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Curtiss Tomahawk P-40
Remembered as the "best second choice," the P-40 (Tomahawk)
was a sturdy and durable monoplane fighter. It was the first American
single-seat fighter to be mass produced. Known also as the Kitty
Hawk, it was introduced in 1938 at a time when it was sorely needed.
Those diverted to the Royal Air Force were known as Tomahawks. Used
early in WWII by the British and US, the P-40 was inadequate against
the German Bf 109 but it was all that was available at the time.
They were also used widely against the Japanese starting in 1942.
The most famous of these were a volunteer group known as the US
Flying Tigers who flew on behalf of China against the Japanese.
Kit FF-56 Curtiss Tomahawk is a 1/9 scale, flying model that uses the
Box and Former method of construction.
This jumbo model is very popular for conversion to electric or gas powered
flight. Pre-1942 design, eligible for Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) contests.
This free flight kit contains
a full-size rolled plan, building and flying instructions, hand sorted
printed balsa and balsa stripwood, clear plastic for the windshield, wheels,
landing gear wire, 12" E-B propeller, EBM thrust bearing, rubber motor, and
Easy Built Lite tissue in olive, light sky blue, and evergreen
tissue. You will need a building board,
hobby knife, fine sandpaper, and glue.
Kit FF-56 Curtiss Tomahawk P-40
Class: Scale flyer
Building Skill / Flying Skill: Experienced / Experienced
a photo of your model!
"Here are a few pictures of the completed P40 I built from your kit. It is electric powered with a power 15
and has a Spectrum radio for control. I enjoyed building your kit very much and it lends itself well to
being converted." - Martin Wladyka
Click here to see his series of
construction photos of this beautiful electric rc conversion.
"Here are some pictures of my latest build. It is a full house
control layout, and is powered by Magnum 15. Balsa does fly better!" -
built and fly your FF-56 Curtis Tomahawk. I have electrified
it to fly with a brushless Rimfire 28mm motor and 1250mHa
"Here is a photo of one of your 50" Curtis P-40 kits we just
finished. We are hoping to fly it in FAC Giant scale and SAM
scale events. We made the wings removable and added a 17" wooden
propeller to qualify for the SAM events. This one was a real challenge
and it took 85 different pieces of Jap tissue on the fuselage to
make all the compound curves." - Mark Troutman
Balsa Model Airplane Kit, Balsa flies better.