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RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« on: November 05, 2019, 05:39:12 pm »
Hi all,
Yesterday I finished my Eduard 1/48 Airacobra in the colours of Jerry Yagen's example as she appeared when test flying after restoration by Pioneer Aero in New Zealand, registered ZK-COB. She is now registered N39FF at her new home with the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, also home to the Me262 replica I posted earlier.

This is an older kit but still apparently the most accurate/"best" P-39 in 1/48 scale, and in many boxings comes with goodies such as photoetch details and masks. Unfortunately my masks were fluffy thanks to improper storage on my part so I didn't risk using them. Another great bonus is a specially-moulded nose weight which is a must for a 'cobra.

P-39 N39FF/ZK-COB, Eduard 1/48 P-39Q by Zac Yates, on Flickr
P-39 N39FF/ZK-COB, Eduard 1/48 P-39Q by Zac Yates, on Flickr
P-39 N39FF/ZK-COB, Eduard 1/48 P-39Q by Zac Yates, on Flickr
P-39 N39FF/ZK-COB, Eduard 1/48 P-39Q by Zac Yates, on Flickr

President of the New Zealand Warbirds Association Frank Parker did much of the test flying in COB, and coincidentally co-owns another Allison-powered warbird with his wife Liz Needham - Curtiss P-40N-1 A29-448/ZK-CAG. So here's a photo of the 'cobra with my model of the P-40:
P-39 N39FF/ZK-COB, Eduard 1/48 P-39Q by Zac Yates, on Flickr

The colors may look a little off because I used a filter on my phone camera to compensate for an overcast sky. Hopefully she looks about right on your screen.
I find it very hard to believe Academy would make a mistake like that he said sarcastically...

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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 01:20:40 am »
I'll forgive you for it being the wrong scale.    ;)
Good job.   :thumbsup:
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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 02:08:30 am »
I'll forgive you for it being the wrong scale.    ;)
I've done a few warbirds in 1/48 and was converted, but recent space and cost restrictions have forced me back to 1/72...but, as my recent posts show, I've rediscovered the joys of New Airfix and have several other 1/72 subjects in mind.

I just need to get the cash!
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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2019, 02:14:28 am »
Well done my son.  While you may have strayed you have found your way back to the true path.
Fred

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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2019, 06:01:17 am »
That's good Zac, suits that nice simple scheme  :thumbsup:
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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2019, 06:05:11 pm »
Right on!
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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2019, 07:05:31 pm »
Thanks gents! I'm very disappointed with the photos, the lighting and filter really don't reflect the actual finish. Fortunately we have much nice lightning today so I've reshot...still doesn't quite look the same as in real life, but ah well.

P-39 ZK-COB by Zac Yates, on Flickr

P-39 ZK-COB by Zac Yates, on Flickr

P-39 ZK-COB by Zac Yates, on Flickr

P-39 ZK-COB by Zac Yates, on Flickr
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Re: RW: Bell P-39 Airacobra restored in New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 11:32:32 pm »
Nice job, Zac - good to see you back into mischief trouble things.  :thumbsup: