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Finally getting settled in at new Indiana home, started unboxing hobby supplies, hopefully will be able to pick up where I left off soon.

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On 11/2/2019 at 4:56 PM, southwestforests said:

Been a long time since I've looked at WW2 fighter info & I am thinking didn't the USAAC take custody of some Aircobras which ended up not being shipped to foreign forces? If so could that explain at least one of the different cockpit hues? 


That is true, but they were designated as P-400's in US service (these were RAF ordered aircraft with 20mm cannon in the nose rather than the larger cannon the US used). They served in Guadalcanal and wore an RAF scheme with US markings.

As it happens, I have a Eduard P-400 on the go right now.

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On 2/17/2020 at 7:12 PM, bashace said:

Finally getting settled in at new Indiana home, started unboxing hobby supplies, hopefully will be able to pick up where I left off soon.

 

Great news. I hope you find everything easily.

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Okay folks, just about have things ready to go again! I have space to resume, now I just need some quarantine time!

 

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Easing back into the foray, here we have the Monogram P-39 getting exhaust port treatment before the manifold is installed. The fuselage buttoned up fairly easily, the dorsal air scoop will require a little cleanup work, but nothing major.

 

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At the point where it's time to install the wings, good place to stop and catch the next kit up to this point. The Monogram kit definitely has more to do before the wing goes on than the other two kits due to the engine exhaust on one side being installed through the inside of the fuselage before wing installation. Depending on how you want to paint the exhaust area, one could just install it and paint later, I chose the hard way of course. Also, it was easier to paint the exposed engine bay without the wing getting in the way.

 

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The Eduard kit is ready for wings, the fuselage went together generally well, one half seemed to be a hair shorter than the other half at the tail.

 

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The Hasegawa kit is ready for wings, fit was quite good as expected with Hasegawa engineering, no issues noted. Don't forget to drill out the four little holes in the nose! The little hatch on the nose is a nice touch for adding final nose weight before buttoning it up.

 

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Some side by side comparisons...

 

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We got wings!

 

MONOGRAM:

 

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EDUARD:

 

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HASEGAWA:

 

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GROUP COOLING INTAKE COMPARISON:

 

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Wing mounting to fuselage:

 

MONOGRAM

 

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EDUARD

 

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Hasegawa

 

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Adding nose weight to Hasegawa

 

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Who said chicks don't dig scale models???

 

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Very good update, Nice, comprehensive look at what you have encountered with each kit. I got a chuckle out of the "chicks dig scale models" post 🙂

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