P-39Q Airacobra 'Snooks 2nd' - HobbyBoss 80240 - 1/72
I tried another HobbyBoss 'Easy Assembly' kit and it was pretty easy and pretty quick, but has a few detail errors and/or missing items. It does provide me with an adequate Airacorbra for my case. This was good practice for the Academy kit, also a 'Snooks 2nd' plane. I now know how to tackle that nice white leading edge and tail section now. Instructions show to keep wing guns and add additional gun pod - but - a Wiki search indicates that starting with the P-39Q-1 variant, the wing-mounted .30 caliber machine guns were replaced with a .50 caliber in a pod under each wing. So I guess I should have done more research and cut off the wing guns. DANG!
I guess I can just designate this as a D/Q variant and nick name it the 'DQ -Diary Queen' model.
This poor little guy was doomed to be a tail sitter as the fuselage is a solid piece of plastic and there was no way to add enough nose weight, so a rear clear post was added to make her sit proper - camera angles hide the post.
Turns out the actual P-39Q-6-BE "Snooks 2nd / Betty Lou 3rd" Serial Number 42-19995 was built just south of the border by Bell in Buffalo, NY and is now hanging from the ceiling at the at Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Serviceman's Park Museum.
I don't know how many times I checked out the Buffalo museum photos and I did not even notice once that the kit had too many guns.
Gottta pop over the border and have a look, hopefully sooner than later.
Full story of 'Snooks 2nd' can be found on the 'Pacific Wrecks' website.
Primed with Flat White Enamel, then masked and sprayed with Tamiya XF-49 Khaki and XF-66 Light Grey.
Kit Decals were pretty stiff but they worked fine and grabbed the Pledge coat well enough; although, the yellow script is more translucent than opaque.
All finished with Micro Satin.
Thanks for looking.
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