Vintage Revell P-39 Airacobra 1/46 scale

May 4, 2021 · in Aviation · · 32 · 2.5K

As I had said in some of my previous posts, following my project to restore or even to build models which bring me back good memories, now I went to this 1955 original mold of .

My oldest brother Pedrinho (82 now) had this model and it was probably one of the very first scale models I had ever seen in my life, I suppose circa 1967 when it was released in Brazil.

I had waited really a very long time trying to acquire this kit, which was quite difficult to find due its rarity. Fortunately I found it on Mercado Livre (local E-bay) and I got it at a fair price.

The first task was to restore the damaged box, with some card reinforcements and retouch the beautiful and nostalgic art with oils and clear varnish to protect.

The building was as simple as possible as I should have done some decades ago, except for the airbrushing. All painting in Polyester inks from Dryco (local mgf.)

This work has become a milestone in my life as a modeler, as it is the first one after my beloved wife Maria has passed away last February, after her long struggle against ovarian cancer, to whom I dedicate this post.

Finally, a good fun to rest my mind and another beautiful antique in my collection full of good memories.

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    Lis said on May 4, 2021

    Good work! I love vintage models!

  2. First Roberto, you have my heart felt condolences on the passing of your wife. May she rest in peace. And that's a great job on an old classic kit, and boy does that bring back lots of memories.

  3. Roberto,

    Please accept my sincere sympathy also. And thank you for posting this subject. I made this one with my dad back in the sixties. It is always fun to get reacquainted with an old friend.

    Best regards,

  4. I am very sorry for your loss, Sir. God bless her.
    I have this model. It looks great built. Not bad at all for 1955! More accurate than the
    common Aurora's of the era.
    Great job on the pilot, he looks very confident. Looks neat on the stand too.

  5. Nicely done! A fine dedication to your wife, condolences sir.

  6. Roberto, my condolences, I hope you are finding peace in life. This is a great build, and a terrific project. I love the vintage box to go along with the vintage build. Despite the fact that Atlantis Models is re-popping the plastic after all these years (can be bought new!), that gorgeous box art makes this build all the more unique.

    • Dear Andrew, thank you for your message and condolences.
      I agree with you about the original plastic injection. I remember those old box to have a particular noise when shaken, seemed even like Bakelite (do you remember this plastic brand?)

  7. My condolences also, Roberto. May your beloved Rest In Peace. Fantastic job on the model and the restoration of the box. I’d love to say the kit brings back memories for me too, but I was just a twinkle in my father’s eye when this was released!

  8. I love old Monogram and Revell kits, Roberto (@boblucio). Well done!

  9. My deepest condolences, Roberto. @boblucio
    Wish you a lot of strength.
    Your build is fantastic and it will bring back positive memories each time you look at it.

  10. Beautiful work, I love the old kits. And my condolences on the passing of your wife.

  11. My depest condolences as well, Roberto. May your Wife rest in peace.
    I love your build, most of all the connection between your Wife and your Brother.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Looking forward to your next build.

  12. 願上帝保佑你的家人,非常漂亮的作品,期待您的下一部作品!

    • Via Google translator:
      May God bless your family, very beautiful work, and look forward to your next work!

      Dear Jason, thank you for your message and God bless your family too.


  13. Great to see this old timer built Roberto @boblucio.
    Nice Job!

  14. I love building those old models, they always remind me of a simpler time, what a nice job you did on it !

  15. Always a pleasant and nostalgic project to build one of these old kits. Well done!

  16. Roberto, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, your dedication however, was very heartfelt and I’m sure she is proud. Blessings.

  17. Dear Gary, thank you for your message. Blessings.

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