Hobby Master HA9201 – 1/48 Scale P-40B Warhawk Diecast Model
Hobby Master 1/48 Scale Air Power Series
|Length||20.1 cm||7.91 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||23.7 cm||9.33 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Display stand included.
1/48 Scale Curtiss P-40 Warhawk – Hobby Master HA9201
Hobby Master HA9201 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Curtis P-40 Warhawk, # 160, flown by 2nd Lt George Welch, of the 47th Pursuit Squadron (PS), 15th Pursuit Group (PG). While based at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941. During the raid, Welch, one of only seven pilots that managed to get their P-40s airborne, scored four victories. He along with 2nd Lt. Kenneth Taylor received the DSC for their actions on the day.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-seat, single-engined fighter and ground-attack aircraft. Designated as the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk by the British Commonwealth and Soviets.
Based on the Curtiss P-36, the maiden flight occurred on October 14, 1938, and saw combat for the first time during June 1941 in North African with the British Commonwealth. Used by most Allied air forces during World War II, it played a significant role in most theatres of operation. Except Western Europe due to its lack of a suitable supercharger for high altitude combat. The Brazilian Air Force was the last to use the type, retiring them in 1954. Production ended in 1944 with some 13,740 airframes built, the third most numerous American fighter of WWII.
The P-40 is of all-metal semi-monocoque construction with low mounted cantilevered wings. The retractable undercarriage is a tailwheel type with the main units attached in the wing roots. The engine’s coolant radiator, located in the chin position, gave the aircraft its unique profile and led to the shark mouth markings.
It uses a single Allison V-1710, a V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine driving a three-bladed propeller, giving the aircraft a top speed of 538 km/h (334 mph) and a service ceiling of 8,900 m (29,100 ft).
Armament depending on model consisted of two dorsal nose-mount .50 in Browning AN/M2 syncronised machine guns, firing 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 up to 910 kg (2,000 lb) of bombs on three hardpoints. One under the fuselage and one under each wing.