P-40F/L Merlin Cowling
AMtech's 1/48 scale resin
nose for the forthcoming Merlin-powered P-40F & L,
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||Much more accurate shape than
original nose as moulded by AMT; crisp detail; looks like a fairly good
fit; eliminates the problem fit areas on the plastic kit nose.
||Unsure of exhaust solution for final
kit; bottom cut not on panel line; possible step on fitting
Reviewed by Steven Eisenman
AMtech's 1/48 scale P-40F/L kits may be ordered online from
AMtech's next model in their 1/48 scale P-40 series are the F and L,
Rolls-Royce Merlin powered variants. Although the fuselage bears a family
resemblance to the more familiar Allison Warhawks, the design of the P-40F
and L nose was completely different.
AMtech will once again use unreleased AMT moulds for this kit. Upon
comparison of the kit fuselage sprues with plans and references, AMtech
was not satisfied with the accuracy of the profile, panel arrangements and
other details on the kit nose. The new AMtech kit will therefore include a
resin replacement nose that more accurately depicts the unique attributes
of the Merlin engine cowl and intake.
The nose is depicted in these photographs. The overall shape, detail and
location of the panels looks much better than the original styrene nose.
The difference is very noticeable.
Another advantage of the replacement nose is that it eliminates several
fit problems around the nose and separate cowl covers on the plastic kit
The kit nose will have to be removed from the fuselage to accommodate
this resin replacement. The top cut is along a panel line but the bottom
line is not. In fact, the bottom cut goes through the centre of a samll
Initial test fitting to a single fuselage half suggests that there may
be a small step, but this cannot be verified at this point. Otherwise, the
fit looks good.
The review sample came with the standard exhaust stacks. As can be seen
in the photographs, the final exhaust configuration will comprise three
sets of two stacks per side. It will be interesting to see these exhausts.
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to view larger images:
Thanks to AMtech for the review sample.
AMtech models are available
from good hobby shops and online retailers. For more information about AMtech
future releases, please see their
Preview page here on HyperScale or visit their website at
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