P-40E Umnak June 1942

Aircraft: Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, serial number unknown, Eleventh Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force, Umnak Island, June 1942, pilot unknown - initials: 'J.W.E.'

[June 3, 1942] "The radio operator at Dutch Harbour tapped out a hurried message, 'about to be bombed.' ... To the east, Major Chennault's P-40 pilots went about their morning business, unaware of what was taking place at Dutch Harbour. The jerry-rigged communications system that had been hastily installed between the Navy base and the forward army air field had failed."

Reference: Photos (above).

Kit: Hasegawa #08879 1/32.

Accessories/modifications: Exhaust cold air shields scratchbuilt with styrene card and brass shim, Quickboost resin exhausts QB32159, Eduard Brassin resin tires ED632080.

Paint: Tamiya acrylic, weathering by oil wash and silver Prismacolor pencil, Testor's Dullcoat from spray can.

Decals: Techmod numbers, all other markings painted with masks (Montex MXK32312).

Issues: none.

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