Curtiss P-40 and Good Karma

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Curtiss P-40 and Good Karma

Postby sandmanoverhaul » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:14 pm

I have a friend who has been collecting metal aviation models for a number of years. Having worked for the airlines as a pilot, he has acquired a number of airline and aviation models. He has an interest in vintage ww2 models as well. Of all those that grab his attention, he keeps coming back to finding a "Shark Mouth" P-40 Warhawk. In the last couple of years he has been fighting a undisclosed health issue. I do know he is getting regular treatments administered by specialists that are a hundreds of miles from where he lives. This means long days, uncomfortable recoveries, stretches of boredom, searches on the internet and is still unsuccessful with his finding the Shark Mouth P-40 ... until this month.

A few years ago I had acquired a number of vintage cast models from a collector in Australia. All were period cast in either aluminum or brass. A P-38, T-6, B-17, Spitfire and a rough looking P-40. BTW, this P-40 is dead-on to others from Australia except it was left as unfinished brass and not chromed. It may have been considered a "second" and not ever cleaned or plated. Instead it was all but forgotten. It had its share of voids and, typical of the style of that caster, was missing the impressions for the main landing gear under the wings. Lots to deal with but potentially a solid 1/72 scale model. Over the past few months I carefully updated the model by filling the voids, recontouring outlines and adding the landing gear in their raised position. I then building a prop assembly using a brass fishing sinker for the spinner with cast metal prop blades from the parts box. It just so happened that I also located a vintage a cast iron ashtray from the Curtiss shops in N.Y. Though not the high-brow type model with a pentagon metal base, this workman's ashtray was clearly pedestrian and well-used. That would be just the type my friend would want, a momento of the builders out on the floor fitting and riveting the P-40's together. The model was then finished in the manner that a work crew in 1943 would have wanted. It has just enough markings to give it some pizazz.

I let my friend see the model as I was finishing it then let him know that the P-40 was for him. Thrilled as he was, it would have to wait a few weeks until he was back home again. I have it packed and ready for his return. Attached are some pictures of the project.

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Tom Sanders
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Re: Curtiss P-40 and Good Karma

Postby hovermd » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:27 pm

Another beautiful creation, Tom (although it can never be as lovely as the support you've shown your friend).

Well done!!
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Re: Curtiss P-40 and Good Karma

Postby sandmanoverhaul » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:36 pm

Thanks Mark.
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Re: Curtiss P-40 and Good Karma

Postby Toyplaneguy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:13 am

Well Done! I am sure your friend will always cherish this gift. And that will be your reward always!!

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