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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
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Airfix Item # arx5130
Specifications :
  • Airfix Product Number: 5130
  • Skill Level 2
  • Length 202mm
  • Width 237mm
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"Overall nice kit with a lot more detail than the Revell kit."
keyda81
Overall I think the kit is nice. Lots more detail than the Revell offering. No major fit issues, but a little bit of putty and sanding was needed. Decals were a bit fiddly to apply, but laid down very nicely with microset/sol. Very nice instructions.

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Specs

  • Airfix Product Number: 5130
  • Skill Level 2
  • Length 202mm
  • Width 237mm

Includes

  • 106 parts

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"Problematic"
paratrp34
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.

 
"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.

 
"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

Markings

  • (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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