Eduard 1/48 P-39N Airacobra
Should credit Tom Cleaver's GB titled Build 'Em or Bin 'Em for helping me get the old Mojo juices flowing again. I've had little or no time at the bench for several months but hopefully that will now change. Started this kit long ago as a quick and easy project, build the cockpit, assembled the fuselage then put her back in the box and on the shelf. Came across some nice P-39 decals at a show and since the Soviets flew some very colorful P-39's, I felt it was time to finish her.
Built pretty much out of the box, I did however add a Ultracast seat and some wheels to spruce her up a bit. To make the build go even faster she was painted using Tamiya and Model Master rattle cans for the exterior. A Pitt Pen was used to highlight the panel lines and some nylon thread represents the antenna. In retrospect I should have added some exhause stains but hey I'm calling this baby done. This A/C represents one flown by Hero of the Soviet Union, N. J. Protenkov. For a plane that the USAAF didn't really like or want the Soviets were able to make maximum use of the P-39's firepower and reliable radios to their advantage, especially in dog fights under 15,000 feet.
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