1/48 Hobby Craft P-26 Peashooter
Well, sports fans. I've finally finished my 1/48 Hobby Craft Boeing P-26 Peashooter. I built it as gift for my wife Kathy and jokingly call it the “Fabergé Easter Egg of Fighter Planes. The late 1930's and the run up to WWII truly produced some very colorful designs. This particular aircraft was assigned to the 73rd Pursuit Squadron “Golden Bears”, 17th Pursuit Group, March Field, CA in the late 1930's.
All in all, this was a fun build and went together well with almost NO filler needed. I was very careful pre-fitting the parts, however, because there were very many “fiddly bits” and clearances were tight. Additional detail was provided by Eduard PE for the engine and cockpit and rigging was E Zrigging by Mark's Models and Toys (made that chore a lot easier). Paints were Vallejo Air (Yellow RLM 4 and Fire Red) and Tamiya XF-81 Dark Green 2 (RAF). Lastly, the decals were by Yellow Wings(48-072) and were VERY nice to work with. There were options for the 34th “Thunderbirds” and 95th ‘Kicking Mules Pursuit squadrons as well.
Lastly, special thanks to Tom Cleaver for help on color details and various insights I gleaned from his P-26 build/reviews of other model websites.