Warhawk / Kitthawk Mk.III
P-40K Box Art
AMtech, 1/48 scale
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|Catalogue No. &
||MSRP USD$24.98 available exclusively
from Hobby Lobby
or online from AMtech
This kit will also be available in very limited
numbers to international distributors
|Contents and Media:
||65 pieces in long-run injection
moulded plastic; 1 part in cream-coloured resin; 4 parts in clear injection moulded plastic
||The best 1/48 scale P-40K available
tail included; crisply engraved
panel lines; high quality decals; bonus markings for three P-40Es; resin
tail also fits Hasegawa P-40E.
||Some details missing or simplified; some
modelling skills required to cut and fit new tail.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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In common with their earlier P-40E and F/L releases, AMtech has
licensed the use of AMT's original P-40 moulds for their new 1/48 scale
P-40K-5 Warhawk kit.
AMT released their own P-40K kit in the 1990s. This kit
supplied the long fuselage and a separate tail section with the large
fin. The modeller was required to cut off the back of the fuselage and
attach the new tail.
AMtech takes a similar approach this time around, except
that the basic sprues are from their P-40E kit and the replacement tail
is resin. It is worth noting that AMtech's boxing includes the correct
fishtail style exhausts most often seen fitted to the P-40K variant.
However, the most noticeable difference between this new
P-40K and the long out of production AMT kit is the resin tail. This has
been produced by Black Box and is nicely cast in yellow resin. To my
eye, the shape also looks noticeably better than the slightly
oversimplified AMT plastic parts.
There is some light resin flash on the part that will
easily be removed with a sharp hobby blade.
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to view larger images:
All of the remaining plastic in this new 1/48 scale
P-40K is common with AMTech's P-40E, including a number of
redundant parts for different variants.
The sprues contain 65 parts
in pale grey styrene and 4 parts in clear. The plastic on all the AMT and
AMtech Warhawks is noticeably softer than found on most other model
kits, but surface detail is crisp and recessed.
Detail in the cockpit is adequate. Wheel wells are boxed in on three
sides, but the main undercarriage legs are a little simplified.
Supplied stores include two 500lb bombs and a centreline
Some smaller details are missing. These include the ring and bead
gunsight, mirror, whip antennas, fuselage spine navigation light, fuel
dump, fresh air intakes and landing gear indicators. The canopy rails
have also been omitted. All of these items can fairly easily be added
from scrap plastic and other materials commonly found in the modelling
The overall shape and contours are good, but the spinner comes to a
perfectly sharp point. The overall profile of the aircraft looks better
when this part is slightly rounded-off.
In addition to the parts shown
here, AMtech actually supplies two sets of fuselage halves - the original
flawed parts with the step at the rear, and the corrected fuselage
The clear parts are impressively thin and free of
distortion, but the canopy will ride high when in the "open" position.
A vacform replacement will address this problem.
AMtech produces some of the best researched and
presented markings in the business, and the decals for the P-40K are no
exception. Four options are supplied - two from 450 Squadron, RAAF in
North Africa and two USAAF aircraft. In addition to the new decal sheet,
AMtech also includes the full decal sheet from the P-40E sheet. This
sheet supplies some of the national markings for the P-40K options, but
it also offers some other benefits. More on that later.
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to view larger images:
I followed the instructions and cut off the tail of the
P-40E fuselage as indicated. I also reduced the size of the casting
block on the resin tail.
As can be seen in the photo below, test-fitting suggests
that there will only be minimal cleanup, sanding and filling.
I was also curious to see whether this nice resin tail
might fit the new 1/48 scale Hasegawa fuselage. First, I compared the
Hasegawa rear fuselage/tail section with the resin part. I measured from
the front of the parts to the rudder hinge line. The difference was less
than 1 millimetre on my sample. So far, so good.
I next cut the Hasegawa main fuselage parts from the
sprue and taped them together before checking the fit of the resin tail.
The casting plug was a little too wide to fit, so I trimmed it down.
This resulted in a fair fit, but there was a step on the starboard side
of the fuselage. I thinned the inside of the starboard fuselage where it
joined with the resin tail to improve the fit. With this very minor
surgery, the AMtech resin tail mated very well with the Hasegawa main
fuselage assembly. The main area requiring more attention will be the
bottom of the tail where it meets the Hasegawa fuselage. The AMtech tail
is slightly squarer in cross-section, and will need to be sanded on
either side to match the plastic parts.
Some filling and sanding will be required to eliminate
the vertical join line, but no more than would have been required to
hide the join of Hasegawa's kit tail.
AMtech's 1/48 scale P-40K is the only game in town for this
big-tailed Warhawk variant.
The origins of the plastic date back a decade, but the basic kit
remains an accurate and nicely detailed representation of this important
aircraft. The addition of the Black Box resin tail and the excellent
AMtech decals makes this package even more appealing.
Some intriguing possibilities are also suggested by the fact that the
AMtech supplies a full set of P-40E markings, and that the big resin
tail also fits Hasegawa's P-40E.
I'd be tempted to build Hasegawa's kit as a P-40K using AMtech's
resin tail and decals; then build a P-40E from the left over AMtech
parts. The benefit of this approach is that you be able to build a P-40E
without the need to cut the fuselage, resulting in a more
straightforward modelling project. You will have three excellent P-40E
markings options to choose from on AMtech's decal sheet too!
Regardless of whether you build the model as a standalone P-40K or as
a part of a mix and match project, AMtech's big tail Warhawk will be a
worthwhile addition to any Allied WWII model collection.
Thanks to AMtech for the review sample.
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