P-40E (1943)

Aircraft: Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, serial number probably 40-610, Eleventh Fighter Squadron, 343rd Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force, Adak Island, summer 1943, pilot unknown

Reference: from the Life photograph (above).

Kit: Hasegawa #08079 1/32.

Accessories/modifications: Eduard seatbelts, exhausts drilled out, exhaust heat shield fabricated from styrene card, gunsight from music wire.

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

Decals: National marks from the kit, with 1943 bars added with paint, Tiger head with paint and custom decal by ILJ, Techmod yellow numbers, Barracudacals (BC32006) 'US ARMY'.

Issues: Tiger noseart is a bit off. 'Julia' is speculative. This aircraft would certainly have had block tread tires to cope with the slippery Adak airstrip.

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