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CURTISS P-40 TOMAHAWK I   {CIRCA-1941}

In the early days of the Second World War, 400 Squadron flew Lysander and P-40 Tomahawk aircraft from their base in the Odiham in the UK.  During this era, on 19  Oct. 1941, a squadron pilot attempted to fly under a newly constructed bridge and there was about one metre clearance on either wing tip.
Once committed, a truck appeared from the opposite direction - the pilot reacted and pulled up slightly.  However, one wing tip contacted the bridge and a one-metre section of the left wing was removed from the aircraft.  The aircraft flew on and recovered at the base but ground-looped and flipped over on landing - the pilot was unhurt.  The locals considered that only a Spitfire could do this and thus the bridge was known as ‘Spitfire Bridge’ until demolished in 1983.


The model is 1/72 scale by Airfix and is unmodified.  The decals are from an IPMS set and the markings on the model match the actual Tomahawk that went under the bridge.  The paint job is beat-up and weathered and the left (port) wingtip is broken away from the impact with the bridge.  The truck is by Airfix and the jeep and car are metal diecast.  The horses and vegetation are by Woodland 
Scenics and the seagulls are “Little critters’ by ML Designs.


The bridge was scratch-built from card styrene plastic.  The design is exactly the same as the original bridge.  A photo of the bridge was scanned and converted to a drawing the same scale as the model for ease of construction.

Diorama - Tomahawk I

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Bill Bishop,
20 Jul 2011, 08:00
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Bill Bishop,
20 Jul 2011, 08:00
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