Balsa Bashing a P40 (Part 5)

Guillow’s Series 400 P40 Warhawk Build:

If you have read my previous posts you may remember me drawing reference to the slightly ‘elastic’ feel of the Deluxe Material’s ‘Eze-Dope’ once dried. Thankfully the paint has stiffened the tissue covering up considerably. Following a spray with white primer the main colours were applied by brush. I prefer acrylics (Revell Aqua Color); after all what’s not to like with an odourless, water-thinnable paint which cleans up under the tap afterwards? Several coats were needed, as is to be expected from brushing, plus I don’t like the transparent look interspersed with brush strokes when the model is held up to the light.

Guillows P40 Base Coat Applied

Top base coat applied.

Guillows P40 Base Coat Applied

Underside base coat.  You can also see the spruce blocks into which go the cowling mount screws

Gulliows P40 (Q3) Camouflage (28.04.14)

Basic camouflage applied.

Gulliows P40 Camouflage

Cowling fitted into place with cut-outs made to suit the engine.

Gulliows P40 Undercarriage

Undercarriage oleos constructed from silicone tubing with masking tape wrap-around strips

Painting any model, especially in more than one colour, is going to incur a weight penalty. The weight is now 152 grams including the cockpit detailing and undercarriage. A Cox Pee Wee .020 (0.33 cc) engine weighs 26 grams so I’m on track for staying under my maximum target weight of 200 grams. This engine is not exactly a power house when compared with a similar sized electric motor, but neither does it have to lug around a battery. For free flight this is good – landings are not going to be smooth and no battery equals no internal damage in the event of a sudden stop!

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