Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series HA5505 P-40N “Angry Bee” BU-O, Lt. Ken Goldring, 80 Squadron, RAAF, Nov 1944
True 1/72 scale. Professionally painted. Great attention to detail. All markings are Tampoed (pad applied). Option to display the model on a stand that is provided. Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions. Optional armament provided. Canopy can be displayed open or closed. Pilot figure included. Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic. Highly collectable.
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.
No. 80 Squadron was formed in September 1943 and equipped with Curtiss P-40
Kittyhawk. On July 29, 1944 Curtiss P-40N 43-23237 was received by 80 Squadron
RAAF and assigned an ADF number A29-671 and letters BU-O. BU-O was assigned to
Lt. Ken Goldring who named the aircraft “Angry Bee”. From mid-summer 1944 American
and Australian forces were engaged in battles to drive Japanese forces out of Dutch
New Guinea. Noemfoor Island was a major goal because of three airfields that could be
used to support the Allied advance.
Product Id: HA5508