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AMT's 1/48 scale P-40N
Kittyhawk Mk.IV

by Brett Green


Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk.IV


Osprey Publishing's "Modelling the P-40" is available online from Squadron.com




Warrant Officer Leonard Victor Waters was the first and only known Australian Aboriginal fighter pilot to have served in the RAAF during the Second World War.

Len Waters enlisted in the RAAF in September 1942 as a trainee flight mechanic.

Following additional study at night school and on his own initiative, Len applied for aircrew training during 1943 and graduated as Sergeant Pilot on 1 July 1944. On 14 November 1944, Len was posted to 78 Squadron RAAF flying P-40N Kittyhawks from Noemfoor in New Guinea

Here is my 1/48 scale AMT P-40N Warhawk finished as Len's Kittyhawk Mk. IV "Black Magic".  Despite the apparently obvious association, “Black Magic” actually received its name from its previous pilot, John Blackmore.

And before anyone asks - the white overspray on the propeller blades was clearly visible on reference photos!



This project is described in detail, including 40 captioned construction photos, in the recently released Osprey book, "Modelling the P-40 - Hawk 81, Tomahawk, Warhawk and Kittyhawk".

Five other P-40 models across the range of variants and scales, plus reference photos, are also covered in this recent title.



Modelling the P-40
Hawk 81, Tomahawk, Warhawk and Kittyhawk
Osprey Modelling 15

Author: Brett Green
US Price:
UK Price: £12.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 January 10, 2005
Details: 80 pages; ISBN: 1841768235
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Model and Text Copyright © 2005 by Brett Green
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Page Created 25 April, 2005
Last Updated 25 April, 2005

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