Monogram 1/48 P-39 as a Portuguese P-39D 1943
I have always had an interest in Portuguese aircraft, as my parents are both from the Acores. This diorama was built as a curiosity for my dad, as he had always seen me building kits from my early teens up until I left the house when I got married.
The kit is the 1/48 Monogram P-39, set up to depict a maintenance scene with crew working on a Portuguese P-39D- one of a number of USAAF aircraft types that were interred in Portugal during WW2, as a result of emergency landing due to low fuel in transit or mistaken navigation. This P-39D was put into service at Airbase No.2, Ota Portugal. Esqudrillia OK. For markings, I used the Tally Ho Decals -4206 Portugal: Fighters 1940-1950.
I used some spare Monogram crew figures, and aftermarket white metal crates, you can also see the crate and oil drum included in the AMT 1/48 F7F Tigercat kit! The detail is out of the box in terms of the kit, as I wanted a straightforward conversation piece, and was not as interested in detailing it as accurately as possible, as my dad is not a big model fan- I just wanted to make something for him as a memory of me after leaving the house.
I am hoping to do some more detailed dioramas, but have not found the nerve yet!
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