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Panther_99FS
September 28th, 2008, 18:00
The P-40K with its signature dorsal fin/tail.....

(I've never seen one of these for FS...)

Wittpilot
September 28th, 2008, 18:12
Rare bird... I can't even remember are there any of those airframes left??

Wittpilot
September 28th, 2008, 18:14
edit..

found one

http://www.abpic.co.uk/popup.php?q=1052844

Drzook
September 28th, 2008, 18:20
There was one for CFS2 some time back by Krzysztof Malinowski:
http://www.simviation.com/cfs2aircraft76.htm

Panther_99FS
September 28th, 2008, 18:22
Yeah I remember that one - but I don't recollect it having the dorsal tail...

Bomber_12th
September 28th, 2008, 18:37
It definitely would make a great project. The best remaining example around is only about 4 hours away from where I live, owned by Ron Fagen. I always thought that the extended tail added even greater lines to the P-40.

http://hawksnest.1hwy.com/Survivors/42-10256.html

I am still plagued by the one time sight of Bruce Thorson's FS2004 built P-40K which was only a work in progress, about three years ago now. I used to imagine how nice it would be had he finished it.

Panther_99FS
September 28th, 2008, 18:43
Yep B-12
Bruce was working on a "K" model for FS2004....

Who knows.....

Panther_99FS
September 28th, 2008, 18:50
http://hawksnest.1hwy.com/Survivors/42-10256.html



10256 is a sharp aircraft there...:jump:

Wittpilot
September 28th, 2008, 19:10
I love that dark OD with that type of insignia yellow... great paint scheme

Winjeel
September 29th, 2008, 04:23
Panther, there's one coming.... the one with the white rudder, a P-40K-1-CU, with the P-40D in front (and my MAW Blenheims at the back).

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7947/wvap40014uh4.jpg

The models are a lot more advanced now (that picture is about 6 months old). The exterior model of the "D" is off getting some war paint as I type...:ernae:

Winjeel

Panther_99FS
September 29th, 2008, 05:38
Panther, there's one coming.... the one with the white rudder, a P-40K-1-CU, with the P-40D in front (and my MAW Blenheims at the back).

The models are a lot more advanced now (that picture is about 6 months old). The exterior model of the "D" is off getting some war paint as I type...:ernae:

Winjeel


Great news Winjeel!! :applause::jump:

MCDesigns
September 29th, 2008, 07:17
Great news Winjeel!! :applause::jump:

Agreed!! looking forward to it! :ernae:

Mr.Mugel
September 29th, 2008, 08:25
Looks great! P-40 is one sexy bird...!

RCAF_Gunner
September 29th, 2008, 11:46
Looking forward to those nice looking Kittys Richard. :applause:

Cheers,
Rick

Marlin
September 29th, 2008, 19:41
Interesting thread that is going on here.

This is a tad off topic, but I have been a wondering why they removed the 2 50 cals from the cockpit and replaced them with the three 30s in each wing. Anybody have a clue?

Look at how many posts Panther has, did you turn over the odometer? :costumes:

Winjeel
September 30th, 2008, 00:41
The early P-40s (or Tommahawks) used "C" series Allison engines. When Allison redesigned the engine gearbox to handle greater power, it resulted in engines with a higher thrust line but also less frontal area, the "F" series. As a result, Curtiss had to redesign the P-40 to use the 'F3R' Allison. Because of the raised thrust line, the .50 cals on the nose went but they moved to the wings (the wing guns from the D model on were .50 cals, not .30 or .303, although some Commonwealth pilots retrofitted Tommahawk wings to their Kittyhawks, giving access to the more available .303 ammunition). P-40D wings were also built with provision for cannon armament as well, although none were ever fitted with the cannons. That raised thrust line also meant that the landing gear legs are shorter than on the earlier P-40s. The radiators were made larger because for the first time, the P-40s now had war emergency power available, and of course the rear windows were enlarged.

Another tidbit, while it is the P-40K-1s and -5s that are famous for the fillet tail, it was actually late production E models that used it first. Photos of those Es are usually mis-captioned as Ks, but it is possible to tell who is who from their tail numbers.

Good to see you around, Rick!:ernae:

Winjeel:wavey:

Marlin
September 30th, 2008, 11:40
Thanks for the explaination, very good :applause: