Hobbymaster 1/72nd scale HA5507 P-40N Kittyhawk FX-760, 112 Squadron, RAF, 1944. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk first flew in 1938 as a modification of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk. Warhawk was the official U.S. designation while the name Tomahawk was used by the British Commonwealth and Soviet forces for the P-40B and C and Kittyhawk for P-40Ds and later variants. The P-40 was first used by British squadrons in North Africa and the Middle East in 1941. The P-40 lacked a two-speed supercharger making them inferior to German aircraft but was an adequate fighter in low altitude combat zones. Almost 12,000 P-40s were produced.
P-40N Kittyhawk c/n 9150M serial 43-23639 was delivered to the RAF and at first became FX760 GAT and later GA? and piloted by Fl/Lt Edward Ross who had the ? added. The aircraft was shot down by flak on August 21, 1944. The aircraft on display at the RAF Museum Hendon isn’t the original GA?, it is a composite of several aircraft
that have been assembled to make one P-40N and painted to represent GA?. The fuselage is from P-40N 42-106101 built for the RAAF with serial A29-556.
The picture in the photo gallery is not high quality but looks to be in desert scheme, and you can clearly see the faded Azure blue on the under-carriage doors and the presence of Dark Earth. This is probably where the RAF Museum got their information and for many modelers and aviation books.
This colour scheme of this model is based on information from the last 70 years or so, nearly all books and models constructed show this aircraft in TLS (Tropical Land Scheme) used by the RAF 1941 to 1944.
This scheme was used though out the Desert and Mediterranean from 1941 to 1944 when aircraft reverted to the temperate landscheme, as they moved further into Northern Italy.
There is newer information, that some aircraft carried a slightly altered scheme changing the Dark Earth to Green, but no colour pictures exist.
The machine at RAF Hendon carried the famous desert markings as does this model.