with all the kerfuffle about Airfix's P-40, I thought some might be
interested in a contemporaneous review of the Monogram kit, this from
W.R. Matthews' "Model Talk" column in the March 1965 issue of Flying Review International :
"Monogram's P-40B has been eagerly awaited by modellers
since it was first announced many months ago and having just received an
example of this kit we can say that it has been well worth waiting for.
Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a higher standard being attained by
any manufacturer than that set by Monogram with their P-40B. Absolutely
accurate and superbly detailed — the detailing even extending to an
excellent cabin interior with the fuselage structure correctly pressed
on to the inside surfaces of the fuselage halves. — the kit is provided
with alternative cockpit canopies, one of which can be cemented in the
closed position and the other open, ensuring that interior detail is
fully visible while maintaining accurate canopy shape.
"The pressings are delightfully clean, with no flash anywhere, and are
in the correct olive drab shade with a first-rate semi-matt finish. The
transfer sheet is quite outstanding, offering markings for a U.S.A.A.F.
P-40B, an American Volunteer Group "Flying Tiger" complete with an
impressive set of shark's teeth, and an R.A.F. Tomahawk IIA, and is also
finished matt, a fact which, in itself, is a notable "first" for
Monogram, and one for which modellers have been pleading for years.
"Rarely does a kit arrive on our work bench that we can praise without
reservation, but Monogram's P-40B is one such rarity, and at
ninety-eight cents in the U.S.A. it is wonderful value."
Ho fatto un copia incolla di un post su Hyperscale che potete trovare in queste ore, direi interessantissima. 1965 ... come il kit Monogram veniva visto dai modellisti d'allora, che se oggi, che è ancora un kit commercializzato e in USA non manca mai negli scaffali, vi potreste mettere anche le mani nei capelli abituati a Tamiya e compagnia, ma nel 1965 ... un capolavoro. Come passa il tempo ... e con lui le pretese del modellista.