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Monogram 1/48 P-39 Airacobra

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  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: South west, PA
Monogram 1/48 P-39 Airacobra
Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:19 PM

Amoung my many models I've acquired when I was part of the "Young Model Builders" club, was this P-39 Airabobra. This one was a lot of fun to build. Hope you enjoy...

This model came with a lot of interior detail. I thought it would be a shame to cover it all up, so I decided to build it "opened up"...


Mark aka Tomcat

 On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F-5E Agressor; Revell 1/72 B-24D liberator; AMT 1/48 HS 129B; AMT Romulan Warbird

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:15 PM
Nice build! I built one boxed in the 70's a couple of years ago, and it was a blast to build. Fit was great, and it has a good amount of detail.
  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:25 PM

Nice work on a classic!

I did this one a few times when I was a kid, and then again a couple years ago (when I built that one alongside an Accurate Miniatures P-400 Airacobra, an Eduard P-39Q Airacobra, and a Revell 1/32 P-39D Airacobra.  This old Monogram held up pretty well against those others, with the only shortcoming I encountered being that I could not get enough weight in the very limited space available in the nose to keep her on the tricycle gear.

  • Member since
    January 2012
  • From: Barrie, Ontario
Posted by Cdn Colin on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:58 PM

I've also built a couple of those and agree, it's a great kit.  I found that a 1/2" chunk from the end of a wheel weight fit nicely in the weapons bay.  Of course, you can't pose the hatch open then, though.

There's something about the shape of the airacobra that gets me.  To me it just looks so sleek, like a little sports car.


I build 1/48 scale WW2 fighters.

Have fun.


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