P-39 Hasegawa 1/48 scale
Like most aircraft modelers, doing WW2 stuff, the first thing I wanted to build was the fast, sexy stuff like Mustangs and Spitfires, or the top aces of the time. But as I got more into researching and reading about the war, I soon discovered that a lot of the real hero’s were the guys who flew the early stuff, like going up against a Zero with a Wildcat, or in this case, flying a P-39 and probably hoping that the BF 109s were not hungry that day. As a good friend of mine mentioned to me, that you have to remember, this was the era of the model A Fords and aircraft technology was still relatively new.
This model is Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale. It does have a few fit issues to wrestle with, like the canopy fit and the gun inserts in the wings. But it you give it the proper time and attention you can over come these pretty easy. For me I was able to get a good fit on the canopy, but after spending hours on the wings, finally cut off the guns, worked in a good fit with the inserts,(a little filling), then replaced the rifle barrels with hypodermic needles, I was then good to go. The early P-39s actually had a shroud around the barrels, most of the time these were removed, but I elected to add them on, I thought they made the guns look more interesting.
Research was difficult, especially when it came down to markings and specific groups. The best I can speculate on was that a lot of squadrons were absorbed into others and eventually the survivors were handed over to other country’s. I found a lot of in the field applied camo and squadron codes paint over, and over again.
The photo I used for this model was in Italy in 1944 .It had flown with the 93rd FS, in Africa in1943, and who knows who else used it. The picture also indicated it was a P-39, however it had the exhaust stacks of a P-400.