P-40B Warhawk Radio Equipment

Published: February 14th, 2015     
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Radio package
Reviewed by: Phil Peterson - IPMS# 8739
Scale: 1/72
Price: $13.49
Product / Stock #: 7298
Product provided by: Aires Hobby Models

The P-40B kit from Airfix has been pretty popular because of good detail, accurate interior and a great price. But for those of you who want to add that bit of extra something, this set is for you.

You get eight pieces of nicely cast resin just as we have come to expect from Aires. The pieces fit inside the fuselage behind the cockpit area and are not replacement parts for any kit parts.

Construction looks fairly simple once you cut off the casting blocks. Removing the radio door molded on the left fuselage shouldn't be too hard, drill a hole and then use files to clean up the corners. The only other modification to the kit is to remove one of the kit alignment tabs on the right fuselage.

Then it is simply a matter of adding the interior piece and the radio parts. Attach the supplied door in the open position after painting and you are done. Test fitting looks like you may not even have to shave down any of the inside fuselage for the interior piece.

The instructions show two pieces of wire are needed and no measurements are included for them but I would start with the size shown on the instructions and see if that works. The instructions are also a little vague on the exact placement of the bits and I can't find anything online showing this area of the plane. A picture of the completed look would have been helpful. The only other issue with the instructions is no painting information.

The amount of detail looks great but you are not going to be able to see very much of it through the open door which is less than a quarter inch square. Maybe adding an LED inside would help show it off.

Anyway, for you super-detailers and diorama guys I am sure

  • Part fit
    Part fit
  • Instructions
    Instructions
  • Interior piece
    Interior piece
  • Radio parts
    Radio parts

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