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Hasegawa 1/32 P-40E Darwin 1942


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I decided to build this P-40 to depict a P-40E flown in the defense of Darwin, Australia in 1942 when the Japanese were on a roll. It should be a good subject for weathering since the conditions there were pretty rough. No matter what I tried to do the Interior yellow/green just would not come up to the shade it should be in these photos. Please bear with me as my photo editing apps are different now from the one I used to have (lost it when I had to dump everything and re-start my computer. I DO NOT like Windows 10!)

 

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Nice start, I like early war subjects so will keep an eye on this one, my old camera always used to mess up greens so I can sympathise with you.

And if you do not like Windows 10 then definately avoid Windows 11, I have 3 desktop PC's and only 1 is compatible with Windows 11 so I gave it a go but after 2 days went back to 10, it was truly awful.

Cheers

Dennis

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John

Great choice for your build as I have a soft spot for the RAF on Malta during the North African campaign. 

I fully appreciate you frustration and you know me, I try not to get started on photography and post work, as I carried away with myself. 

Regardless of the cockpit color, your front office looks amazing - some mighty nice work

:construction:

 

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2 hours ago, KUROK said:

I read Morehead's book some years ago.  It was good!

He did think the P-40 was a dog, though.

I have his book too and, yep, he wasn't a big fan of the P-40. Especially against the Zero.

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2 hours ago, Spitfire said:

Nice start, I like early war subjects so will keep an eye on this one, my old camera always used to mess up greens so I can sympathise with you.

And if you do not like Windows 10 then definately avoid Windows 11, I have 3 desktop PC's and only 1 is compatible with Windows 11 so I gave it a go but after 2 days went back to 10, it was truly awful.

Cheers

Dennis

It's coming along well Dennis. I hope it turns out like I envision it!

I had to go to Windows 10 when my on line banking no longer worked with 9. If it wasn't for that I'd go back to 9 in a heartbeat!

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10 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

John

Great choice for your build as I have a soft spot for the RAF on Malta during the North African campaign. 

I fully appreciate you frustration and you know me, I try not to get started on photography and post work, as I carried away with myself. 

Regardless of the cockpit color, your front office looks amazing - some mighty nice work

:construction:

 

Thanks Peter. OOB cockpit isn't too bad actually. Not replacing it with some after market stuff saves some $$$$.

I'm still searching the internet for a photo editor app that I like. So far only Canon My Image Garden works but I'm still not satisfied. Frustrating.

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I decided to replace the kit prop, which has slightly narrower and pointy blades, with blades from a Grey Matter prop set for the P-40 (the GM mounting piece had been lost at some point). I had to remove the kit props from the center mounting, drill out some mounting holes, then CA the replacement props in place. Not a huge difference but noticeable, at least to me. The one on the right, in case you find it hard to see the difference, is the modified piece.  🙂

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10 hours ago, JohnB said:

I DO NOT like Windows 10!

I am still running Windows 7 I just run a good virus protection program I had W10 for like a month just to much BS in the background running.That Hase pit looks good on it's own and agree the the fatter tip looks more the deal.;)

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10 hours ago, KevinM said:

I am still running Windows 7 I just run a good virus protection program I had W10 for like a month just to much BS in the background running.That Hase pit looks good on it's own and agree the the fatter tip looks more the deal.;)

Thank you Kevin. I much prefer Windows 9 but have to stay with 10 to be able to keep tabs on my bank account. 🙃

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3 minutes ago, Peterpools said:

John

Win 11 and no different then Win 10 to me. My favorite MS: 98SE.

Nice decision on the prop - looks beefier and more substantial.

:construction:

 

 

Mo betta prop for sure Peter. 🙂

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It's subtle but there's definitely a difference in the prop blades so nice touch there John. 

When I was still at the bank, we had Windows XP on our laptops. The "big " leap was going to Windows 98. This was around 2006-7.  A friend in the tech support dept called me up and asked if I wanted to guinea pig Windows 2000. She said I always found interesting issues that drove IT nuts solving so she thought I'd be great for it. I said sure and soon after had it installed on my laptop. At that time she told I was one of 3 people running 2000 in the entire bank on a live computer ( one fully connected to the bank's servers). No pressure. Lol. 

And yes, I hate Windows 10 nevermind 11. 

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As to reason I switched back to 10 from the shiny new 11 it was the new File Explorer on 11, with 3 PC's I am always moving files around, but the Windows 11 version is not very user friendly or as versatile as the old one.

So after researching the problem and finding a lot of like minded people I switched back to 10, there was a convoluted way to load the old version but I was not going down that path, just reading it hurt my brain.

Cheers

Dennis

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27 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

It's subtle but there's definitely a difference in the prop blades so nice touch there John. 

When I was still at the bank, we had Windows XP on our laptops. The "big " leap was going to Windows 98. This was around 2006-7.  A friend in the tech support dept called me up and asked if I wanted to guinea pig Windows 2000. She said I always found interesting issues that drove IT nuts solving so she thought I'd be great for it. I said sure and soon after had it installed on my laptop. At that time she told I was one of 3 people running 2000 in the entire bank on a live computer ( one fully connected to the bank's servers). No pressure. Lol. 

And yes, I hate Windows 10 nevermind 11. 

Seems to always be some "issue" with which ever Windows we use.

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2 hours ago, JohnB said:

Mo betta prop for sure Peter. 🙂

Your prop mods look very nice.

Those early war E models did come with a narrow chord prop.  So if you wanted to stay with the original and save your resin ones for another warhawk...you could.  ;)

 

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1 hour ago, KUROK said:

Your prop mods look very nice.

Those early war E models did come with a narrow chord prop.  So if you wanted to stay with the original and save your resin ones for another warhawk...you could.  ;)

 

Agreed and I might do that even though I've already mounted the prop assembly to the spinner.

I did some checking in my 2 D&S books on the P-40's and it appears to me the pointy props were mainly on the B/C's and MAYBE some "E"'s but, as near as I could tell, the "E"'s seemed to have the slightly broader props. At any rate I'm going to stick with the broader setup. Thanks for the input. 🙂

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3 hours ago, Spitfire said:

As usual fantastic progress, makes me want to build one myself.

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Dennis

Thanks. I say get one and build it. They are nice kits with no real fit problems and a very low "cuss-factor".

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On 6/26/2024 at 1:08 PM, JohnB said:

Agreed and I might do that even though I've already mounted the prop assembly to the spinner.

I did some checking in my 2 D&S books on the P-40's and it appears to me the pointy props were mainly on the B/C's and MAYBE some "E"'s but, as near as I could tell, the "E"'s seemed to have the slightly broader props. At any rate I'm going to stick with the broader setup. Thanks for the input. 🙂

It does look better with a thicker prop, that's for sure.

Hasegawa never corrected that narrow prop and it really looks wrong on the later marks...like the N.

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I decided to use a stencil for the US Army under the wings. Insignia Blue so I hope it looks "right" after I remove the stencils.

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