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André-style Curtiss P-40 "Warhawk" V1
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Another slightly-old model which, in hindsight, isn't as good as it could have been. Modified from André's BF-109.
About this creation
The Curtiss P-40 was one of several derivatives of the P-36 Hawk, a smaller, radial-engined fighter, and, fitting with the conventional doctrine of the time, was designed to be faster than the P-36. It was among two other designs--the YP-37, which had an in-line engine but had its cockpit unusually far back, and the XP-42, which used a new cowling that caused it to superficially resemble the P-40. The P-40 was faster, and as such was chosen for production; the XP-42 continued to be used as a testing aircraft. The P-40 was the main fighter in the USAAF at the beginning of America's entry into the Second World War; the Attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the few battles of the war in which the P-36 was fielded. The P-40 was also lend-leased to the United Kingdom, and was the main fighter of the renowned American Volunteer Group, or AVG. The P-40 would end up being used primarily for ground-attack missions when its successor, the North American P-51 Mustang, began to supplant it; the Mustang was, in fact, originally designed to supplement the P-40 in the RAF, and itself was also used in a ground-attack role as the A-36 "Apache."

For this model, I actually recall using some reference images, although I ended up with a not-completely-accurate model, as you shall see. It was modified from André's BF-109 model, ( and it unfortunately shows.

Rather than take most of the page to describe where and how I went wrong, I devoted the majority of it to this handy diagram.

As usual, all control surfaces can move, flaps included.

The landing gear retracts.

A closer look at the landing gear, showing that its mechanism is modified from the original model's. I actually checked, and this is not how the P-40's landing gear retracts; its landing gear rotates a little bit down the shaft, whereas the entire assembly rotates on the model. If I make a version 2 of this model, I'll likely use the F6F V2's landing gear as a base, since that mechanism is far more accurate.

A view from above, both demonstrating that the tailplane is as incorrectly shaped as the rudder, and showing another error: the leading edge is unchanged from the BF-109 model, but on the P-40, the leading edge of the wing is largely perpendicular to the fuselage, and sweeps back at a much shallower angle.

The P-40 compared to the original BF-109 model.

And as a parting shot, the P-40 facing off against the BF-109.

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