied including stencils (two sets of stencils); perfect register; thin;
minimal carrier film;
by Rodger Kelly
Strike's 1/48 scale Birds of Prey Pt.1 are available
online from Squadron.com
Eagle Strike 48-147 is the first of two sheets
covering the Curtiss P-40 family.
The sheet provides full markings for four machines
from various theatres of war. The individual aircraft are as follows.
43-23194 of the 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group based in the
Middleburg Islands, New Guinea in 1944. Unusual for that theatre, the
machine is in overall natural metal finish but it still sports the white
empennage and wing leading edge theatre
markings. The spinner is yellow and white with a dark blue band and the
fin tip is yellow with a dark blue band. The supplied markings
- The blue band for the spinner. Great move
Eagle Strike as these things are not easy to mask evenly!
- Stylised 34
- Abbreviated serial for the
- Full serial number for the
fin and rudder
- The yellow tip and blue
band for the fin and rudder tip.
- A complete set of national
- The data block stencil
P-40F-1 41-13970 "COUNT PISTOFF"
of the 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group at Gambut, Libya in
November of 1942. The aircraft is in sand upper surfaces with neutral
grey under surfaces with a red spinner. The supplied markings
- Red 95 plane-in-squadron
number for the nose
- The name "COUNT PISTOFF" in
black for both sides of the nose
- Yellow serial for the
- Large white 95
plane-in-squadron number for the fuselage
- US ARMY titles for the
lower surfaces of the wings
- Red, white and blue fin
- A full set of national
- The data block stencil
P-40N (no serial given) of the
89th Fighter Squadron, 80th Fighter Group, India in 1944. The machine
is in faded olive drab upper surfaces with medium green splotching to
the edges of the fin and rudder, horizontal stabilisers and wings and
neutral grey lower surfaces. The spinner is in red and the left hand
side engine access panel appears to be a replacement as it is in a
darker shade of olive drab and lacks the 80th fighter Group's well known
skull nose art. The supplied markings are sparse and they comprise:
- The skull markings for the
nose – a complete one for the right hand side of the nose and the
previously mention abbreviated one for the left hand side.
- White 61 plane-in-squadron
number for the fin and rudder.
- A complete set of national
insignia. The left had side fuselage insignia is partial as the
aircraft appears to have a replacement hatch cover.
P-40N-25 (no serial given) flown
by Lieutenant Joel B. Paris of the 7th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter
Group. The placement sheet advises that the aircraft probably wore dark
green and dark earth upper surfaces over neutral grey lower surfaces.
The spinner is dark blue with a white stripe. The machine also wears
the white empennage and wing leading edge theatre markings. The
fin and rudder also bears a dark blue stripe. The supplied markings
- The white stripe for the spinner
- Nose art consisting of a flight helmeted skull
on a black disk with a bloodied scythe.
- White 7 plane-in-squadron number for the nose
- Pilot's name in white for the fuselage side
beneath the windscreen
- The name rusty in black on a white curved
background for the canopy rail.
- The blue stripe for the fin and rudder. This
marking is also supplied in black. My bet is that the one to one
scale aircraft wore the blue stripes as blue was the colour worn by
the 7th Fighter Squadron's aircraft.
- A full set of national insignia.
The sheet also includes two comprehensive set of
The placement guide is the industry standard A-4
sized sheet and it shows left hand side colour profiles of each option
on the front and smaller upper and lower surface plan views of each
option on the back. There is also a four-view line drawing of a P-40N
showing placement of the stencil data. The placement guide carries a
short discourse on the likely colours worn by these machines and refers
the modeller to the book "Sam's Combat Colors #3" by H.C. Bridgewater
for a fuller explanation.
The decal sheet and placement guide come packed in
a clear plastic zip-loc bag.
The decals themselves have been "Printed in
Italy". Everything is in perfect register and there is an absolute
minimum of decal film surrounding each design.
The recommended kits are the Otaki (they haven't
produced a P-40F or N as far as I know) AMT and Mauve ones. Add the
forthcoming Hasegawa ones to the list. Whilst Hasegawa have not yet
announced a P-40N you can bet your bottom dollar that they will
eventually produce the whole P-40 family following their initial
forthcoming P-40E release in 2005.
An excellent sheet as far as I'm concerned. It
provides full markings for four different machines in a variety of
Thanks to AeroMaster
/ Eagle Strike
Products for the review sets
On-line sales are available from the
AeroMaster Products /
Eagle Strike Productions web site.
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