Serving under another flag GB: Bell P-39N Airacobra French service, Eduard 8064 1/48
First finish of 2022 which started in 2021.
Provided options by Eduard are a US, Russian and French scheme. Since this aircraft is build often as the famous Russian variant, I decided to go for a lesser famous scheme, the French. The aircraft is the 42-9410 "M" of G.C. III/6 "Travail" in Algeria 1944. The kit is a pleasure to build, very decent fitting and quite some details out of the box. The only addition I did was drilling the exhausts, adding the seatbelts made from masking tape, brake lines on the main landing gear and adding the antenna wire.
Advices from Tom Cleaver @tcinla to thin the wing trailing edges, Tom Bebout @tom-bebout about the failing stickiness of the masks at curve surfaces and Eric Berg @eb801 about the required tweaking of the car doors, were very helpfull.
Their advices have definitely helped in getting a decent result of this kit.
To prevent it from being a tail sitter, Eduard provided a nice piece of metal which fit exactly in the nose region.
Walkways are airbrushed, with the help of the provided masks from Eduard, and do look much better than decal variants to my opinion. Something I will definitely do on future builds as well.
Unforunately I was not able to shoot better pictures using daylight because the clouded weather remains resulting in very dark days the last weeks. So I was forced to shoot some pictures with artifical light causing the colors to not look as nice as they are in real.
In the end this kit was a real pleasure to build and can be turned into a very nice looking aircraft.
Thanks to all who helped en commented during the build.
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