Hobby Master 1/48 Scale Air Power Series
|Length||20.1 cm||7.91 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||23.7 cm||9.33 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA9201 – 1/48 Scale P-40B Warhawk, 47th PS, USAAC
Hobby Master diecast model HA9201 replicates in 1/48 scale the Curtis P-40 Warhawk, “White 160”. Flown by 2nd Lt George Welch of the 47th Pursuit Squadron (47th PS), 15th Pursuit Group (15th PG), United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). In the colour scheme, the aircraft wore while at Haleiwa Field, O’ahu, Hawaii during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
George Welch (1918 – 1954) was one of only seven pilots that managed to get their P-40s airborne during the Japanese Raid on Pearl Harbor, He scored four victories on that day and along with 2nd Lt. Kenneth Taylor received the DSC for their actions.
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. Most Allied air forces used them 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 primary 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.