Eduard 1/48 P-400 Airacobra
Latest off the bench is Eduard’s kit of the P-400 Airacobra. With lots of spare time, because of the Covid-19 shelter in place orders, I’ve used this time to reduce some of my stash. Lots has been written about this kit as well as why it’s called a P-400, so I’ll spare you a rehash. This is Eduard’s 2000 version, kit #8061, and came with a nose weight as well as canopy mask. I found the masks to be rather worthless as they would not stick to curved surfaces. They have obviously been improved since then.
Overall fit was good, however the doors didn’t exactly fit well if you want to close them, hence they are both opened. The only addition I used on this build was an Ultracast seat with hardness. I also had to obtain another set of decals as the kits decals of “Pat” and “Wahl Eye” were so thin the green color bled through. The rest worked very well and were used. Finding conflicting information on colors I decided to go with what some have called the spinach camouflage scheme. If that’s incorrect too bad as it looks good on my shelf.
Tamiya Sand and Deep Green as well as a light blue were used for this camo scheme. A Brown Pitt Pen was used to highlight the panel lines and Pastel Chalks created the exhause and smoke stains. This P-400 represents one flown by Lt. Eugene Wahl, with 39th FS, 35th FG, at Twelve Mile Airdrome, New Guinea. Stay safe out there the folks.
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