Hobby Master Curtiss P-40N Warhawk "Gloria Lyons" RNZAF

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Hobby Master 1:72 P-40N "Gloria Lyons" NZ3220, No.4 Servicing Unit, RNZAF, late 1944

Superb detailing in 1/72 scale - Die-cast metal - Fully assembled - Boxed
Pre-painted with pad applied markings - Minimum use of plastic.
Removable pilot figure - Separate bombs or Ordnance where appropriate.
Option to display model with wheels up or down - Display stand included.

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

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.


“Gloria Lyons” adorned four different New Zealand Air Force aircraft. The first three
were P-40 Kittyhawks and the fourth was an F4U-1A. Gloria Lyons was a nineteen year
old New Zealand girl with tuberculosis and pen pals with members of the No. 4 Servicing
Unit in the Solomon Islands. The unit decided to make her their mascot and added her
name to the engine cowling. The first two P-40s as well as the F4U-1A were destroyed
but the third P-40N, NZ3220 survived the war. The real Gloria Lyons overcame her
tuberculosis.

 

P40 Specifications

Crew: 1.
Powerplant: 1 x Allison V-1710-81 / 1,200 hp (895 kW)later series P-40N-40V-1710-115 / 1,360 hp (1,015 kW)
Maximum speed: 378 mph @ 16,400 ft / (608 kph) (5,000 m)
Crusing speed: 280 mph (455 kph)
Rate of climb: 2,240 f/min (11.4 m/sec)
Ceiling: 31,000 ft (9.450 m)
Range: 745 mi (1,200 km)
Wingspan: 37 ft 4 in (11.37 m)
Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)
Height: 12 ft 4 in (3.76 m)
Empty weight: 6,405 lb (2,905 kg)
Maximum take-off weight: 8,860 lb (4,020 kg)
Armament: 4 x .50 cal (12.7 mm) Browning M2 machine guns and up to 1,500 lb (680 kg) of bombs on 3 hardpoints