Author Topic: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061  (Read 215 times)

Offline KiwiZac

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Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« on: November 12, 2021, 03:21:03 PM »
Hi all,
This kit was a birthday present to myself in August last year as I love P-40s; had liked the look of the Special Hobby kits; and am a sucker for RNZAF markings. The kit itself has lovely details and went together beautifully, the decals were well-behaved. The only issues I had were self-caused such as losing the correct canopy, and using a too-dark green for the top colour which somehow became even darker under Humbrol gloss. For various reasons I only added the finishing touches - painting the light lenses - today.

But I want more of these kits. It was a delight and, as long as I don't bring myself down by using the wrong colours, I expect the next (I want to get an E to honour a local pilot killed in a training accident) to be even better.

Photo of the real NZ3061 from "RNZAF The First Decade" by Charles Darby:
NZ3061 RNZAF The First Decade Charles Darby by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Special Hobby 1/72 P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Special Hobby 1/72 P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Special Hobby 1/72 P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Special Hobby 1/72 P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Special Hobby 1/72 P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061 by Zac Yates, on Flickr

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Re: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2021, 09:48:27 PM »
Nice! I've been tempted by those P-40s, too. Last time I did one it was the really old Hasegawa kit :)

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Re: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2021, 05:23:59 AM »
Brilliant work on this P-40! The RNZAF markings are great looking, and I think you've nailed the colours.

I've got one of these kits in my stash so it's good to hear that it builds nicely!

Thanks for sharing your photos.

Cheers,

Mark

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Re: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2021, 06:29:46 AM »
Zac,

     and am a sucker for RNZAF markings.

    Shocking! Not like me with most of my subjects having "Canadian content"! Nice Kittyhawk! If I do one it will be in Canadian livery as they wore in the Aleutians.
Cheers,
Lance

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Re: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2021, 11:49:42 AM »
Thank you for the kind words, folks! If you're considering a P-40E-N I wholeheartedly recommend the Special Hobby kit. I see at least two more in my future.
Not like me with most of my subjects having "Canadian content"! Nice Kittyhawk! If I do one it will be in Canadian livery as they wore in the Aleutians.
Cheers,
Lance
If I were to build a Canadian Kittyhawk it would have to be this one, photographed during its NZ stay four years ago (like a fool I never got a photo of her on the flightline with the other two):
dae3d303-c5ab-4cfe-9ae6-49a3553b117c_zpsz3u8jgbo_35644183836_o by Zac Yates, on Flickr

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Re: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2021, 12:56:04 AM »
Nice!  I've been wanting some of these P-40 from SH.

WD

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Re: Special Hobby 1/72 RNZAF P-40K-15 Kittyhawk NZ3061
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2021, 06:46:33 AM »
I want more! They are real gems - another case where I was smiling during the build. The only faults were my own.