It looks real to me
It looks real to me
Another problem guys, look inside the nose at the motor. An Allison V12 doesn't look like that - nor can the reduction gear just 'pop' off the end of the motor in a belly landing and end up where it is with no front fuselage damage.
A great image mind - but one that doesn't jell ....... helluva model though if thats what it is!
What makes me suspicious is the general condition of the exterior paintwork. Many years in the desert being periodically sandblasted would surely have removed more of the paint. Also, wouldn't a wheels up "landing" across that very unforgiving terrain have torn her up more - doesn't seem right, but stranger things have happened...
A bit more discussion on this 'plane' going on here:-
P-40 from Sahara - Key Publishing Ltd Aviation Forums
And here's a few downed P-40s .....all with the gear intact.
Here's a translation of the thread.
The aircraft is actually a type 'C' or 'D', making it a Tomahawk. Kittyhawks were P-40 'E', 'F' and 'G', Warhawks were type 'K' onwards. You can tell the difference by the lowered, more streamlined air intake on top of the cowling, it has also had the two machine guns removed fron over the engine and the spinner is not the fatter type as used on Kittyhawks/Warhawks. Is it real? I dunno...
Last edited by big ned; 04-19-2012 at 12:25 PM. Reason: Added info.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Surely that cockpit would be full of sand after 70 years of sandstorms etc
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Heres the photos....
Prost ! Steve.
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