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Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in the USSR

Begemot 1/48 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in the USSR Decal First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2021 Manufacturer Begemot
Subject Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in the USSR Scale 1/48
Set Number 48053 Pros Interesting marking options
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Novice

First Look

Begemot Decals is a decal company from Rostov-on-Don, Russia that offers a nice array of markings for Soviet and Russian aircraft. In this release, Begemot provides a nice selecton of lend-lease P-40s that served in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. Let's take a look:

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in the USSRCurtiss P-40 Warhawk in the USSR

The instructions provide color profiles of each subject with color information as well as a summary of that aircraft's service and fate. The P-40 variants covered in this set include:

  1. Tomahawk IIA/B
  2. P-40C
  3. P-40E
  4. P-40K-1
  5. P-40K-15
  6. P-40M
  7. P-40N

This set is provided on two sheets and provides many examples for each variant, which essentially covers all of the Allison-powered variants. In all, this decal set has 41 different examples, and as you can see, there are sufficient markings to replicate nearly all of them. This set will easily work with your favorite P-40 kits in 1/48 scale, and I really hope they'll produce this set in 1/32 scale as well. Pricing and availability information is not yet available, but since this set is officially released, it won't be long before you can get a set of your own.

For more information about this set and the other releases from Begemot Decals, visit their website at

My sincere thanks to Begemot Decals for this review sample!