The Flying Tigers, known officially as the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), were a unit of the Chinese Air Force, recruited from U.S. aviators.
The P-40 was conceived as a pursuit aircraft and was agile at low and medium altitudes but suffered from a lack of power at higher altitudes. At medium and high speeds it was one of the tightest-turning early monoplane designs of the war, and it could out turn most opponents it faced in North Africa and the Russian Front. In the Pacific Theater it was out-turned at lower speeds by the lightweight fighters A6M Zero and Nakajima Ki-43 “Oscar” which lacked the P-40’s structural strength for high-speed hard turns. The American Volunteer Group Commander Claire Chennault advised against prolonged dog-fighting with the Japanese fighters due to speed reduction favouring the Japanese.
The P-40C Tomahawk is an early model of the Curtiss Wright P-40 series. The first flight of the Tomahawk was on April 10, 1941. It was equipped with a new fuel supplying system and much more advanced radio equipment. The P-40C Tomahawk’s armament of two .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning AN/M2 “light-barrel” dorsal nose-mount synchronized machine guns and two .303 Browning machine guns in each wing to be inadequate. Of the 16,802 P-40s, 1,705 of them were the “C” type. Currently, only one of these historical craft has been restored and is being kept in flight condition.
Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in light grey..
The exterior of the craft is complete with fully engraved pane lines..
Sports a highly detailed cockpit interior..
Super detailed engine gives the craft a great sense of realism..
The craft is armed with machine guns that are carefully hidden in th forward-facing tip of each wing..
Carefully designed landing gear is an exact replica of the rea thing..
Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..
Length: 7-1/2″ (19cm)
Width: 9-1/4″ (23.5cm)
Height: 2-1/2″ (6.3cm)
One Decal Sheet with Markings for Two Aircraft
1: Curtiss Hawk 81-A2 (P-40C), Robert H. Neale, 1st PS, Jun 1942
2: Cuetiss Hawk 81-A2 (P-40C), Charles Older, 3rd PS, May 1942