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Frank Cronin
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Monogram P-39

June 27, 2013 · in Aviation · · 9 · 1.9K

Hey, can I jump in here also. The is the naughty scheme for the a of the 36th FS, 8th FG,out of New Guinea, 1943. I built for a guy that loved the markings. Overall the is still a very good kit. Particularly for it's age and price. However I agree that nothing compares with the Hasagawa kit. This was fun to build and I have done a number of this kit. Overall the P-39 was perhaps one of the best looking airplanes made. Not the best, just one of the best.

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  1. Ahhh, this is the one that I have been waiting to see, the good 'ol Monogram P-39. Yeah, the Eduard & Hasegawa kits are nice, but it takes a bit of real talent to make a Monogram kit look that good. Well done sir.

  2. The Monogram P-39 is probably the best overall of the "old" Monogram kits (followed closely by the Typhoon, which lacks the good cockpit the P-39 has). When it first came out in 1969, it was a "revolution" in terms of accuracy and fidelity of detail. The only real slam against it is the lack of upturned undersurface in the wingtip, which really isn't that noticeable unless you're looking for it.

  3. Agree, the Monogram P-39 is the most accurate in outline than the others. I
    enjoy building it! Nice job!

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    said on June 28, 2013

    Great Cobra Frank.

  5. lovely snake frank

  6. shes a beauty for sure

  7. The Eduard kit suffers from wings with thick leading edges as well as a trailing edges on the wing...something that can be sanded down with time and patients. Then again there is always the old reliable Monogram kit which is reasonably price and is accurate in out line and shape with raised panel lines. Which doesn't fit the engraved panel lines and rivet/dimples of the current nomenclature...somethings are timeless or are Americana. Before everything went global and corporate and bean the bean counters took over.

    Two thumbs up.

  8. Thank you all for the very nice remarks. I fully agree that Monogram kits stand the test of time. I can't begin to tell you how many I have made over the years. Granted some are very old and very basic but I love em and still have a bunch of them. I seriously got back into modeling particularly plastics, in 1968 after reading a magazine called " 1001 Scale Plastic model Airplanes" It was my first knowledge of Stan Staples who eventually became my mentor. My first kit I built was the Hawker Hurricane. Hand painted in gloss paint. I still have that model.

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