Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

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Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby speedgraflex » Fri May 22, 2020 5:48 pm

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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby Medicman71 » Fri May 22, 2020 6:45 pm

I did a 1/48 P-40 in the same markings.

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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby speedgraflex » Fri May 22, 2020 7:10 pm

Mike! That turned out so well! I am sure there’s a build log here. I would like to look at your choices for color. There is a buddy’s online article I am studying, mainly because he used tan with a mist coat of gray for the “sky” color underneath. Check this out:

http://www.p40warhawk.com/Models/Builds/FloydWernerJr/P-40C/P-40C.htm
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby Stikpusher » Fri May 22, 2020 10:19 pm

Dana Bell did a real good article years ago on P-40 camouflage colors. The P-40B &C camo colors were pretty exact matches to the RAF specs. But from the E onwards, while the desert schemes were identical to RAF colors, the temperate scheme was not. Side you’re doing a B/C type, RAF Dark Earth and Dark Green over Sky is what it should be.
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby speedgraflex » Fri May 22, 2020 10:26 pm

Thanks, Carlos! I was tempted to follow Floyd down the slippery slope he chose, when he went for a “tan belly.”
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby Stikpusher » Fri May 22, 2020 10:31 pm

Long story short, those aircraft were originally built for the RAF, then diverted to China and the AVG. So colors were done to RAF specs at the Curtiss factory in Buffalo
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby speedgraflex » Fri May 22, 2020 10:51 pm

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Colors pulled from the photo - green, brown and grey

Thanks bud! I think this may be a case of Floyd studying color photos similar to the blue winged P-51s. What registers on film taken in natural light is often something else when it’s finally printed.
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby Stikpusher » Fri May 22, 2020 10:52 pm

I suppose so. And I’ll be that Sky can look a bit tannish depending upon lighting, dust, and with the type of film used.
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby speedgraflex » Fri May 22, 2020 10:55 pm

Agreed! I feel that was what Floyd was going for—painted dust, or a dusty weathered appearance, which a tan provides from the get-go.
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Re: Trumpeter 1:72 Curtiss P-40B

Postby Duke Maddog » Sat May 23, 2020 1:06 pm

This will be amazing Bruce! I'm looking forward to seeing this one started.
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