|Kit||Kit Manufacturer||Scale||Price||Options||Out of Box (OOB) or Modified||Rating (1-10 10=best)|
|"Pearl Harbor" P-35||Hobbycraft||1/48||$15||Multiple US Army and Brazilian types||Modified (paint and markings)||6|
This is the same kit as the P-36c (the exact same kit, actually - I wasn't happy with the finish on the last kit, so I stripped the paint, fixed, cleaned up, and repainted it.) Some modifications were needed to present the aircraft as a Hawk 75 - the underwing shell collection"bins" were removed, two more wing gun barrels were added (included in the kit - yes they broke off since then,) and Aeromaster decals were added.
Track down Squadron's "The Finnish Air Force" book for history and information.
This kit was not "modeled" after a specific aircraft - it is a 'generic' Finnish Hawk. The Curtiss Hawks were not assigned to specific units, though some aircraft did carry personal markings of their pilots.
Also, as a side note, while the Finnish air force
used a blue swastika on a white background as their
national insignia until the end of WWII, there was no
relation to Nazi Germany or Naziism in general, nor were
they really "allies" of Germany. The symbol was
the family symbol of count Eric von Rosen, who donated
the first aircraft to the Finnish Air Force over a decade
before Hitler's rise to power and adoption of the
Swastika for his party's symbol..