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  1. Eduard's well known P-38Q with again Eduard steel seatbelts. First the actual plane and profile drawan with a French artist. Here our box art; one of old boxings of Eduard. despite of its age;decals impressed me. The interrior;
  2. See here (incl. pics): http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=234928833 and http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=12837 V.P.
  3. Brengun is to release a 1/144Bell P-39K Airacobra kit - ref. BRP144011 Source: https://www.facebook.com/oxygino3dart/photos/a.205098073155516/726743720990946/?type=3&theater Box art V.P.
  4. I have a nasty habit of doing WIPs and never showing off the end result, so for the first time, an RFI. the kit was the Eduard 1/48 dual combo P-39 Airacobra Bella. this has the privilege of being my first and second Eduard build. Paints used were mainly Mr Hobby for all major external surfaces, with details being either Vallejo or Tamiya. Apart from things like exhaust stacks, all applied with the airbrush. This was also my first attempt at weathering, though restricted to pre-shading and some exhaust and radiator staining. I found the kit to be challenging
  5. Time to stress myself out a little and go in a different direction, East. This is going to push me a bit further along the line of learning as there are going to be a number of firsts here. 1) Something in Russian service 2) Something that has a lot of etch 3) Two kits at the same time 4) A first attempt at weathering what is going to cause all this? Bella I made a start by opening the box, deciding it was too much and putting it back in the cupboard. I then made a second start by opening the box, unwrapping the sprues
  6. This one was built from an initial Eduard boxing (2000) so I added their etch set to it and CMK exhausts, the heavy weathering was guided from reference of the same aircraft, these things got real dirty over in the Guadalcanal.
  7. Well I've had a idea for this GB for a little while but I have been more keen since I acquired Eduard's lovely P-39 Dual Combo pack. It was a very interesting and innovative aircraft for it's time and was really liked (the Soviets loved them) or hated. It was pretty useless above 17,000 ft but devastating at lower altitudes when in use by the Soviets. Nearly 10,000 were produced and was used by 8 different countries during and after the war. I would also like to include the P-63 Kingcobra in this build as well although very similar they didn't share any components,
  8. Hi, I voted for this group so can't sit and wach only.... My entry is an Academy Cobra with some aftermarkets. Don't know if I finish it on time (I have B-25 and P-47 in progress), but it will be a good start. My intentions are to do a P-400 variant and WAHL EYE II camo.
  9. Right then, despite not having finished my F-105 (nowhere near finished!) I am going to commit myself with my entry to this STGB with an example of Eduards excellent P-39 range of kits, but not actually a P-39, no I'm going to build a P-400. Now I'm sure you all already know that that P-400 is the designation given to P-39's which were built for export to Britain but were subsequently taken over by the USAAF as they needed everything they could get their hands on to help stem the tide of the Japanese advance across the Pacific, but if you didn't you do now! Still not 100% sure which air
  10. Doc72

    Why car-doors?

    Hi! I just wondered why the Airacobra, Kingcobra and the early Typhoons had car-like side-doors? It probably made entering the cockpit easier, but since when was creature comfort a driving force in fighter design? Furthermore, pilots didn't seem to like it and it made bailing out rather more difficult than easier. Nevertheless, it was fashionable with aircraft designers at some time and there must have been some perceived advantages. But which? BTW, how many designs used such doors? I can only think of the Bell fighters (including the Airabonita?) and the Hawker Typhoon (includi
  11. My first aircraft completed since January last year, and my first model completed since a semi-enforced hiatus since the beginning of October. Went together pretty easily, and the decals were great. The build stalled early in the year (I was having problems getting a good finish with the pale blue undersides). A few fumbles at the end due to lack of practice (managed to get glue on one of the door windows - doh), but looks OK from a distance. Finished in brush painted Italeri and Tamiya acrylics and made grubby with some cheap kids' watercolour paint. Thanks @Ed Russell for the advice way back
  12. Hello All! Happy holidays and all the best in the new year. Thought I'd post some pictures of the subjects I got done this year. The B-17 is Revells in 1/72. Seen before. All the rest are 1/48. The Airacobra is Eduards weekend addition. The Hurricane and Stuka are both Airfix kits. Enjoy the pictures and all comments are welcomed. All the very best in the new year. Don Junis
  13. Hello and thanks for your interest, this is my attempt on RS Models 1/72 Airacobra I. The export version was called P-400 and is identical to the P-39D series. The kit was problematic, suffering from incomplete mouldings, damaged clear parts and generally poor fit. This is the best I could get out within the 4-weeks timeframe I had. The model was painted with Tamiya & Mr.Hobby acrylics. Decals from the box, representing a machine operating in the Murmanks area, winter 1942/1943. I'd like to thank fellow Britmodellers Troy Smith and Fernando as well as Mr.
  14. Hi all, I started this wee beastie about a week or so ago. It's the Revell Microwings 1/144 P39 Airacobra which cost me the huge expense of £2. It wasn't too difficult a kit to build but there were some fit issues (considering there's not much of it to fit together) however I'm happy enough how it turned out. The nose is packed with Liquid Gravity so it won't tail sit. The spinner is too big but I didn't even attempt to fix it... I seriously doubt I could anyway. The rather distinctive nose cannon was missing from the spinner so I drilled a (s
  15. Gday All Latest project to hit the Cutting Mat is the Kittyhawk P-39 Airacobra. kittyhawk boxart , Ive always liked the look of the P-39 in RAF colours, so will be doing this kit as a Mk1. American aircraft - to me - always look better in pommy colours anyway! Something like this hopefully. P -39 Collection - A Cash Peter Arnold 050c_zpslqoqxkgy , The kit looks fantastic in the box, hopefully it builds up nicely too. Kittyhawk allow you to build a model with engine cowlings, gun access panels, cockpit doors, radio access pan
  16. Hasegawa 09738 Kit with kit decals. Used the left side Q from the Eduard kit since that has the black outline around it. SBS Model Prop Vector Wheelbay Brassin Wheels (except for the nose wheel, which will not fit in the kit part) Black Box cockpit Master in Miniatures .303 guns and pitot from a P-40 Rexx exhausts Got rid of the wheel doors since they were not on it And used a Tamiya P-51D fuel tank Paints from Mr.Color range Hope you like it. I do. And it was a quick build for me, only two months!
  17. Hi All! I would like to show you one of my previous works, from 2013. For the build I used parts of Eduard's Zoom PE set, the resin sets for main wheels and propeller by SBS Models, and a lot of scratch parts of my own (front wheel well, cockpit, radio). US insignia and the serial number on the tail was painted using laser cut custom masks. Gunze and Tamiya paints were used. WIP: http://www.makett.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=129&t=3428 Thanks for watching!
  18. MPM is to rebox the Academy's 1/72nd Bell P-39/P-400 Airacobra kit with new decals. - ref. MPM72005 - Bell P39Q/N Airacobra "Russian Cobras" Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bell-p39qn-airacobra-russian-cobras-mpm72005-mpm-8592016mpm72005-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=140524 - ref. MPM72006 - Bell P-400/P-39D Airacobra "Cobras over the Pacific' Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bell-p-400p-39d-airacobra-cobras-over-the-pacific-mpm72006-mpm-8592016mpm72006-aircraft-scale-modelling/product
  19. Here is my interpretation of Rechkalov`s P-39N-0 Airacobra, serial 428747, Spring 1944 (as I imagine it before tail exchange and "RGA" inscription on fuselage appearance). My assumptions for "how this aircraft should look like": - cannon and guns barrels in tubular covers, wing machine guns present! - no US radio, but antenna wires remain, - silver-grey propeller blades with Hamilton-Standard marks and inscriptions, - white dot on left doors (center of gravity mark), - white front wheel caps, - interior surfaces in "Bell Green" (cockpit, engine, gear covers a
  20. Good day to everyone. While I'm waiting for my friend draw me decal for Follang Gnat based on the movie "Hot Shots!", I decided to make this Airacobra. Work in progress: And there is final images:
  21. AZ Models is to release 1/72nd P-39 Airacobra kits - ref. 73037 - Bell P-39D Airacobra Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM73037 - ref. 74006 - Bell P-39 Airacobra Mk.I Soviet Air Force Source: https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM74006 V.P.
  22. Kitty Hawk is to release a 1/32nd Bell P-39Q/N Airacobra kit - ref. KH32013 Source: http://www.kittyhawkmodel.com/#!kh32013/c24dx V.P.
  23. Hi Here is my current build. Eduard's Bell P-39 Airacobra from the new dual pack. My second build, well kinda as im making a tank as well.. The PE cockpit looks okish.. damn fiddly to glue the levers on.. installation instructions are not great on where to stick the cockpit... as you can see it does not fit perfectly...any one else made it have advice? Weathering. pah I didn't know what I was doing so looks a messy!. The red handle things on the cockpit.. They looks odd. You have to fold a bit of PE but you can see the fold and join? Oh well it is only my second build... maybe now to add som
  24. Hi - these shots of a P 39 Airacobra and other aircraft were taken in 2013 at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum , Adelaide. It's a great museum for pottering around if you get the chance. It's very friendly, relaxed and informal. The museum consists of a show hanger and a second hanger in which aircraft are stored or being restored. The P 38, I believe, is now in the UK. Not sure how far the birdcage Corsair has progressed but it was going guns when I was there. As far as i know, it's the oldest surviving Corsair and was rescued from a lagoon. Birdcage Corsair Airworthy
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