P-40E Warhawk in China
by Alan Griffith
Curtiss P-40E-1 Warhawk
(middle aircraft) 1/Lt. Dallas A. Clinger, 16th Fighter Squadron, 23rd
Kweilin China, October 1942
1/48 scale P-40E is available
Here are four photographs of the Curtiss P-40E flown by 1/Lt. Dallas A.
Clinger, 16th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group at Kweilin China during
This interesting aircraft is finished in the American equivalent of RAF
temperate colors - "Dark Earth" (Tan, FS30118), "Dark Green" (Medium Green,
FS34092) and Sky Gray (FS36463). The finish is faded and patchy, with large
areas of a dark overspray. This is probably a fresh application of Olive Drab.
The spinner is a darker colour than either of the uppersurface colors, and
clearly darker than the red in the shark's mouth marking on the lower cowl. It
seems most likely that it, too, has been finished in a fresh coat of Olive Drab.
A strip of fresh paint underneath the exhaust probably covers an old aircraft
It is interesting to note the two photos (above) differ in a number of
noticeable details, including the shape of the shark's mouth, the overpainting
of the old aircraft name and the color of the spinner. If they are of the same
aircraft, these details must have been repainted at some stage between the
photographs being taken.
This interesting aircraft is the subject of one decal option in the new 1/48
scale P-40E kit from AMtech. A full Construction Review of this kit, finished as
this aircraft, can be seen
by following this link.
Click the thumbnails below to view
Images Copyright ©
2002 by Alan Griffith
Page Created 27 March, 2002
19 April, 2004
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