P-40E Warhawk

This is the Academy Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk 1/72 scale plastic model airplane kit.

Academy P-40E Warhawk Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12468
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 5.20" (13.2cm)
  • Wingspan: 6.22" (15.8cm)
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"Great model"
kennethlinger (Raleigh, NC)
I built this model with some Eduard photo etch and masking kit extras. What a fun build. I'm thinking of buying another one using some after market decals from cartogragh. Academy's decals sometimes will not activate on decal setting solutions.

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  • Detailed 1/72nd scale kit for static display only.
  • 59 parts in light grey and clear with fine recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed wheel wells and landing gear.
  • Multi part canopy may be posed open or closed.
  • Cockpit: features instrument panel, seat, control stick and floo rear armour plate.
  • One drop tank and one bomb included.
  • Detailed nose radiator assembly and exhaust stacks are separate t facilitate painting..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 5.20" (13.2cm)
  • Wingspan: 6.22" (15.8cm)


One 1/72 Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk Plastic Aircraft Kit

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Modeling Knife (EXL16001) (XACX3627) (EXL16018)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Liquid Plastic Cement - for major components (Testors, TENAX 7R)
  • White Glue - for clear parts (Odourless CA or TENAX 7R)
  • Thick Plastic Cement - for detail parts (CA or Tube Type)
  • Nice-to-Have Tools: Needle File Set, Sprue Cutter (see XURON), and Airbrush.
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"Great Kit in every way"
Jansson2004 (New England)
this kit was incredible. all of the pieces fit beautifully. I had no issues with fit or problems with the instructions. it was easy to paint and it was a quick build. the only issue I had was the large nose decal was difficult to fit. other than that, flawless.

"Great kit, so-so decals"
Almost everything about this kit is perfect. The fit is perfect. The finely engraved detail in the cockpit and panel lines is perfect. The landing gear is solid. Even the tiniest parts, like the landing gear doors, go on easily; the tail planes and wings fit onto the fuselage with a snap, and the glue is only there as insurance. I enjoyed building this kit so much I ordered another Academy Kittyhawk. (Both this and the P-40M/N kit are essentially the same, only the fuselage is different. Both kits contain alternate canopies, bombs, and drop-tanks for whatever version you prefer). The painting instructions were a bit generic, but generally accurate. The decals look quite good on the sheet, but are a bit thick and require some careful attention to get them right. I used the RAAF option and didn't have too much trouble, but that giant tiger head decal looks tricky.

"Great Model for the Price"
Fairly easy model to assembly. I choose to use the decals for the one with the big tigers on the front. Recommend placing them before putting the prop and exhaust stacks on. I choose to model this plane inflight so I built the gear retracted. No instructions on how to do this included but it's pretty easy to figure out. FYI, this kit does not include any pilot figures. The trees also include a lot of parts that aren't used (extra windows and fairings). This was my first attempt at weathering a model and it was a nice simple kit to try it out on.


The Curtiss P-40 was the only USAAF fighter available in quantity when the US entered WWII in 1941. By that time, the aircraft was almost obsolete compared to its adversaries but soldiered on throughout the war as various improvements were made in its design. The P-40E gained fame through its use by Gen Claire Chennault's Flying Tigers in China but the aircraft also saw service across the globe from Alaska to N. Africa.


  • One decal sheet with markings for 3 aircraft
  • 1: P-40E, 49, 11th FS/343rd FG, USAAF, Aleutian Islands, 1942
  • 2: P-40E, ET601 "Texas Longhorns", 1st Lt John D Landers, 9th FS/49th FG, USAAF, New Guinea, 1942
  • 3: P-40E, "U", Sqdn Ldr Richard Cresswell, 77 Sqdn, RAAF, New Guinea
  • Airframe Colors
  • 1: Overall Olive Drab with Neutral Grey undersides
  • 2 & 3: Dk Earth/Dk Green camouflage w/Sky Grey undersides
  • Detail Colors: Flat: Interior Green, Black, Yellow, Red, Blue, Khaki, Tan, Brown Gloss: Silver

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