Revell 1/72 P-40K Warhawk






Two aircraft


Scott Van Aken




The P-40K version was a modification of the P-40E. This version had an increased fin extension to help overcome the torque of a more powerful Allison engine. Later P-40 versions cured this by extending the length of the fuselage. Most P-40Ks were used by SAAF squadrons in the Western Desert or by USAAF units in India or China. While the P-40 doesn't get much press as a dogfighter, in the Western Desert it was quite a capable adversary as long as the battle was held below 15,000 feet. There the power of the Allison engine was a match for the DB.601 of the Bf-109F and flown by an experienced pilot, the P-40K was able to give as good as it got. The rugged construction of the airframe was also much appreciated by pilots who were able to bring back badly damaged aircraft.


I'm not really sure if this is a new mold Revell kit, one based on the older P-40E or a reboxed model from someone else. First of all, it looks a great deal like the old Revell P-40E kit. Same do-nut tires, same lack of wheel well detail, same plug insert for the prop and spinner, and same single piece canopy. However, it is engraved, albeit rather overdone. Just to give an example of the engraving the lower flap hinge is a rather grossly exaggerated piano hinge. Not very prototypical. Some improvements have been made in terms of an actual interior with a floor, seat, stick. rudder pedals and instrument panel.

Now I know that there was a P-40K released by Vista some years ago, but not having seen that kit, I do not know if it is the same as this one or not. All that aside, the K version is quite welcome in this scale as it is a version that has not been kitted very often. I can remember using the old Revel kit and building up a fin extension to do a K variant. Not exactly the best job I've ever done, but it was the first time I had ever modified a kit and I liked it!

The instructions for this kit are on the usual RoG newsprint and considering the simplicity of the kit, more than adequate. There are markings for two aircraft. The first is the box art aircraft from 2 Sq SAAF in desert camouflage. The other is a P-40K of the 23rd FG, the Flying Tigers in the same desert colors. I'd recommend some research if doing the 23rd FG version. Decals themselves are very good having been printed in Italy and should work quite well.



If you want a P-40K right from the box, then this kit is the ticket. The heavy-handed engraving will undoubtedly keep some from buying it as will the rather simplistic detailing of the kit. Those wanting an uncomplicated kit will build this one and enjoy it for what it is.

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