P-39Q Airacobra – Academy 1/72
I have had a passion for the P-39 since I was a child, when my oldest brother (80 old now) bought the Revell P-39 kit in the 1960s. That was indeed the first kit I saw in my life, and I have fond memories of that time.
The Academy’s P-39 D / Q Airacobra 1/72 kit follows the manufacturer’s format, with correct proportions, fine recessed lines, but still misses in details. The model certainly deserves the inclusion of resin and / or PE detailing sets.
The building was based in Tamiya’s primer and Drycolor’s (polyester) inks. I just inserted some cockpit details, like a box on the left side of the seat, the elevator trim, the throttle quadrant, the pedals, the seat belts and the sight acrylic. The parking wedges werre made of balsa wood and the base of MDF. The figure is part of USAAF Personel Airfix set. Oil based inks for wheathering (black, brown and gray).
Finally, it’s a simple but very showy model due to the chosen paint scheme. The open door gives a special touch.
P-39 Airacobra In Action – Squad Books
P-39 in detail – Squadron Books
Kittyhawk 1/32 Kit Instruction
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