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P-40

BarracudaCals 1/32 P-40s of 112 Squadron RAF Part 1 Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2009 Manufacturer BarracudaCals
Subject P-40s of 112 Squadron RAF Part 1 Scale 1/32
Set Number 32005 Pros Sharkmouths!
Cons Two-part roundels Skill Level Basic
MSRP (USD) $13.95    

First Look

BarracudaCals has returned with their fifth installment in their 1/32 scale aircraft series with this nice sharkmouthed selection of RAF 112 Sqn P-40s. These aircraft were some of the early war Curtiss fighters that were pressed into combat over North Africa.

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This set provides an interesting cross-section of subjects:

  • Tomahawk Mk.IIb, AK402, 112 Sqn, GA-F, as flown by P/O Neville Duke, Libya, 1941
  • Kittyhawk Mk.I, AK578, 112 Sqn, GA-V, as flown by F/O Neville Duke, Libya, 1942
  • Kittyhawk Mk.I, AK772, 112 Sqn, GA-Y, as flown by P/O Burney and Sqn Ldr Clive Caldwell, Libya, 1942

The sheets are printed by Cartograf and are very sharp as well as in-register. The only glitch is that the artwork was set up for another printer and the roundels are still two-part - you get to place and center the red dots.

The sheet comes with a nice set of maintenance stencils and good instructions on where everything goes. The instructions indicate that these markings are intended for the Trumpeter 1/32 P-40B/C and the Hasegawa 1/32 P-40E, but I'm sure that you can also use the venerable Revell 1/32 P-40E as well.

My sincere thanks to BarracudaCals Decals for this preview!

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