1/48 Eduard P-39L Airacobra

Gallery Article by Darrell Thompson on Dec 30 2009


     This is Eduard's P-39 built as an aircraft from the 346th FS, 350th FG based in North Africa in the summer of 1943. It was built using the Profipack version and although the PE adds some nice detail to the cockpit I replaced some of the parts that were a bit 'flat' with some scratchbuilt parts and added a few extras details. 
    The oil cooler/radiator intakes in the leading edge of the wing were given some ducting made from plasticard and the trailing edge of the wing was sanded down on the inside of the top and bottom sections to get rid of this kits famous thick trailing edge.

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    The aircraft is painted with Humbrol enamels, the main paint scheme being done with Olive Drab and Dark Earth both lightened with white. These colours were sprayed freehand using an Iwata HP-CS then a blue-tak 'worm' was used to get the demarcation line for the Sky underside. 

    Weathering was done using pastels and a dark grey oil wash, the exhaust staining was done using matt varnish with a few drops of matt black in. After the kit decals were applied they were weathered with pastels and the model was given a Humbrol Matt Cote as the final finish.

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Photos and text by Darrell Thompson