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  1. 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.
  2. 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, but it is really the ultimate expression of the P-39 design. They built 3,300 of them and they were used by 4 countries, though the majority were used by the Soviets even to the early 50's (they were even given a NATO code name "Fred") There was a Navy tail sitting prototype, Airbonita as well as a couple of swept wing prototypes as well. For me if this gets up of course i'll be building a RAAF one. ok, I'd better start a list.... 1, trickyrich - host 2, SleeperService 3, vppelt68 - co-host 4, Arniec 5, old thumber 6, Stew Dapple 7, S48 8, Knight_Flyer 9, Joss 10, zegeye 11, Ronan71 12, dazdot 13, MadNurseGaz 14, gingerbob 15, Caerbannog 16, EricP 17, franky boy 18, modelling minion 19, John Thompson 20, TEMPESTMK5 21, Basilisk 22, Avereda 23, TonyTiger66 24, Thud4444 25, rob85 26, Corsairfoxfouruncle 27, Antonie 28, Wellzy 29, 30,
  3. 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 on Australia Day 2015! Happy New Year to all! And some photos outside in the early morning sun.
  4. DJJunis

    2017 Year in Review

    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
  5. 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. Gerhard Pomp from Vienna for their valuable help in research. A detailled build review will be featured in an upcoming edition of Scale Aviation Modeler International. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel of IGM Cars & Bikes.
  6. 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 (squint) hole in the spinner and stuck a bit of sprue in it. I wanted to depict the plane - AH574, that took part in the Royal Navy carrier landing trials flown by Eric "Winkle" Brown. I tried to build the top plane in the pic below: So, here's my attempt at it. Painted with Tamiya paints and the main decals are from Mehusela (the kit only has American markings) with the non standard marking home made which was a real pain in the wotsit! Next attempted model will hopefully be a Welsh Models 1/144 Vacform DH Heron in RAF colours.
  7. 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 panels, oil tank hatch and radiator flaps open. In addition, landing flaps can be displayed in the lowered position as well as separate elevators and rudder. I plan to take advantage of all of this! Despite this multitude of open panels, I decided I needed more. Quite a few photos I saw of Airacobras being serviced show not only the main rectangular cowling that Kittyhawk supply as a separate part off, but also the triangular panel behind it, so the first thing to do was separate this with the aid of a scalpel cowling removed , YIKES!!! Thats quite a large hole Of course this then meant I had to actually build the additional structures you might see. Why do I do this? Anyway, some interior structure was knocked up using plastic strip. , Im certainly not a super detailer or even decent scratchbuilder. It took me about six goes to get that bulkhead the right width! To me it looks a little over scale, but the strips were the only sizes I had, and , yes, I know I should have laid the stringers down first, then done the ribs but honestly, once its all said and done, I don't think you will notice. I just wanted some structural components visible rather than a blank opposite wall. I also purchased the Eduard sets for the kittyhawk kit. On the exterior set Eduard supply the fastening framework for the cowlings so I combined both to outline the open panels on the one side. The centre divider has a plastic strip behind it. The other fuselage half has the cowling and radio hatch glued in the closed position with no fit problems , To Be Continued Bruce
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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/?action=prodinfo&art=140525 - ref. MPM72007 - Bell P-400/P-39D Airacobra "Cobras over the New Guinea" Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/bell-p-400p-39d-airacobra-cobras-over-the-new-guinea--mpm72007-mpm-8592016mpm72007-aircraft-scale-modelling/product/?action=prodinfo&art=140526 V.P.
  11. Yesterday Mark suggested a 24-hour build in honour of Mike (BM owner)'s birthday. Never one to turn down a challenge, i accepted! I started at 8.45 this morning with this: (Pics are timestamped - no cheating!) And finished a while ago with this: First time I've ever tried anything like that, and very pleased with the result! It's not a subject I'd usually tackle, and in a scale I would very rarely venture into. Happy Birthday Mike! Al
  12. 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 and gear struts) and Zinc Chromate Yellow (flaps and gear bays), - red tail tip and spinner (standard in Rechkalov`s unit at this time), - "new" Soviet red stars with white-red borders, painted directly on original American stars. 1/72 Academy kit + Part PE set + Aires/Quickboost resin engine, exhaust and main wheels + AML decals. Painted with Lifecolor acrylics.
  13. 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:
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 some wires and what not
  17. 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 Boomerang Mirage and P51 tail
  18. Bell P-39Q Airacobra "Brooklyn Bum-2nd", pics thanks to Mark Mills.
  19. Shar2

    Bell P-39N/L Profipack. 1:48

    Bell P-39L/N Eduard Profipack 1:48 History The P-39 Airacobra was designed in 1937 in response to a tender by the U.S. Army Air Corps. In many respects the P-39 Airacobra was an unusual aircraft. The basic idea was to install a powerful engine as close as possible to the aircraft's centre of gravity in order to improve manoeuvrability and stability. An Oldsmobile T-9 37 mm cannon fired through an opening in the propeller spinner. The P-39 was the first American fighter to be fitted with a freely rotating nose-wheel. The Airacobra also aroused interest in the British Air Force; the RAF however later rejected the aircraft. The Russian Air Force also expressed strong interest in the aircraft and initially took delivery of 179 units. The U.S. Army Corps also equipped some of its newly formed units with the P-39, including the 8th and 35th Fighter Groups which operated out of New Guinea. Often underrated in the West the P-39 proved to be an exceptional aircraft in the Far East. Its top speed of 580 km/h was sufficient to dominate an A6M Zero in a dogfight. The Model The kit comes in an attractive top opening box with a depiction of an Airacobra flying towards the modeller. Inside, there are three sprues of bluey grey styrene, one of clear, a pre-painted etched sheet, a sheet of masks and quite a large decal sheet. The moulding is up to Eduards usual standard, being very clean with no sign of flash or other imperfections. From the few builds I’ve seen of this kit the fit appears to be pretty good and there don’t seem to be any problems with construction. The build begins with the cockpit and the fitting of the mid and rear bulkheads, two piece radio set and what I presume is the oil tank fixed to the back of the rear bulkhead. The instrument panel is an all etched affair including the panel, binnacle, centre console, plus several handles and levers, this also included the breeches of the two upper machine guns which, once folded to shape are fixed to the front face of the panel. Alternatively if etch isn’t your thing then Eduard do provide a styrene alternative and the instrument decals to use on it. The pilots seat is fitted out with etched seat belts, buckles and latches, once complete this and the instrument panel assembly are fitted to the cockpit floor along with the joystick, rudder pedals and forward bulkhead. The nose wheel bay is made up of front, rear and side bulkheads which are attached to the underside front of the cockpit floor and the propeller shaft fitted between the cockpit forward bulkhead and the bay forward bulkhead. With the cockpit assembly complete it is then fitted between the two fuselage halves along with the appropriate weight to prevent it being a tail sitter. The single piece lower wing is fitted with the two roof parts of the main undercarriage bays, landing light in the port wing, and leading edge radiator etched parts. The upper wing sections can then be attached along with the radiator intakes. The completed wing is then attached to the fuselage assembly along with the horizontal tailplanes and upper nose panel which has moulded in gun troughs. Behind the centre wing panel are three radiators which consist of both styrene and etch matrix panels. Once fitted the three radiators exhaust flaps are attached. Whilst the model is upside down the main undercarriage is fitted, each made up of the main oleo a choice of main wheels, each in two halves, one with a weighted tyre, one without. The wheels are attached to the axle and completed by the attachment of the outer bay door and separate scissor link. The inner bay doors are then fitted along with their associated actuators. The instructions then call for with either the drop tank or bomb, each made up of two halves, to be fitted along with their cradles to the wing centreline. The nose wheel is assembled in the same way as the mains and has the same choice of tyre. When assembled the wheel is fitted between the yokes of the nose wheel leg and the lower forward bay door is attached as is the scissor link which in this case is a PE part. The nose leg is then fitted into the bay along with the retraction jack and support arms, followed by the nose wheel doors. With the model the right way up the included pilot figure can now be added if required and is enclosed into the cockpit by the single piece canopy/windscreen and two doors. The exhausts, aerial mast and PE intake grille are then attached. The kit comes with a choice of three types of cannon muzzles for the spinner, and a choice of two different types of propeller blade, dependent on which choice of markings you intend to use. The separate blades are attached to the backplate followed by the fitting of the spinner. The completed propeller can then be attached to the model along with a pair of small panels either side of the nose. Finally the wing machine gun muzzles and pitot probe are attached, completing the build. Decals The large decal sheet has been printed by Cartograf, so the quality is good. The sheet provides a full set of stencils for one aircraft and markings for five different machines. The decals are very nicely printed; being pretty thin in appearance, in good register with very little sign of carrier film and are slightly on the glossy side, which should help with then settling down. The markings are for the following aircraft:- P-39N, S/n 4218354. Flown by the 345th FS, North Africa/Alghero Airfield, Sardinia, late 1943 in an olive drab over neutral grey scheme, with white fin tip and sharks mouth. P-39L, S/n 424514. Flown by the 91st FS, 81st FG from Sidi Ahmed Air Base, Tunisia, September 1943. This aircraft is in mid stone and sand scheme with olive drab panels and azure blue undersides. P-39N, flown by Lt. DeVore, 110th TRS, 71st TRG, Guasap Airfield. New Guinea, Spring 1944. Painted in olive drab over neutral grey with a white tail and red fin tip. P-39N, Flown by Gregori A Rechkalov, 16th GIAP, Spring 1945. Painted olive drab over neutral grey with a red fin tip and spinner. P-39N, flown by Nikolai G Sobolev, 21st GIAP, April 1943. Painted in olive drab, (including the spinner), over neutral grey and with a large slogan painted on the fuselage sides. Conclusion This is a lovely looking kit and having had a couple of the earlier marks released by Eduard it should be a treat to build. It’s a great looking aircraft and with the choices of colour schemes it’ll be hard to choose which to build. As with their other Profipacks it’s great to have the pre painted etch and the masks provided. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  20. Wolwe82

    P-39N, Academy Minicraft 1/72

    I m quite new on BM and found this group build thread recently. I hope you wont mind if i post one my kit here, it kinda goes under your KUTA rules, but i finished it in middle of november 2013, so if it is out of rules, i m sorry. So this kit was under my bed for over 15 years, untill i came back to models like 2months ago. The kit was almost completed (fuselage, wings and tail joined), so it needed just the undercariage, propeller, gun barells (used aires resin barels and ofc managed to break one while painting the kit) and ofc painting. It was first kit where i used airbrush and some techniques (post-shading, wash, never did it before). Sadly over the years i lost some parts and the canopy was in realy bad condition.. because i thought it ll be just aibrush test subject, i left it as it was (now kinda feel sorry for that). But after all, i was quite happy with the finish, probably bcs it was first kit finished after so many years I hope you wont mind me posting it here then.
  21. A quickish build of hellers airacobra just completed,the decals were unusable so alternative leftovers from my sons hobbyboss kit were used,nice easy build glazing could be better,
  22. Originally released in the 1960s and available (yet again) this year it has been superseded by the offering from OzMods . I'll be building this OOB.
  23. New 1/72nd Bell TP-39 Q-5 Airacobra Trainer kit by RS Models - ref.92151 Source: http://rsmodels.cz/cs/modely-letadel/plastikove-modely/1-72/92151/tp-39-q-5-airacobra-trainer V.P.
  24. Desert Snake Hi mates, here are some pictures of my last year finished Airacobra from Eduard. I`ve used the old but great Profipack with photoetched parts, Express Masks and no less than 6 different variants of paint shemes. Additional I used both CMK accessories for engine compartment and front armarment. The model you see represents an aircraft of 346. FS, 12.AF, Noth Africa.The 346. was the last USAF unit using the P-39 in Europe. Only used as an attack aircraft, as this type didn`t rocks as dogfighter against german fighter ! The built was pure fun and gone straight forward! Only minor mods are necessary to convert this model to a L-1-BE type. A wonderful source with all necessary informations is Book No. 6129 of MMP`s Yellow Serie. [/url]
  25. Bell P-400 Airacobra Hasegawa 1:48 The Bell P-400/ Airacobra I was the export version of the P-39 Airacobra, originally developed in response to a French order of 30 March 1940 for 170 aircraft. Unfortunately delivery of these aircraft was not due to start until October 1940, after the fall of France. The original order was taken over by Great Britain, and was later expanded to a total of 675 aircraft by orders for 205 and then 300 extra aircraft. Only after these orders had been placed did Christopher Clarkson become the first British pilot to fly the Airacobra (30 December 1940), and the shortcomings of the Airacobra would not become clear until a number of P-39Cs reached Britain during 1941. The P-400 was armed with one Hispano-Suiza Mk 404 (M1) 20mm cannon in the nose. The four .30in machine guns in the wings were replaced with British standard .303in guns. The P-400 entered British service as the Airacobra I, after a brief spell when it was known as the Caribou. Before entering RAF service the Airacobra received a great deal of positive publicity, but when it arrived in Britain the lack of high altitude performance soon became clear, and the type only ever equipped one front line squadron (No. 601 “City of London” squadron). The aircraft was soon withdrawn from RAF service. The entire production run of 675 aircraft was still completed. Around 200 of these aircraft were sent from Britain to the Soviet Union in some of the earliest of the Arctic convoys, although only around 150 of these aircraft arrived safely in northern Russia. They would become the first of thousands of Airacobra that would play a major part in the air war on the Eastern Front. The remaining aircraft were taken over by the USAAF, and a number of them found their way west into the Pacific, taking part in the fighting on New Guinea and Guadalcanal. The Model Whilst this is another re-release with just a change of decals it still looks to be a very nice kit. The parts, in grey styrene, are all well moulded with no signs of flash, only a few moulding pips and sprue thin sprue gates. The moulded details are finely done with recessed panel lines in conjunction with raised areas where appropriate. There is plenty of interior detail, although there is always room for additional detail should the modeller so wish. From research the fit is very good although it’s always wise to dry fit first to see if there any problem areas. The build starts with the very detailed cockpit. This consists of the floor, propshaft and tunnel, auxiliary panel, trim wheel, joystick, rear bulkhead, seat support, seat, and rear shelf. On the fuselage sides, the throttle quadrant and clear ports are fitted. The instrument panel comprises of the main panel, rudder pedals, pedal recesses, gun sight and rear breech blocks of the upper machine guns, the instruments are recessed with finely detailed dials, which will require some careful painting and dry brushing to bring out. The completed cockpit assembly is then fitted to one fuselage side and the fuselage closed up, but not before 15g of ballast is inserted in the nose area. The lower wing is fitted with the radiators, oil coolers and lower wing gun cartridge chutes. The two upper wings can then be attached and the assembly fitted to the fuselage, as are the two single piece horizontal tailplanes. The moulded wing and tail lights can be removed and replaced with the provided clear parts should the modeller wish. Turning the model upright the upper forward decking is fitted with the two machine gun muzzles and attached to the fuselage. The propeller is made up of a separate hub, propeller and hub; this can then be attached to the fuselage. Two wing machine gun parts are then fitted to their wing positions, whilst the exhaust stubs are fitted to their respective positions on either side of the centre fuselage. These can be left off until painting is complete. The undercarriage is constructed next. The nosewheel is in two halves which slots into the oleo yoke followed by the scissor link and front bay door. The assembly is then fitted to the front bay along with the actuating jack and retraction arms. The main undercarriage units consist of the main oleos, wheels, outer hubs and undercarriage doors. The completed assemblies are then fitted to their respective positions. The inner main doors and the front bay doors are then fitted, as are their respective retraction jacks. The rest of the build concentrates on the fitting of the smaller parts such as the 20mm cannon muzzle, pitot probe, radiator/oil cooler doors, landing light, and the optional bomb or drop tank with their respective braces. The final parts are the one piece canopy and the two doors. The doors are clear parts, but both have very nicely detailed interior cards and will need to be painted before fitting along with adding the decal placards. Decals The decal sheet is quite comprehensive giving two options, with both aircraft from the 80th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Fighter Group U.S. Army Air Force. Naturally both aircraft sport distinctive sharks teeth, although one is in Olive Drab over Neutral Grey, the other is in Dark Earth, Dark Green over Sky. The decals are very nicely printed, in good register and slightly matt. In addition to the main insignia, there is a full set of stencils. Conclusion I really like this aircraft and Hasegawa have done a nice job in reproducing it in my favourite scale. Yes, it has been released before with other decals, but that’s not really a problem as it’s a great kit. Recommended Amerang Hasegawa Review sample courtesy of UK distributors for