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|Sort||Plastic and resin kit with PE|
|Decals||USAAF and Russian Air Force|
|Attention||Do not include paint or glue ( sold separately )|
|Content||Plastic parts | Resin parts | PE parts | Decals | Instructions|
The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. The P-39 was used with great success by the Soviet Air Force, which scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type. Other major users of the type included the Free French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force.
Designed by Bell Aircraft, it had an innovative layout, with the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot, and driving a tractor propeller via a long shaft. It was also the first fighter fitted with a tricycle undercarriage. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the absence of an efficient turbo-supercharger, limiting it to low-altitude work. As such it was rejected by the RAF for use over western Europe and passed over to the USSR where performance at high altitude was less important.
Together with the derivative P-63 Kingcobra, the P-39 was one of the most successful fixed-wing aircraft manufactured by Bell.
This is a 1:32 plastic and resin kit from the Special Hobby, to build 4 variants of the Bell P-400 Airacobra, with decals for the US Army or the Russian Air Force.
In the 1/32 P-400 Airacobra model you can find in total seven frames of plastic parts, a frame with clear parts, resin casted exhausts and gunsight, two PE-part frets, one standard and the other one is pre-coloured. The camouflage options represent Airacobras used during heavy fightings in New Guinea, Africa and on the Eastern Front. The camouflage option A shows the 80th FS/8th FG machine with jaws on its nose and a fighting rabbit on the cockpit door. The starboard wing was replaced in the field and it wore a standard British camouflage pattern, unlike the rest of the machine which remained in the original camouflage. The Camo B option presents another machine from New Guinea, this time it is a 35thFG machine wearing a British camouflage, Donald Duck with a sporting gun cartoon and a name Macushla. The Camo C option shows a British Airacobra used as a bomber plane in Tunisia with the 91st FS/ 81st FG. Its national insignia have yellow borders used on the African battlefield and the cockpit door is adorned with a drawing of an attacking eagle. The last camouflage option, the Camo D, shows a Soviet Ace Ivan Dimitrievich Gajdaenko 9th GIAP machine in a later type of British camouflage of grey and green (ie the Day Fighter Scheme). It fought in the Port of Murmansk area in 1943. The British roundels are overpainted and the machine also wears a victory markings.
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