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 little Warhawk"
kajoe55 (Oklahoma)
I normally like to work in 1/48th scale but my wife purchased this kit for me and I was very pleased. Academy did a great job with this effort as the fit was fantastic. The cockpit is not accurate but gives enough detail in 1/72 scale and you could work to make it better. Panel lines are nice and the final product really looks good. As mentioned, the most impressive attribute of this model is the fit. It could almost be a snap together kit as the vertical stablizers line up easily, the fuselage fits very closely to the main wings (no filling), and the landing gears are strong enough to support the model. I did have a slight problem with the tail gear but it was fixed quickly. Just a general note: When working with the very small parts I would highly encourage you have a mat underneath you. Dropping parts into a carpet can ruin your day. I completed this kit in about 10 hours and its extremely easy to put together and to make it look good. Highly recommended for new modelers or those just getting back into the hobby. Have fun.

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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 (TES8802) (DTM9055)
  • 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 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.

"Great kit"
This Academy version is certainly a high quality piece of plastic with finely engraved panel lies (very fine - care will be needed to keep them alive and well), razor sharp trailing edges and some nice detailing in the 'pit. I'm about half way through building the kit and have encountered no problems in construction - the various parts pretty much fall together with virtually invisible seams and there is likely to be no need for any filler.

"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.


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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