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P-40 - The Work Horse of WWII Campaign

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The P-40, The Work Horse of WWII campaign was recent concluded and was themed around building the P-40 and it variants.

The P-40 held off the Axis for 2 years until the advent of aircraft with better range, firepower, payload, and performance. BUT the P-40 did more than just fill a gap or hold its own if you read the statistics. In all theatres it shot down or shot up more than were lost. The P-40 was actually easier to fly than many of its closer stable mates (P-39, P-38, P-36) which would not have done as well in the first two years of combat. Changes were needed before the newer thoroughbreds came online: (1) Tactics (2) Attitudes (3) Numbers. Why was the P-40 built in such large numbers if it was such a dog, and how did it do such a good job against superior aircraft who had superior numbers and still come out ahead? I beg to differ; it was the general staff that needed changing not the plane. It is time to set things right, was it a dog or was it a good plane that took a beating in the press for unfair reasons? If so how can all of the pilots (aces) from the USA, UK, RAAF, RNAF, Russia, AVG, France, Finland, and many more countries have produced such a record of greatness with a dog. NO, THE P-40 HAS HAD A BUM RAP FAR TOO LONG. A few of us would like to rectify this by honouring the P-40 with this campaign.

Bob R (Bigrip74) came up with the idea and Damian Rigby (AussieReg) led the campaign with the following 20 entrants completing the campaign with some outstanding builds of P-40 Variants including an entry by one of our youngest entrants Liam Rigby (age 6):

P-40N by Damian Rigby (AussieReg)
P-40M Kittyhawk MkIII by Adam Maas (mykroft)
P-40 by Jesper (SGTJKJ)
P-40N by Floyd Werner Jr (FloydWerner)
P-40 by Mark Patman (mpatman)
P-40 Kittyhawk by Leo Cascinova (rebilda)
P-40 Kittyhawk by Samantha Scoles (Camogirl)
P-40 by Brian Fendley (bf443)
P-40 by Stefan Halter (Dangeroo)
P-40B by Warren Inman (warreni)
P-40C by Axel (Whitey)
P-40C by Nick Zour (NickZour)
P-40E by Vance (Vanzie)
P-40E by Emre Efli (emroglan)
P-40K By Rob Storey (29Foxtrot)
P-40M by Paul P (ppawlak1)
P-40N by Lap Man (eMan)
Tomahawk MkIIb by martin (SUNDON)
P-40 by Trevor Snyder (Snorri23)
P-40 by Liam Rigby
P-40 by Russell Anderson (Siderius)
P-40 by Matthew Quiroz (Red4)
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About the Author

About Damian Rigby (AussieReg)
FROM: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Born 1967. Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemistry and Aquatic Biology, currently working in Construction Industry as Technical Sales in Hydronic systems. Married to Karen, with 6 children, Jessica, Lola, Joshua and Liam, Darcy and Evie. Other hobbies are guitars, fishing and woodwork, but with 5 k...


Comments

You're welcome and I only thought it was fair that Liam got a mention as well
NOV 12, 2011 - 11:11 AM
Congrats all! Damian, thank you -- the P-40 has had a bum rap for too long!
NOV 12, 2011 - 05:10 PM
I'm in total agreement Fred, but the real thanks go to Bob (Bigrip74) and Hermon (VonCuda) for getting this Campaign going. I just took over the helm when Bob had to take leave and move house. Don't get me wrong, I'm quite happy to take ALL of the credit, but then I wouldn't be able to sleep at night Cheers, D
NOV 12, 2011 - 05:52 PM
Noticed my P-40 didn't make the cut Great campaign. Thanks for running it. "Q"
NOV 13, 2011 - 03:28 AM
Sorry guys, it looks like I missed a couple sorting through the 20+ entries. I've sent the corrections to Rowan and they have now been added.
NOV 14, 2011 - 09:51 AM
Thanks. "Q"
NOV 14, 2011 - 11:26 AM
Thanks for posting my build. I've enjoyed looking at one and all on this feature. Russell
NOV 14, 2011 - 03:04 PM
Just for future reference, and too late for some (but my defence is that I only found this out last Saturday) it's safe to say that the aircraft used British Sutton harnesses, even those in the Med. Edgar
NOV 14, 2011 - 07:32 PM
That was definitely a great campaign Cheers Nick
NOV 15, 2011 - 05:07 AM
Great and well run campaign! Lots of great entries! It was fun to participate. Looking forward to see you all in the next campaign.
NOV 15, 2011 - 12:05 PM