P40B Tiger Shark Aircraft

This is the 1/48 scale P40B Tiger Shark Aircraft plastic model airplane kit by Revell.

Revell-Monogram P40B Tiger Shark Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #855209
 Revell-Monogram # rmx855209
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Revell-Monogram Item # rmx855209
Features :
  • Shark-mouth nose.
  • Pilot figure.
  • Flying Tigers markings.
  • Detailed cockpit.
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This was the first model I've attempted since childhood, it was simple to put together, the decal for the wheels was a nice touch, meaning I didn't have to paint the small wheels. I did have a difficult time applying the shark mouth decal but once my practice grows I'm sure it would've been easier. I highly recommend this one to any beginners.

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  • Shark-mouth nose.
  • Pilot figure.
  • Flying Tigers markings.
  • Detailed cockpit.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Pieces: 61
  • Wingspan: 9-1/4"
  • Length: 8"
  • Revell-Monogram Product Number: 855209

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"Can't beat the price for a nice P40"
jtanaka300 (jtanaka300@aol.com)
For the price, you can’t find a nicer kit. What’s nice about this kit is the rivet details which other competitor models lacks. The sacrifice for the rivets are the raised panel lines, though. However, you can scribe the panel lines yourself for that added touch. On the wing assembly, the lower flaps can be positioned in either the closed or open position which gives that realism for your diorama. The cockpit is fairly nice and there are two canopy options for either an open or a closed position. As a rare treat, this kit does come with a pilot figure. There are 3 versions on the decal sheet: 1) Curtiss P-40B 8th Pursuit Group, US Army Air Corps, 1940. 2) Curtiss Tomahawk IIA 403 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Corps, Baginton, England, 1941. 3) Curtiss P-40B Pilot John W. Ferrell, American Volunteer Group, Flying Tigers. Don’t expect too much from the decal because the marking colors are off and the decal designs are somewhat sloppy. I suggest you get aftermarket decals if you are seeking that accurate feel.

This was an extremely simple plane to construct if you have constructed other fighters. But i'm not complaining, especially because of the decals. The flying tiger option makes this baby unique. So if you are a beginner, this is a perfect kit to start with. And if u are experienced, it is still great to have one of the most famous fighter planes of the 20th century to add to your collection.

"A classic model of a famous WWII warbird"
pmmaker (Somers, CT)
This is an older mold from Monogram, but it is still a good one. The model includes a well detailed cockpit which features an engraved instrument panel, molded ribs and controls on side walls, a detailed seat, control stick and flap handle, throttle controls, and a detailed pilot figure. Other features include operating wing flaps and the optic gun sight. For an old kit, the engineering is fantastic. The only filling and sanding I had to do was to the wing to fuselage gap. I was able to add exhaust staining through a slight application of Tamiya pastels. Painting was straight forward per the kit instructions. The only negative issue I encountered was a weakness in the landing gear struts. They could not support the weight of the model and I needed to strengthen them with a thin piece of stretched plastic sprue glued to the strut and wing. Intended for a builder in the intermediate skill level, this model can be modified into an outstanding representation of an iconic WWII warbird.


  • #1: "4 8P", Stateside USAAF P-40B. Top: Olive Drab; Bottom: Neutral Grey.
  • #2: "KH o R", Royal Air Force, North Africa. Top: Dk Green/Dk Earth Camoflage; Bottom: Azure Blue.
  • #3: "14", All Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying Tigers", China. Top: Dk Green/Dk Earth; Bottom: Sky.

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