Posted 3 years ago
To start off the title uses the name for this model as printed on the box. It is actually "Flying Tigers" with no hyphen. The P-40 was known as the Warhawk. Also called the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk by the British.
The most famous use of this plane was of course the Flying Tigers. Basically they were American mercenaries fighting for China against Japan. The Flying Tigers first flew in combat on December 20th 1941 and it ended on July 4th 1942. They shot down 296 Japanese aircraft while losing only 14 of their own, this is well documented and not just hearsay.
The P-4 has a reputation as a mediocre plane but it was a decent design and cheap to build so built until 1944. It was used in the areas where it wasn't facing the top German fighters. It was used for ground attack in the later stages of the war.
As to the model I believe this one is missing the drop tank. Apparently it was dropped. The model has 6 machine guns in the wings but I believe there were only 4. That would be two in each wing. The 3 per wing was used in a few other models so I am thinking they did not think it important to make a new molding. Not many moving parts on this just the landing gear and prop.
Next I will post the Me 109 I am thinking.