Hasegawa 1/48 P-40E - by Roger Rasor

I built Col. Robert L. Scott’s P-40E ‘White 7’ from Hasegawa’s P-40E kit. In my opinion, Hasegawa offers the best kits to model a P-40E – P-40N in 1/48. Hasegawa’s multi-part assembly does require a little more modeling skill than some other kits on the market, but the end result is a far more accurate model...and, the work involved is not that daunting.

The aircraft was painted in standard Olive Drab over Neutral Gray with US Insignias. Scott referred to his aircraft as ‘Old Exterminator’ although there was no nose art displaying that name. Instead, ‘White 7’ displayed the nose art associated with the AVG and the subsequent 14th Air Force…a shark mouth and sinister eyes. The aircraft also displayed the colorful Disney-created leaping tiger on the side of the fuselage and Scott's kill markings below the windscreen.

‘Old Exterminator’s tail code was painted over with O/D and, as Scott mentioned in his book God Is My Copilot, he sometimes painted his spinner in a different color to confuse the Japanese into thinking there were more P-40s in that theater. When painting the model, I varied the O/D on the spinner from that of the rest of the aircraft because I thought if he returned to painting the spinner O/D, the color would appear slightly different when compared to the rest of the fuselage.

I added an Ultracast resin seat, some Eduard photo-etch details and finished the model using Barracuda Studios decals.
It was a very enjoyable build.

Barracuda Studios products used:
BC48006 P-40E Warhawks - Part 1

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