Monogram 1/48 P-39 Airacobra
Probably the most brilliantly engineered fighter of WWII, the P-400/P-39 was designed around the Oldsmobile 37mm cannon. Because of the weight and recoil force of this cannon,it necessitated the gun to be mounted in the nose firing thru the propeller hub. This required the engine to be mounted amidships which allowed for the retracting nose gear. Brilliant but it never really lived up to expectations as a high altitude fighter because the USAAC required the removal of the turbo-supercharger. Then the Russians got hold of them thru Lend Lease, and it prove to be quite a ground-attack platform as well as an Ace maker for several Soviet pilots.
Don’t know why but I enjoy picking up these old Monogram and Revell kits at shows then try my hand at making them look good. Added a True Detail seat, along with some wheels, AeroMaster decals, and presto chango one has a decent looking model. The decals really went down well and I would recommend them. I also used Tamiya and Model Master paints,some were rattle cans some were hand painted. This A/C depicts a P-39 flown by Lt Roy Owen stationed in New Guinea, October,1943. Yes I realize this model has a 20nn cannon in it, and not the 37mm. Likewise, I just couldn’t bring my self to dirty her up, enjoy seeing her factory new. Either way it was fun to build and that’s what it’s all about.
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