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Review: 1/48 P-40M Warhawk (Hasegawa 08199)

P-40M Warhawk (Hasegawa 08199)

Intro

The P-40M wasn’t the most famous aircraft of WWII but it did serve in a lot of different air forces around the world. Nicknaming it Warhawk for the US version, Kittyhawk or Tomahawk depending on the version.

This P-40M Warhawk kit has an attractive boxart which caught my eye. On the boxart there’s a very nice shot of a Warhawk about to engage a Japanese fighter.

The Kit

Upon opening the box we find:

  • The instruction manual.
  • A big decal sheet.
  • Nine grey sprues, divided in 2 big sprues, 2 sprues with the wing parts, and 5 smaller sprues. Some sprues have different little sprues combined.
  • One clear parts sprue.
  • Poly caps

Instruction sheet: The standard black and white printed on paper. Clear drawings but the steps look quit busy/crowded.

Sprue A: Different parts with two fuselage parts as the most noticeable. Immediately you notice the beautifully casted panellines. The other parts show great detailing as well.

Sprue B: The upper parts of the wings. Nice lines on these too, but the flaps are fixed and can’t be built in downward position

Sprue C: The underside of the wings. A piece of art if you ask me, very good detailing and very crisp molding!

Sprue E and I: Tailparts and the instrument panel of the cockpit. If you look at this you don’t understand why Hasegawa provides a decal for the instrument panel! This will look lovely when painted.

Sprue J: Tailwings, pilot and some cockpit parts.

Sprue K: Cockpit parts, the pilot’s seat looks nice but misses some seatbelts.

Sprue O: Propellor, fuel tank, nose, bomb and some other parts.

Sprue Q, S and U: Some exhaust parts, wheels and some other small parts.

Sprue V, X and Y: Clear parts for canopy etcetera. These look very crisp, no molding lines on them which is always a big asset.

Decal sheet: A big sheet with options for 2 markings, although there is a minimum of those nasty clear edges they look a bit thick.

  • Option 1: P-40M, 44th FS, 18th FG, Munda, New Georgia Island, August 1943.
  • Option 2: Kittyhawk Mk.III, Flg. Off. Geoffrey B. Fisken, No. 14 Sqn, RNZAF, July 1943

Conclusion

This kit is screaming to be build. With all the great details and the reputation that Hasegawa has this kit will look great once finished!

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