Hobby Master HA5508 – 1/72 Scale Kittyhawk Mk.IV (P-40N) Diecast Model
1/72 Scale Air Power Series
|Length||13.2 cm||5.2 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.7 cm||6.2 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Removable pilot figurine
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk.IV, 450 Sqn, RAAF – Hobby Master HA5508
Hobby Master diecast model HA5508 replicates in 1/72 scale the Curtis P-40N Warhawk, s/n FX-835, named “No Orchids”, at the time assigned to No.450 Squadron, code OK-D, RAAF while stationed in Vasto, Italy, in early 1944.
Kittyhawk IV FX835 OK-D was the first of at least 3 aircraft to wear the nose art “No Orchids”. The name is taken from the book “No Orchids for Miss Blandish” by James Hadley Chase.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-seat, single-engine monoplane fighter and ground-attack aircraft, designated as the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk by the British Commonwealth and Soviets. The maiden flight occurred on October 14, 1938, the first combat took place in North African with the British Commonwealth in June 1941. Used by most Allied air forces during World War II and in most theatres of operation except Western Europe. Production ended in 1944 with some 13,740 airframes built, the third most numerous American fighter of WWII.
The airframe is an all-metal with a semi-monocoque fuselage, low mounted cantilevered wings and a conventional tail. Located in the chin position is the engine’s coolant radiator, giving the aircraft a unique profile. The retractable undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units attached in the wing roots folding rearwards.
It uses a single Allison V-1710, a V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine driving a three-bladed propeller. The Warhawk had a top speed of 566 km/h (352 mph), a service ceiling of 8,900 m (32,400 ft) and a range of 1,175 (730 mi).
Armament depending on model consisted of two dorsal nose-mount .50 in Browning AN/M2 machine guns, synchronised to fire through the propeller arc and two .30 in or .303 Browning machine guns in each wing. Later variants had six 0.50 in M2 Browning machine guns in the wings. With three hardpoints the P-40 could carry up to 910 kg (2,000 lb) of bombs or drop tanks; one under the fuselage and one under each wing.