Hasegawa 1/48 Scale P-39
This is the wonderful Hasegawa P-400 / P-39 kit (depending on what box art you buy, the kits are the same, other than decals). The kit was a lot of fun to build, it goes together without any problems and with a few added details, especially in the cockpit can really be turned into a nice model.
The only issue is with the canopy being a little narrow to the fuselage. This can be tackled a couple different ways. You can either try to shape the sides of the fuselage and then have to redo panel lines, or do what I did, carefully spread the canopy out while gluing it down with super glue, (sometimes I’m amazed at what I get away with during a build). Anyway, it held.
I added some PE eduard seatbelts and some other PE goodies in the cockpit. The gun barrels were drilled out, but I noticed in my reference picture I was using that this aircraft had all the gun barrels taped over. To depict this I used a very thin layer of tissue, dipped in white clue and water to make the cover. A single layer of the tissue was used otherwise it looks too thick.
The markings are of a P-39 on Adak Alaska in 1942 with the 11th AF, 54th FG. I used a picture from a book on the Aleutians campaign as a reference. The picture is very common one that shows up on a lot searches on the P-39 in the Aleutians.
Overall a fun build made so by a fun kit !
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