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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk.
Another addition to my collection of LEGO 1:40 Aircraft models : Curtis P-40 Warhawk.
About this creation
The major challenge of this model, was to make a suitable spinner for the propeller. At this scale there are no cones with the right measures available, and I`m not a big fan of modifying LEGO-parts, nor using non LEGO pieces. But after some trial and error, I made up this sandwich of a Minifig weight, a 2x2 round plate and a Technic gear together with a painted propeler hub, especially from a distance, it looks allright.
Another issue was to get the correct dihedral angle of the mainwing. So I have reused the same technique as for my OS2U Kingfisher; The wings are hinged at the correct angle and part of the wing structure protrudes into the aircraft fuselage and locks the wings securely so that they do not tilt up or down. This also gave the advantage that I could build the wings with a fine smooth surface and a nicely curved leading edge, but it also meant I had to sacrifice the correct leading edge angle. This angle is quite small on this plane, so I can live with that.

The color choice is not entirely in accordance with any original color scheme, but not very far from what can be found on photos when you Google the P-40.

The decals I`ve used this time are made using same technique as Sven Jagdmann uses for his Cars and Fire vehicles; Plain printer paper, printed with whatever is needed, and then covered with clear adhesive tape. The decals are cut to proper size, and applyed with a gluestick. Make sure to add glue to all edges. Waterslide decals looks great for a couple of months, then they start to dry out and peel off.


History:

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service.

P-40 Warhawk (7)

The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war.

P-40 Warhawk (2)

It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

P-40 Warhawk (4)

P-40 Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s.

P-40 Warhawk (5)

The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

P-40 Warhawk (9)

P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941.

P-40 Warhawk (10)

No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the "shark mouth" logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters.

P-40 Warhawk (12)

General characteristic:
Crew: 1 pilot
Length: 31.67 ft (9.66 m
Wingspan: 37.33 ft (11.38 m)
Height: 12.33 ft (3.76 m)
Wing area: 235.94 ft² (21.92 m²)
Empty weight: 6,070 lb (2,753 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 8,810 lb (4,000 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Allison V-1710-39 liquid-cooled V12 engine, 1,150 hp (858 kW)

P-40 Warhawk (15)

Performance
Maximum speed: 360 mph (310 kn, 580 km/h)
Range: 650 mi (560 nmi, 1,100 km)
Service ceiling: 29,000 ft (8,800 m)

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Armament
Guns: 6 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns with 235 rounds per gun in the wings
Bombs: 250 to 1,000 lb (110 to 450 kg) bombs to a total of 2,000 lb (907 kg) on three hardpoints (one under the fuselage and two underwing)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And finally a LDD Picture showing the inner Construction to add a dihidral angle to the mainwings.



Praise and criticism is always welcome

Edit 12 July 2015:



It really made me happy, when I found an invite for my P-40 to TheLegoCarBlog Group on Flikr this morning.



Comments

 I made it 
  March 13, 2018
Quoting Brick Designers As a fan of WWII planes, this is excellent work, you captured the lines of this amazing plane. Great job!
Thank you very much Brick Designers! I`m glad you like it!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2018
As a fan of WWII planes, this is excellent work, you captured the lines of this amazing plane. Great job!
 I made it 
  November 7, 2017
Quoting Mark B. Wow! What a great model, especially with the stickers. The Warhawk doesn't get enough respect, in my opinion. It had a great service record, and in terms of looks, I think it beats most of the other US WWII fighters, except for the Corsair.
Thank you very much Mark! You`re absolutely right, it is indeed underrated compared to other fighter planes of the same era, but for me it is still one of the coolest WWII aircrafts.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2017
Wow! What a great model, especially with the stickers. The Warhawk doesn't get enough respect, in my opinion. It had a great service record, and in terms of looks, I think it beats most of the other US WWII fighters, except for the Corsair.
 I made it 
  February 13, 2017
Quoting Bodi Wang good,job on this legendary wwii plane, the camouflage is very well done, the stickers too
Thank you Bodi Wang! Recently I`ve made a new set of stickers for this plane. I wasn`t happy with the background colour of the stickers for the tan pieces. Now I just need to find time for applying them!
 I like it 
  February 13, 2017
good,job on this legendary wwii plane, the camouflage is very well done, the stickers too
 I made it 
  January 30, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great Warhawk! The proportions and details are perfect. I love the shark's mouth too: Nice addition!
Thank you Kurt, your comment is very much appreciated!
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  January 29, 2017
Great Warhawk! The proportions and details are perfect. I love the shark's mouth too: Nice addition!
 I made it 
  June 18, 2016
Quoting Darman Skirta dang! that's ammazing
Thank you Darman Skirta!
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  June 17, 2016
dang! that's ammazing
 I made it 
  November 11, 2015
Quoting Ramon Caselles Ginestar Que chulada de avioneta, me gusta.:D
Muchas gracias por el comentario!
 I like it 
  November 10, 2015
Que chulada de avioneta, me gusta.:D
  August 11, 2015
Der er vist egentlig heller ikke så meget at se i Brønderslev, vi har så vidt jeg ved kun 'Rhododendron-parken' og to forretningsgader :-/ Ellers er her mest industri og beboelse. Men det kan da godt være byen alligevel er et besøg værd en dag :-D Ok thanks, i will then if needed :-)
 I made it 
  August 10, 2015
Quoting Malte Dorowski ravishingly beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by Malte!
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  August 10, 2015
Quoting Builder Allan Der skulle også være skønt i Ålbæk, jeg bor selv i Brønderslev men har været igennem byen i forbindelse med arbejdet, og det jeg har set af byen fra turen op ad hovedgaden/vejen er flot :-) You're absolutely right, and some times i even find it difficult to say what exactly it is i like about a particular build, which means it is even more time consuming to write a proper comment. Just noticed the technique you used for the wind screen by the way. That looks great and has potential for variation for use on other models too :-)
Ålbæk er først og fremmest en glimrende base for mindre udflugter i området. Ture til Skagen, Råbjerg mile, Ørnereservatet og Hirtshals er klaret på kort tid og så er det bare om at suge til sig af oplevelser. Brønderslev er egentlig heller ikke langt væk men det har vi til gode. - If you can use any of the Building techniques you see, just go ahead.
 I like it 
  August 10, 2015
ravishingly beautiful!
  August 10, 2015
Der skulle også være skønt i Ålbæk, jeg bor selv i Brønderslev men har været igennem byen i forbindelse med arbejdet, og det jeg har set af byen fra turen op ad hovedgaden/vejen er flot :-) You're absolutely right, and some times i even find it difficult to say what exactly it is i like about a particular build, which means it is even more time consuming to write a proper comment. Just noticed the technique you used for the wind screen by the way. That looks great and has potential for variation for use on other models too :-)
 I made it 
  August 9, 2015
Quoting Builder Allan I think i saw this when you posted it, i wonder why i never commented. I guess i forgot :-/ It's a very cool model! Looks very accurate, great work on the details. I like the color scheme too :-) En hilsen fra nordjylland forresten ;-D
Tak for hilsnen Allan, jeg er tilbage på Fyn efter en uge i sommerhus ved Ålbæk bugt. Vi var har heldigvis haft godt vejr. :-) It`s impossible to comment on everything! I actually find it quite time consuming, because like you, I like to write a bit more than "nice job" or "cool build". Short comments are OK, but I like to write a little bit more about what I think is great, or what needs to be changed. Thank you Allan for your very nice comment!
 I like it 
  August 9, 2015
I think i saw this when you posted it, i wonder why i never commented. I guess i forgot :-/ It's a very cool model! Looks very accurate, great work on the details. I like the color scheme too :-) En hilsen fra nordjylland forresten ;-D
 I made it 
  August 2, 2015
Quoting Pat Lac Amazing shape and realism at such a small scale, impressive!
Thank you Pat Lac! I strive to make my models look realistic.
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  August 2, 2015
Amazing shape and realism at such a small scale, impressive!
 I made it 
  July 24, 2015
Quoting Oran Cruzen Hey Henrik, another great work of Lego "Aircraft" creationism from you! I second all the great comments!
Thank you Oran! Your comment is highly appreciated!
 I like it 
  July 24, 2015
Hey Henrik, another great work of Lego "Aircraft" creationism from you! I second all the great comments!
 I made it 
  July 23, 2015
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Henrik! Excellent warplane! Congratulation for that!
Thank you Peter! Very nice to have your visit.
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  July 23, 2015
Hi Henrik! Excellent warplane! Congratulation for that!
 I made it 
  July 22, 2015
Quoting J.J. Abrams Awesome plane! The color scheme is really nice!
Thank you J.J. Abrams! I`m glad you like it.
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  July 22, 2015
Quoting Zach Sweigart One of my favorite WWII planes. Excellent work!
Thank you Zach! It`s one of my favourites too.
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  July 22, 2015
Quoting D H Love it! Great job on the body and wing and tail shaping!
Thank you D H! I always strive for the perfect shape, and I`m quite happy with the result.
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  July 22, 2015
Quoting Lo var Lachland Wow, just wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. This aircraft is surely one of WWII's most distinctive aircraft. I also like how you did the desert color scheme, for the African campaign. 5/5 my friend. :-D
Thank you Lo var Lachland! I`m glad you like it, I like the wows!
 I like it 
  July 22, 2015
Awesome plane! The color scheme is really nice!
  July 21, 2015
One of my favorite WWII planes. Excellent work!
 I like it 
  July 21, 2015
Love it! Great job on the body and wing and tail shaping!
  July 21, 2015
Wow, just wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. This aircraft is surely one of WWII's most distinctive aircraft. I also like how you did the desert color scheme, for the African campaign. 5/5 my friend. :-D
 I made it 
  July 17, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Just superb, Henrik. One of my favorite planes beautifully rendered in LEGO. Excellent write-up, too.
Thank you Jeremy! Glad you lke it. The history part was borrowed from Wikipedia so I can`t take credit for that, but I like to add a little information about what the challenge has been.
 I made it 
  July 17, 2015
Quoting Geoffrey Welch Looks incredible!
Thank you Geoffrey
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  July 17, 2015
Just superb, Henrik. One of my favorite planes beautifully rendered in LEGO. Excellent write-up, too.
 I like it 
  July 16, 2015
Looks incredible!
 I made it 
  July 16, 2015
Quoting William Henderson Excellent build!
Thank you William!
 I like it 
  July 15, 2015
Excellent build!
 I made it 
  July 15, 2015
Quoting Florida Shoooter Looks fantastic! Love the color scheme you chose. :) The decals look superb. Also like the stand you made to show her off!
Thank you Florida Shoooter! I guess you`re the first to mention the stand. I made the stand to be able to show the aircraft in airborne mode. Aircrafts always look best with the landinggear retracted. Unfortunately I made a small mistake; I forgot to remove the tail Wheel. Please don`t tell anyone :-)
 I made it 
  July 15, 2015
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Very good looking plane. The creation is very clean, I especially like the shiny "propeler nose" and the decals. Congratulation!
Thank you Yann! I`m glad you mentioned the "propeller nose", I usually call it the "spinner". It`s very hard to find suitable parts for this very important part of the aircraft, but I think it turned out pretty good.
 I made it 
  July 15, 2015
Quoting Mark McPeek Nailed it!
Thank you Mark!
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  July 15, 2015
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Beautiful. One of your best!
Thank you Starscream!
 I like it 
  July 15, 2015
Looks fantastic! Love the color scheme you chose. :) The decals look superb. Also like the stand you made to show her off!
 I like it 
  July 15, 2015
Very good looking plane. The creation is very clean, I especially like the shiny "propeler nose" and the decals. Congratulation!
 I like it 
  July 14, 2015
Nailed it!
 I like it 
  July 14, 2015
Beautiful. One of your best!
 I made it 
  July 14, 2015
Quoting Parrington Levens Glorious!
Thanks Parrington, for the Glorious :-)
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  July 14, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti That's absolutely beautiful! I love the canopy and the landing gear. I like those slopes for the leading edge of the wings. Congratulations on being blogged! It's well deserved!
Thank you Clayton! I`m especially pleased with the way the wings turned out. And seeing it on TheLegoCarBlog is like a feather in the hat.
 I like it 
  July 13, 2015
Glorious!
 I like it 
  July 13, 2015
That's absolutely beautiful! I love the canopy and the landing gear. I like those slopes for the leading edge of the wings. Congratulations on being blogged! It's well deserved!
 I made it 
  July 13, 2015
Quoting Nick Barrett Beautiful model, the stickers really add to it as well. Lovely work!
Thank you Nick! I have seen one with a brickbuilt set of jaws, but decals are just the right choise if the shape of the nose is to be right.
 I like it 
  July 13, 2015
Beautiful model, the stickers really add to it as well. Lovely work!
 I made it 
  July 13, 2015
Quoting Ace in a day Wow! What a beautiful P-40! You did an excellant job!
Thank you "Ace in a day"!
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  July 12, 2015
Wow! What a beautiful P-40! You did an excellant job!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Gabor Horvath Another nice creation! The technique you have used for the wings is very clever. And I like the camo!
Thank you Gabor! The wing Construction is not sturdy enough for a child to swoosh it around. But for a display stand or standing on the landinggear it`s OK.
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Marc dZ Superb!! Awesome tribute.
Thank you Marc!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Sasch Weidler Perfect Job. I love the camo and the perfect shape. All the Details look so cool. 5 of 5
Thank you Sasch!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Kira Redlof Oh my goodness oh my.. how could I have been so blind and skip this moc. I think that everyone already said the truth about your creation, so I will just add, please, don't skip what you're doing right now, you're a a very talented builder :)
Thank you Kira! The important part is that you came back to see it, and left me a nice comment.
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting C.K. Yee That is excellent built, good color matching and the shape is so accurate. P-40 is also my favourite.
Thank you C.K.! Building this favourite of yours has been a pleasure.
 I like it 
  July 12, 2015
Another nice creation! The technique you have used for the wings is very clever. And I like the camo!
 I like it 
  July 12, 2015
Superb!! Awesome tribute.
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  July 12, 2015
Perfect Job. I love the camo and the perfect shape. All the Details look so cool. 5 of 5
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  July 12, 2015
Oh my goodness oh my.. how could I have been so blind and skip this moc. I think that everyone already said the truth about your creation, so I will just add, please, don't skip what you're doing right now, you're a a very talented builder :)
 I like it 
  July 12, 2015
That is excellent built, good color matching and the shape is so accurate. P-40 is also my favourite.
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting jim mcdonough as usual you have outdone yourself again,looks perfect in every way angle you look at it,actually i think this looks better than the real thing,the jaws finish it off nicely,the way you have done the wings looks very smooth and shaped angled to were they just look the part,i wonder if anyone will be able to criticise this one as i cant find a fault with it,but i know someone who will LOL EXELLENT model as always,look forward to the next
Thank you Jim! It`s always a pleasure reading your comments. In particular I love the sentence "actually i think this looks better than the real thing" Wow, that`s praise to the skies. Thanks Again my friend!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Fantastic shaping especially the wings
Thank you Joe! Really appreciate you had the time for a comment.
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Brick Mason Well done, I really like the wing section
Thank you Brick Mason, glad you like it!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Humanoid Typhoon Good work on the build. The shape is very accurate.
Thank you H. Typhoon!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Elk Guard Amazing work, the decals look great!
Thank you Elk!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Gabor Pauler I especially like your oil radiator solution. Very tipical Curtiss shaping, instantly recognizable.
Thank you Gabor! It was a bit tricky to make the curves of the nose section. luckily we now have those 1x2 or 2x2 curved slopes to do the job.
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent work!
Thank you Seaman!
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff From the camouflage, to the airplane shape just perfect. The stickers are a particular highlight for me. Just top notch my friend
Thank you Stephan! I`m glad you like it, my friend.
 I made it 
  July 12, 2015
Quoting Matt Bace Great work on this one, especially with the overall shaping and decals.
Thank you Matt! I think decals came out quite good using Sven Jagdmanns technique.
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  July 12, 2015
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Stunning build. Camo's hard to get right in LEGO form, but you nailed it. Very natural looking, and the plane design's fantastic. Great work!
Thank you Luke! Really nice to have your comment.
 I made it 
  July 12, 2015
Quoting David Roberts Great work on the shape and brick built camouflage. Good technique on those wing root hinges for getting the angle right in a smooth and compact way. I'm not a fan of painted Lego but that's because I take my models apart and resuse all of the parts. However, I am a big fan of the hard work that goes into custom decals and stickers and I think that these look excellent. A super model, nicely displayed.
Thank you David! I only paint Lego-pieces when its absolutely necessary; when parts are not available in a certain color or when the parts Price on Bricklink is too high. I.e. 2x4 double wedge plate, and 2x3 wedgeplate are not available in Tan. And even though the pieces are painted they are still reuseable.
 I like it 
  July 12, 2015
as usual you have outdone yourself again,looks perfect in every way angle you look at it,actually i think this looks better than the real thing,the jaws finish it off nicely,the way you have done the wings looks very smooth and shaped angled to were they just look the part,i wonder if anyone will be able to criticise this one as i cant find a fault with it,but i know someone who will LOL EXELLENT model as always,look forward to the next
 I made it 
  July 12, 2015
Quoting Josh Amberman Wow! Very nice, very accurate. I really like the jaws on the nose, and it adds a lot of detail to the plane. Keep up the good work:D
Thank you Josh! A P-40 without the jaws actually looks quite odd, it`s a vital part of its identity.
 I made it 
  July 12, 2015
Quoting Firas Abu-Jaber Cool shape, coloring and stickers work... I like it, so much!
Thank you Firas Abu-Jaber! Nice to have the first comment on this one from you.
 I like it 
  July 12, 2015
Fantastic shaping especially the wings
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  July 12, 2015
Well done, I really like the wing section
Henrik Jensen
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Humanoid Typhoon
  July 11, 2015
Good work on the build. The shape is very accurate.
Henrik Jensen
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Matt Bace
  July 11, 2015
Great work on this one, especially with the overall shaping and decals.
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
Amazing work, the decals look great!
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
I especially like your oil radiator solution. Very tipical Curtiss shaping, instantly recognizable.
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
Excellent work!
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
From the camouflage, to the airplane shape just perfect. The stickers are a particular highlight for me. Just top notch my friend
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
Stunning build. Camo's hard to get right in LEGO form, but you nailed it. Very natural looking, and the plane design's fantastic. Great work!
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
Great work on the shape and brick built camouflage. Good technique on those wing root hinges for getting the angle right in a smooth and compact way. I'm not a fan of painted Lego but that's because I take my models apart and resuse all of the parts. However, I am a big fan of the hard work that goes into custom decals and stickers and I think that these look excellent. A super model, nicely displayed.
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
Wow! Very nice, very accurate. I really like the jaws on the nose, and it adds a lot of detail to the plane. Keep up the good work:D
 I like it 
  July 11, 2015
Cool shape, coloring and stickers work... I like it, so much!
 
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