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Airfix 1:72 P-40B by Kyle Lord for Tim Connelly


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One of the three builds that Kyle Lord is building for me – the 1:700 Dragon USS ESSEX, a scratch-built MIAMI SHIPBUILDING 63-foot PTC and an Airfix 1:72 P-40B as one of the two famous P-40s which got up and saw action on December 7, 1941. This is what he sent me today, “This is the Airfix kit, the black is primer waiting for chromate green not including instrument panel or prop which were primed and painted flat black. I started working on the cockpit last night. The adhesive PE went onto the instrument panel, I folded the PE seat then glued the instrument panel. I don't have pictures but the left cockpit side panel went in as well. It appears I've entered a new realm of tiny!”

Here are five pictures:

 

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Kyle sent me an update on my P-40B build. This is what he has said; “First off, my other photo etch bender stopped pinching the metal enough to bend. I splurged and got a heavy-duty metal one, so far, I love it. A bit pricey but it'll last me a lifetime. I finished the sidewall sections if the P-40 and glued the halves together. I also started the flap wells. Don't mind that short one it gets covered by another piece of brass. The lower wing half went on as well as the horizontal stab and rudder. I got the other flap well assembled and is shown here ready for fitting. They require some surgery to fit in, so I won't glue the upper halves in until they fit properly.”

 

Here are some photos:

 

32822705552_efae6041e8.jpgP40BUILD9 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32822705432_9d4a6f4b9e.jpgP40BUILD10 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32822723462_356e3c5d7b.jpgP40BUILD11 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32822723422_12c11058b5.jpgP40BUILD12 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32169298824_c22552c15b.jpgP40BUILD13 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32169298754_a5dfdc3cff.jpgP40BUILD14 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32169298654_6e4b7f20d1.jpgP40BUILD15 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

32169298534_7ced5909a5.jpgP40BUILD16 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32169298444_8127402cd7.jpgP40BUILD17 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32169298334_33c5ab2395.jpgP40BUILD18 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32169298264_7ba9fb0a0f.jpgP40BUILD19 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Nick,

 

I honestly don't know. I don't ask questions; I'm just glad he's building it for me.

 

Kyle sent me a couple of updates on my P-40B. Here’s what he said, “Here are the brass flap parts for your P40. Tonight I'm hoping to start fitting them into the wing. I plan on taking my time as these could could be fiddly and I'd like to get them to fit as cleanly as possible. I got the first flap well installed last night. This required multiple fits to get it in properly. The first three pictures demonstrate just how much material was removed to achieve this. I actually used superglue to set the wing gap to the fuse, glued in the well, then clamped the remainder of the wing and wicked in Tamiya thin cement.”

Here are some photos:

 

32241212733_34d1bfc8ce.jpgP40BUILD26 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32241212783_30e465405f.jpgP40BUILD25 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33056799825_4c02356aa4.jpgP40BUILD24 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32241212903_0b96933774.jpgP40BUILD23 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32241213093_8a06158902.jpgP40BUILD22 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32930245621_c41ed735be.jpgP40BUILD21 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32930245751_6dd5b547f2.jpgp40BUILD20 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Kyle sent me two updates on my P-40B … Here’s what he said, “I got the second flap bay glued into your P40. This one gave me a little more trouble as I knocked off almost every rib on that side. Here they are re-glued in and checked for strength. I have a few more etch pieces to glue in and seems to fill then I'll be onto primer. Starting working on the fills on the P40. Here is my technique, first I tape around the line to be filled. Then I pack putty into the seams, and wash away with a Q-tip dampened with acetone. Next I pull the tape up and wash the remaining putty off with a lightly wet Q-tip. This fills the gap but leave a small indentation where the panel like should be. On the turtle-deck area I mask for the putty, but don't wash the putty off. This way I can sand it smooth and eliminate the gap.”

Here are some pictures:

 

33111761226_ecef21ebbb.jpgP40BUILD32 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33111761296_40d46b763a.jpgP40BUILD31 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32996926742_a5b38af4e6.jpgP40BUILD29 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33153249855_96f4fa0483.jpgP40BUILD33 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32241212733_34d1bfc8ce.jpgP40BUILD26 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32241212783_30e465405f.jpgP40BUILD25 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Kyle sent me a couple of updates over the weekend on my P-40B and here is what he said, “Chipping along. I'm splitting my time between the P40 and my friends Jug. Can't start one jug until I finish the other one! I got the photo etch wheel wells in place, and prepared the wheel hubs for silver. Im trying the frisket film I got for Saucy, I used a circle template to cut the mask out. Fingers crossed I'll shoot it tonight or tomorrow with silver. Here's an update as promised. I had a little time yesterday to paint some silver so I hit the wheel hubs, prop and gear. Funny the prop is specified as aluminum in the Pearl Harbor color scheme.”

Here are some photos:

 

33278614551_d59c3018a3_z.jpgP40BUILD42 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33251219132_e92c1c5b48_z.jpgP40BUILD41 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33251219152_4ba3efdc77_z.jpgP40BUILD40 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33251219202_7eabc565af_z.jpgP40BUILD39 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33251219282_c66f0a13f2_z.jpgP40BUILD38 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33365678455_76fdff353a_z.jpgP40BUILD37 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33365678515_33e24cef6f_z.jpgP40BUILD36 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

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Kyle sent me another update on my Pearl Harbor P-40B (#155) and this is what he said, “Not much to share but I got the spinner on the prop and filled the underside of the stabilizer and the wing root gap. Will try to get the wing root faired out tonight and maybe clean up the rest of the seams remaining.”

Here are some photos:

 

32583962964_2b876aaf20_z.jpgP40BUILD43 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33426608995_a8ccfa3736_z.jpgP40BUILD44 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33426608985_b03ce196cd_z.jpgP40BUILD45 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33426608955_6156aac4b0_z.jpgP40BUILD46 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33426608925_c3e6743075_z.jpgP40BUILD47 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Kyle has sent me a couple of updates on my P-40B from Pearl Harbor build, here is what he said to me; “Not too bad today for snow. I decided to shoot the fillets with some primer to check the putty work. I had a bit of an airbrush malfunction unfortunately and splashed a drop of primer on the aileron. I'll go back in and re-sculpt the lines when the primer is dry. I don't have a photo but I also blended to the front of the cowling into the spinner. It stuck up about 1/64". I'll get a picture later to show you what I'm talking about. I got a little time on the 40 last night. Here is the spinner blending into the fuselage. I also sanded out my mistake. I took down the rest of the raised detail of both ailerons and will rebuild using styrene or putty, I'm not sure yet.”

Here are some photos:

 

32664898923_aaefda5545_z.jpgP40BUILD55 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32664898843_45d2bd5455_z.jpgP40BUILD56 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33479098065_2ae8eebc59_z.jpgP40BUILD50 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33350878241_8766a7298e_z.jpgP40BUILD51 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33438103786_0712a09c44_z.jpgP40BUILD52 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33350878021_7e055b3d13_z.jpgP40BUILD53 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33323030162_682d252bf9_z.jpgP40BUILD54 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Over the weekend, Kyle sent me three updates on my Pearl Harbor P-40B, and now the RAF P-47 Razorback Thunderbolt. Here is what he said in those updates, “I sanded the fillets, wings and tail surfaces on the P-40. Basically, I'll need to fit the tail gear doors, mask the cockpit and do a minor fill where the flaps meet the wing. Feels like it's just inching along right now, I'm itching to get it into primer and paint. So, I finally got to making a recess for the photo-etch tail-gear doors. Not as tricky as I thought it only took about 15 minutes. I also came up with how I'm going to fix the aileron detail. I used frisket film again to see where the lines used to be, then trimmed away where the highs will be. I'll shoot these with a couple coats of that black primer to rebuild. I sprayed primer onto the ailerons of the P-40. I also painted the exhaust stacks, I'll get a photo of that out later. Because I was doing primer, I figured why the heck not shoot some parts for your 1:72 Jug.”

Here are some photos:

 

33552729795_4142854e50_z.jpgP40BUILD57 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33424046781_e7ec717685_z.jpgP40BUILD58 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33552729695_dfffb8ac4d_z.jpgP40BUILD59 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33424046511_0af648622b_z.jpgP40BUILD60 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33552729555_5e6e799f18_z.jpgP40BUILD61 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33552729475_afe8371c69_z.jpgP40BUILD62 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33552729375_4585677e09_z.jpgP40BUILD63 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33552729305_7acc544644_z.jpgP40BUILD64 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33396053642_6b1351e685_z.jpgP47BUILD by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33511856886_93b02d312f_z.jpgP47BUILD1 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33396053502_736c662b24_z.jpgP47BUILD2 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33396053352_62c7594c29_z.jpgP47BUILD3 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32709357304_d6eaaee522_z.jpgP47BUILD4 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Be warned. The landing gear are a bit too long, so if you install them as provided in the kit, the nose of the airplane will sit too high.

 

Subsequently, if you shorten the the landing gear, be warned that the angle at which the pre-flattened tires sit on the ground will be off.

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Kyle sent me an update this morning on my Pearl Harbor P-40, here is what he said, “I buckled down and masked the P-40. Wasn't as bad as I thought to do. I also glued the rudder back on as I accidentally popped it off a while back. All that is left is to fill where the inner flap meets the wing and smooth over the ailerons. Hopefully I'll be able to shoot some primer after work tomorrow.”

 

Here are some photos:

 

33303658630_491b022d39_z.jpgP40BUILD66 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32844790064_7acb3bcd17_z.jpgP40BUILD67 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32844789924_04321c4181_z.jpgP40BUILD68 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

 

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Kyle sent me an update last night on my Pearl Harbor P-40, and on my RAF P-47, here is what he said, “The P-40 is officially ready for primer. I knocked back my aileron repair with some 1200 wet until the lines felt softer. I carefully taped and filled the flap gap, washed back to the tape with acetone then sanded smooth with 600 wet. I'm hoping to shoot the primer tomorrow, then I'll have to wait until I can get some sky gray from the hobby store to start the color coats. On the P-47 I glued a panel to the underside of the wing. Oddly this panel didn't fit too well and I had to shorten it a tad. I sanded the putty on the belly pan that I applied the other day up to 600 grit wet. I also painted the tires flat black. I actually took pictures yesterday only to see in the pictures my lines were off, so I went back with that Windsor Newton 0000 brush and got as close to the hub as I could. I have a few more pieces to add to the wing, and I have to open up the holes for the rocket tubes and I'll be ready to do more putty on it.”

 

Here are some photos:

 

32889126213_6d2833cfc3_z.jpgP40BUILD70 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32889126133_792374ef56_z.jpgP40BUILD71 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32889126013_6dc0852c1e_z.jpgP40BUILD73 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33573296471_f6c3b8b1de_z.jpgP40BUILD74 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

 

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Kyle sent me an update last night on my Pearl Harbor P-40, and here is what he said,”I shot some primer this evening. The first picture is after one coat, the next two are after a second coat. The panel lines are very, very deep, at first I thought about getting the primer to bridge the lines, but decided against it because that much primer would cause other issues. This is fresh out of the can, I'll evaluate it tomorrow after it's dried and go from there. At the very least I'll be re-scribing the lines where they intersect the wing fillet.”

Here are some photos:

 

33326083120_47f49bc569_z.jpgP40BUILD71 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33553915422_0910367e9e_z.jpgP40BUILD72 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33580943941_1bca40a734_z.jpgP40BUILD73 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Kyle sent me an update last night on my Pearl Harbor P-40 and my RAF P-47 builds, and here is what he said, “Made some progress in the past two days. The P-40 was primed. The first shot is of when it's still wet. I got the remaining panels and gun mounts into the Jug. I test fit the engine into cowling. I also test fit the gear on the plane. Today after the primer was dried, I re-scribed the lines into the top of the wing. I decided to scribe a line on the wing running parallel to the wing fillet. It looked off just having the wing lines end nowhere. Lastly, I took a shot of both your 1:72 planes. Slow but steady they're moving along.”

Here are some photos:

 

33326083120_47f49bc569_z.jpgP40BUILD71 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33553915422_0910367e9e_z.jpgP40BUILD72 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33580943941_1bca40a734_z.jpgP40BUILD73 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33582290092_b1f4304fa6_z.jpgP40BUILD72 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33582290032_21d131c07c_z.jpgP40BUILD73 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32925674923_d530cfca26_z.jpgP40BUILD74 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32925674813_3283a4f682_z.jpgP40BUILD76 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32895933444_0680da86f6_z.jpgP40BUILD77 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33582313502_e7885e3157_z.jpgP40BUILD78 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33582313362_e871294163_z.jpgP40BUILD79 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32895933274_92a4ce0717_z.jpgP40BUILD80 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32895933194_9a1fc54fa0_z.jpgP40BUILD81 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32895933164_54bcb6484f_z.jpgP40BUILD82 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33582338692_197784c5d9_z.jpgP47BUILD38 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32895946434_d9f3a7858c_z.jpgP47BUILD39 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33582338532_b3a5b2c8f9_z.jpgP47BUILD40 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32895946344_8581f4b24d_z.jpgP47BUILD41 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

32895946284_7f74428ef6_z.jpgP47BUILD42 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Kyle sent me an update this morning on my Pearl Harbor P-40, and this is what he said, “I got the gray and OD Green on the P-40. I will try to get some gloss clear on today in preparation for decals. I’ll have to let the clear cure for 3-4 days before I can decal.”

Here are some photos:

 

32931421194_943231324c_z.jpgP40BUILD83 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32931420894_58fbe5ba8b_z.jpgP40BUILD87 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32931420894_58fbe5ba8b_z.jpgP40BUILD87 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33389861170_dbfda1076e_z.jpgP40BUILD86 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33645089511_9f2cc19681_z.jpgP40BUILD84 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

32931421124_4ab72abf54_z.jpgP40BUILD85 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33645264491_ccfa003090_z.jpgP40BUILD88 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

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Kyle sent me an update this afternoon on my Pearl Harbor P-40, and this is what he said, “Here is the P-40, if my test holds up this evening to decal solvent then I can start applying decals. If not I'll give it a couple days to dry.”

Here are some photos:

 

33625250672_c18c75496c_k.jpgP40BUILD93 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33625253462_e3b1e5ffb1_k.jpgP40BUILD91 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33625251352_d5f8dce62f_k.jpgP40BUILD90 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

 

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Kyle sent me an update last night, on my Pearl Harbor P-40, and this is what he said, “
Started the decals tonight. The numbers and red dots will go on tomorrow.”

Here are some photos:

 

32974477184_44356834d3_z.jpgP40BUILD94 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33817791395_24b2995e4c_z.jpgP40BUILD95 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33817791375_00477c7ea7_z.jpgP40BUILD96 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33817791335_9f62367471_z.jpgP40BUILD97 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33432771690_436b4756ee_z.jpgP40BUILD98 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

 

 

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Kyle sent me an update earlier today, on my Pearl Harbor P-40, and this is what he said, “Here are photos of the decals. Solvaset didn't work as well as I hoped but I was more careful applying the 155s. These are some tough decals.”

Here are some photos:

 

33742957862_6c7cb98fec_z.jpgP40BUILD99 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33086304373_f702e1b260_z.jpgP40BUILD100 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33899318235_9fb952d7e3_z.jpgP40BUILD101 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33055964284_ab1646acd2_z.jpgP40BUILD102 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33899318195_bc52433b99_z.jpgP40BUILD103 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33055964214_229d6cfdf6_z.jpgP40BUILD104 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

33899318105_db8eb53149_z.jpgP40BUILD105 by Tim Connelly, on Flickr

 

 

 

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