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Shark Mouthed P-40 Western Desert

Postby RayS » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:43 pm

I just picked up a copy of George Odgers' Pictorial History of the Royal Australian Air Force at a second hand bookshop on the South Coast

While perusing it I came across this picture:

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This is the first time I have seen a shark mouth on a RAAF P-40, I am assuming it was with 450SQN?

Is anyone aware of other pictures of this aircraft or any decal sheets that may include this type of mouth on a RAAF P-40?
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Re: Shark Mouthed P-40 Western Desert

Postby Biggles81 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:23 pm

Looks more like a 112 Sqn P-40B Tomahawk to me. Whilst I should never say never, I have not seen a shark mouth on either a 3 Sqn Tomahawk or 3 and 450 Sqn Kittyhawks.
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Re: Shark Mouthed P-40 Western Desert

Postby RayS » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:04 pm

Thanks Ken, looks like you were right. Its a 112SQN machine GA-F.

Looks like an number of manufacturers have this option available
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Re: Shark Mouthed P-40 Western Desert

Postby AndrewDoppel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:19 pm

Definitely a 112 Squadron P40B Warhawk. Bobby Gibbes and Clive Caldwell both flew in this Squadron from memory at some point. I won our club raffle the other day and picked up the Bronco 1/48 112 Sqn P40B with GA-X on the box art and it comes with a resin Clive figurine.

I'm actually looking forward to building it at some point as the detail looks fantastic.

http://www.hyperscale.com/2016/reviews/ ... ewbg_1.htm
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Re: Shark Mouthed P-40 Western Desert

Postby RayS » Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:58 pm

I just found out the Airfix 1/72 kit (gift pack) comes with these decals, though of the different sheets I have seen so far there seems to be a bit of different interpretation with the teeth in the mouth.
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Re: Shark Mouthed P-40 Western Desert

Postby Calum » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:27 pm

AndrewDoppel wrote:Definitely a 112 Squadron P40B Warhawk. Bobby Gibbes and Clive Caldwell both flew in this Squadron from memory at some point. I won our club raffle the other day and picked up the Bronco 1/48 112 Sqn P40B with GA-X on the box art and it comes with a resin Clive figurine.

I'm actually looking forward to building it at some point as the detail looks fantastic.

http://www.hyperscale.com/2016/reviews/ ... ewbg_1.htm


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