Midway Group Build 1/48 Monogram P-39 Airacobra 42nd Fighter Sqd
On June 3,1944 the Japanese began their offensive against American forces station in Alaska, at Dutch Harbor. Most of their bombs fell into the harbor and little damaged occurred. They would return on June 4th and set oil storage tanks on fire, damaged the hospital and a beached ship. Japanese forces followed up their air strikes with an invasion of Kiska Island on June 6 then Attu on June 7, 1944. So bagan the Aleutian Island Campaign to recapture the islands and to destroy the invading fleet. By August, 1943,all US territory had been recovered.
Although US forces had drawn up plans for attacking northern Japan they were not executed. However, sorties were flown against the Kuriles and the Japanese base of Paramushir, which diverted over 500 planes and some 41,00 ground troops. Probably the greatest gain from this campaign was the capture of an intact Zero on Akutan Island. The plane was promptly returned to the United States and made it’s first test flight in September, 1942. Valuable intelligence information was obtained from this aircraft.
The Monogram P-39 has been around for quite some time and I acquired it along with another one for $10. Inspired me to do one for this build. Did add an Ultracast seat and some wheels , the rest is OOB. Tamiya and Model master paints were used and nylon thread for the antenna. Some how I broke the nose gun off so I replaced it with aluminum tube. Aftermarket decals were used and this A/C represents a P-39 with the 42nd Fighter Squadron, 54th Fighter Group.
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