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P-40E Flying Tigers by WS-Clave P-40E Flying Tigers by WS-Clave
The Curtiss Kittyhawk or P-40E served with a wide number of Air Forces during WW2. It was developed from the earlier Tomahawk, but never achieved the status of other allied fighters of the era.

The P-40E was used by the USAAC, and was known as the Kittyhawk 1A by other forces including the RAF, RAAF, RCAF, RNZAF, and Soviet Union

It was armed with 6 x 12.7mm machine guns and could also carry bombs on underwing hardpoints.

This example is a P-40E of the 1st American Voluteer Group - The Flying Tigers - Republic of China Air Force, circa 1942.
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Greatest aircraft of WWII..... (Couldn't think of anything else as a good comment. ^^; )
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
That's a good enough comment lol :D
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thanks. :)
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metalpanzervi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
The P-40 has been a longtime favorite of me since I was a little boy. Great work on capturing the look and essence of it! It's beautiful!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Than you - I will be doing a 'fantasy' P-40 soon I think - it's a great aircraft to do wild designs on... :)
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metalpanzervi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
There are so many possibilities because just about every country in WWII used it. Can't wait!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Well I have done real ones for these countries already:

Australia x 3, Brazil, China (Taiwan) Great Britain x 3, New Zealand x 2, Turkey, USA x 4, and USSR...
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metalpanzervi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
You still have plenty to go! xD
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ManiacusXtremus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
that nose!!! reminds me of the dodge Viper... heck... beautifully done... one question... what're those 2 protrusions in the immediate front of the canopy? gunsights?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Yes they are gunsights. :)
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ManiacusXtremus Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
then the optical gunsights inside the cockpit shouldnt be there... or am i missing something? coz as i recall these birds used the older versions you made on the nose... the opticals came on later in the war
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
I don't know - the reference drawings show both things in place... so maybe they are not sights at all, or they had a 2nd set of sights... for bombing or something..?
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ManiacusXtremus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
neither can i... got to look more deeply into the pictures... the U.S. was using those fixed sights in the beginning of the War... and the Flying Tigers were using the B version in the 1940s and shifted to the E versions the next year... one shot does show the E without those fixed sights...

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i think this needs to be corrected a bit... :P sorry...
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
No problem - I see the logic of it, and although there is *something* in the cockpit when the external sights are fitted, it is not a gun-sight...
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ManiacusXtremus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
that's ok... that something might just be the radio console... might be :)
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
Iron sights removed now...
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fahadnaeem Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nice work dude

which vector software u used ?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Thanks! :)

I use Adobe Illustrator
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lakodar Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Very fantastic
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
I like this a lot myself, and was really happy how the camo and tiger came out... :)
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MacArther Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Writer
YAYYYYY!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
:D
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TheARTism Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Its tha flying-tigers!! XD
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Indeed! Quite an interesting episode in history... :)
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TheARTism Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Hell yeah! XD
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feguimel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice^^
I've assembled one of those couple of years ago, from Airfix, you know. Quite striking with its marks and the jaws!
only difference was the color pattern, with more contrast, cuz instead of this light green (or is gray?), mine has a dark green. Do you happen to know if such variant even existed, or is more likely the model instructions were wrong?
~thanks in advance!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
There are more variations in colour than you might imagine - The aircraft were often supplied in the 'wrong' colour for the country, and were over-painted, or left alone. The instructions to the factory were vague and never specified an exact colour. The paint was poor quality and didn't match the specified colour, or faded quickly. The whole area of camouflage is a minefield leading to a lot of (heated) debate, so I'll just say - your model is probably right, and my drawing is probably right, and leave it at that... :)
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feguimel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ yeah, I'd read something about that.

indeed, probably that's the best conclusion :thumbsup:
in any case, thanx for your info!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
:D
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TreborNehoc Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   Photographer
iconic
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Yes - I also liked drawing the tiger... :)
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