Hasegawa, 1:48 Scale P-400, "Airacobra"
This is the Hasegawa 1:48 scale P-400. Nice kit. Goes together very well, has really nice detail inside and out. Even the doors fit without too much tweaking. A friend of mine, Nick Buro, was a crew chief on these birds. He was asked by another modeler,"Which of the doors on the "Airacobra" was usually left open?" Nick just looked at him and in his usual scruffy manner replied, "The one you wanted to get your a*s reamed out for...we never left door open unless the air frame was being serviced, fueled, armed, or the pilot was getting aboard..." He further explained that if the door were opened near the flight line, and they caught another aircraft's prop wash, it would have been ripped right off thereby, taking the aircraft out of service. Since parts and replacement aircraft were hard to come by at that time, "You did NOT want to be the guy who caused an aircraft to be removed from service..."
Anyway, back to the model...
I painted her with Tamiya Acrylics, Aeromaster decals, Flory Washes, pastel chalks, Quickboost exhaust and weapons, Ultra Cast seat, Infini rigging thread and and a Master Miniatures pitot tube.
I favor the Hasegawa kit over the Eduard kit. Eduard is still a very nice kit, but I think the Hasegawa offering is a wee bit better both in looks and in fit.
Thanks for looking and I think this makes seven for the year too, and I didn't get to a point where I could build until March.
Thanks for looking y'all, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a very Happy New Year to everyone!
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