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Joe Caputo
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1/48 Monogram P-39 Airacobra

September 16, 2013 · in Aviation · · 5 · 2.7K

Here's another one we've all built, the trusted, old, Mongram . I've been led to understand that this was 's first attempt at a "serious" scale model. It was my second time around with it, and I still enjoy this kit. I've always wanted to do this shark-mouth version, but upon researching it, I found that no two modelers paint it the same colors. Even the guys doing the box art have got it different over the years (re-pops) I made a guess as to what I thought it might be based on the British colors I thought it may wear originally (sand and spinach) While I was going back to an "old school" build, I figured I would paint it the same way, so out came the brush. You wouldn't believe how much fun I had getting it the way I wanted it. Still learning after all these years, and it's a pleasure...

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  1. Old school is still cool!

  2. Damned skippy old school is still cool. The Monogram P-39 is the only P-39 kit that can be modeled with the doors closed. Try closing the doors on the Eduard or Hasegawa offerings and you will see some major gaps. So much for modern engineering. Another stunner, Joe.

  3. It was done in Dupont RAF colors of Dark Earth, Dark Green and Sky Grey. 30 years ago modelers may have gotten it wrong, but modern research has it figured out now. That's for the "P-400" (ex. RAF Airacobra I). HTH

  4. Oldschool is prfect for an old hand like you.

  5. Joe,
    A very nice job on a very cool old Monogram kit. Great, I love it.

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