The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. It was the first fighter in history with a tricycle undercarriage and the first to have the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot. 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.
Revell 1/48 P39 Airacobra
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 important users were the Free French and co-belligerent Italian air forces. Together with the derivative P-63 Kingcobra, these aircraft became the most successful mass-produced fixed-wing aircraft manufactured by Bell.
This kit was built some time ago after my long model building hiatus. The molds for the 1/48 P-39 Airacobra from Revell might have its age, but it still pressing out a nice and affordable kit. The kit comes with the ground maintenance crew as seen on the pictures. Some of the included figures are familiar ones from other Revell model kits like the B-24 J Liberator.
One of the things that got my attention was the cockpit detail for a model kits of this era. One of the reasons why I decided to display this model with its door opened, was the fact that I wanted to have the cockpit visible thru the opened door. Considering that most WW-II subjects from Revell / Monogram from back in the day have very limited interior detail, this model stands out from those
The overall fit of this kit including the clear parts was so nice, that it made me forget that this P-39 has raised panel lines instead of receded ones. Sure there are other options. But in my build log, the Revell P39 is a winner and you can’t beat it at a $16.99 MSRP.