Curtiss P40B Fighter (New Tool)

This is the 1/48 Scale Curtiss P40B Fighter (New Tool) Plastic Model Airplane Kit by Airfix.

Airfix Curtiss P40B Fighter (New Tool) Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #5130
 Airfix # arx5130
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Airfix Item # arx5130
Specifications :
  • Airfix Product Number: 5130
  • Skill Level 2
  • Length 202mm
  • Width 237mm
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Spotlight Review

On a positive note, the kit offers a lot of detail, and some options while building. There were numerous fitting problems, especially with the fuselage and wings. The fuselage needed some gaps filled, even after banding and clamping. Many of the parts just didn't fit well; it seems they spent a lot of effort in the detail, but missed out when it came to fitting.

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"not real good for a newly tooled kit."
wayne (Birmingham AL)
I have had issues with airfix in the past, but figured new tooling, hey lets give it a try. Nope!! I will give it a thumbs up on the detail, however that is lost when the kit is so poorly engineered. Instead of making the fuselage halves solid they added long strips on the nose and gun area and they don't fit right at all. the wing roots are separate and very problematic. it builds up ok, as long you don't look too close

"First and last airfix model for me"
jc (Missouri)
Well as others said the two individual panels you have to put on the front of the fuselage do not fit properly and pretty much ruins the build for me considering the defect in manufacturing or design or whatever puts that error right up front and on top. I had no issues with the wing roots though, they were straight forward and fit just great. One thing though, where the heck are the iron sights? P-40 B had iron sights, of course this is a British kit so it appears to be a Kitty Hawk the British flew and removed the iron sights, I guess the designers didn't do proper research. I will finish it but it will end up in the trash heap when I finally find a decent p-40B kit. I hope Trumpeter's is worth a darn.

"Missed it"
marvin_bunting (Topeka,Ks)
Airfix missed with this model. The fit isn't that great and will require some modifications. The wing roots are molded separately and needed to be cut into pieces and fitted piece by piece.The wings are then put out of alignment and needed to be glued in place as they are, no amount of trimming helped with that. The rest of the model was a straight forward assembly. Once it's finished it looks realistic and quite good,except for the wings. I'm going to try another build, and hope that it turns out better. I recommend this to those professional modelers that have the expertise to make the necessary modifications. Those without that ability might find it a bit more difficult to assemble.


  • (A) Curtiss P-40B Warkhawk flown by 2nd Lt. George Welch, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, Wheeler Field, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7, 1941
  • (B) Curtiss Hawk 81-A-2 flown by Flight Leader Robert 'R.T.' Smith, 3rd Squadron, Kunming, China. June 1942

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