New Iliad Design Decal Sets

Two new WWII aircraft decal sets from Iliad Design have been announced: 1/32nd-Scale: 7./JG 53 Bf 109G-6 “Cartoon Aircraft” and 1/72nd-Scale: Early P-40s & Tomahawks.

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P-40 Pilot’s Ground Checks

Ground checks for the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk from Pilot Training Manual for the P-40, Headquarters, AAF, Office of Flying Staff, 1943.

P-40 Pilot’s Ground Checks

P-40 Warhawk Pilot Ground Checks

Before you get into your airplane, look it over closely. Walk around and inspect the wings, fuselage and control surfaces. Look carefully; take your time.

Before you climb into the cockpit be sure you have checked all of the following:

1. Check your tires and tailwheel. See that the struts have plenty of clearance. An instruction plate on each strut shows the necessary clearance.

2. Make sure the cover is off the pitot tube.

3. See that the covers are on the gun hatches.

4. See that the caps are fastened tightly on the gas, oil, and coolant tanks.

5. Make sure the Dzus fasteners are secure, and check the fairing on the entire ship for looseness.

6. Find out whether the propeller has been pulled through. It needs at least four turns if the engine is cold.

7. See that the wings and wingtips are not damaged.

8. Check canopy for proper tolerance.


Flying Tigers Releases from King & Country

King & Country has an upcoming series of toy soldier releases of the “Flying Tigers” from World War II.

Flying Tigers P-40 with Sharks Teeth by King and CountryItem No.: AF018
Name: Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger
Desc.: Originally intended to be part of very large order going to the Royal Air Force, one hundred of the planes were sent to the Flying Tigers in China. Still sporting British camouflage, the P-40s were then adorned with the famous “Shark’s Teeth” insignia and a cartoon flying tiger courtesy of Disney. This model aircraft is painted with the personal #88 markings of former USMC pilot Kenneth A. Jernstedt who shot down 10.5 Japanese aircraft while flying and fighting with the Flying Tigers. Planned Production Run: 250 aircraft.
Price: $229.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
Flying Tigers Ace Pilot with Map, Toy SoldierItem No.: AF024
Name: Flying Tiger Pilot: David “Tex” Hill
Description: One of the most famous of Tiger pilots “Tex” Hill had a long and distinguished flying career. Beginning in the U.S. Navy he flew dive bombers before being recruited by Claire Cheunault to fly in China. He shot down 12 Japanese aircraft with the Flying Tigers before transferring over to the U.S. Army Air Corps. Eventually “Tex” Hill retired as a Brigadier General in the U.S.A.F. many years later. The figure shows him consulting his map and wearing the leather flight jacket with the famous “blood chit” on the back.
Price: $41.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
Flying Tigers Pilot by King and Country Toy SoldiersItem No.: AF025
Name: Flying Tiger Pilot: Kenneth A. Jernstedt
Description: Ken Jernstedt was another “double-ace” while flying in China with the American Volunteer Group. Like “Tex” Hill he also transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 after America entered the war. The Ken Jernstedt figure is wearing the leather flight jacket with the “blood chit” and a flying helmet.
Price: $41.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.