Tiger Model Curtiss P-40 Warhawk with Pilot


James, second in command of Skyway Models, one of my favourite weekend hangouts, put his new H&S Evolution to good use when shooting the details of the “Pilot” on his Tiger Models P-40: love it.

Well done, James!


The P-40

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter of World War II, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

The Canine

The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris when considered a subspecies of the wolf or Canis familiaris when considered a distinct species) is a member of the genus Canis (canines), which forms part of the wolf-like canids and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore. The dog and the extant gray wolf are sister taxa as modern wolves are not closely related to the wolves that were first domesticated, which implies that the direct ancestor of the dog is extinct. The dog was the first species to be domesticated and has been selectively bred over millennia for various behaviors, sensory capabilities, and physical attributes.

Their long association with humans has led dogs to be uniquely attuned to human behavior and they are able to thrive on a starch-rich diet that would be inadequate for other canid species. Dogs vary widely in shape, size and colors. They perform many roles for humans, such as hunting, herding, pulling loads, protection, assisting police and military, companionship and, more recently, aiding disabled people and therapeutic roles. This influence on human society has given them the sobriquet of “man’s best friend”. (I couldn’t agree more, Edit).

(Edited from Wikipedia)



The kit was built out of box with Tamiya thin cement. The dog figure is one piece except the tail, which was affixed with super glue.


The “P-40″



The base color is Tamiya OD Green (TS-28) and Tamiya Light Gray from a spray can on the bottom. Masking putty and Tamiya tape were used to protect the od green when spraying the gray.












Details were hand-painted with Vallejo Model color paints and the kit’s decals were used. The decals are thick but responded well to AK Decal Adapter. Weathering was kept to a minimum: Tamiya Black Panel Liner and Engine Exhaust Wash from AK.





























The Dog Pilot


The dog was primed with Tamiya Gray Primer and detailed with Vallejo model color paints. The shading on the face was done with Mission Models Insignia White applied as a fine-line with an H&S Evolution fitted with a 0.20mm tip: awesome airbrush!





















The figure was shot with Humbrol Gloss from a spray can. A wash of Tamiya panel liner followed by a light coat of Vallejo Flat applied with a brush finished him up.












The pin, buttons, and frames for the sunglasses were painted with the Molowtow Chrome, obtained from a refill cartridge and carefully applied with a fine brush.



Thanks for reading along!



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