Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Imperfections important for accurate replica
Accurately replicating a warbird's paint scheme sometimes means adding in the imperfections. A close look at the tail of the FHC's P-40C Tomahawk reveals a bit of a mess when it comes to the constancy of the camouflage lines. The rudder and fairings don't match up. That is because the plane was painted at the Curtiss factory in manageable pieces and then assembled. Looking at historic photos of P-40s serving in China, FHC staffers were able to develop an apparently flawed, but accurate camouflage scheme.