Eduard's 1/48 scale P-400
is available online from Squadron.com
This is Eduard's 1/48 P-400 Airacobra finished in the markings of an aircraft
from the 67th FS in New Caledonia, May 1942. My model was based on photographs
from various sources and color plate #1 in Osprey's "P-39 Airacobra Aces of
Eduard's 1/48 Scale
My model was built straight from the box except from the addition of etched
brass seatbelts, spare decals, and some minor scratch built modifications
(repositioned front wheel, additional detail in wheel bays, and wiring behind
In general the model went together very well, although I had considerable
difficulty getting the cockpit doors to shut properly. The doors tended to flex
outward at the top, which made it necessary for me to use CA glue and clamps to
get the doors to sit flush with the fuselage and canopy. I wanted the doors
closed to show off the aircraft's attractive lines, but if I were to build
another I might opt to leave them open and avoid the hassle. Other reviews of
this kit note a similar difficulty with having the doors in the closed position.
The cockpit was painted RLM 63, which I'm told comes close to the dark
interior green of the actual aircraft. Polly Scale acrylics were used for all
painting on this model unless indicated otherwise.
Most of the decals were scavenged from my spares, except for the "US" and "ARMY"
decals beneath the wings.
The shark's mouth and eyes were airbrushed using a
home-made template and series of masks (with Tamiya tape). I first applied white
paint over the cowling. The teeth were then masked and the inside of the mouth
was painted black. Another mask was applied for painting the lips red. The
entire mouth was then masked while the rest of the model was painted. A similar
procedure was used for the eyes, although touch-ups with a paint brush were
necessary to get the right expression.
The model was pre-shaded with black paint along panel lines. A small amount of
SnJ aluminum metallizer was applied to the leading edge of the wings and the
wing roots. This paint was later exposed in small areas using fine grain sand
paper to simulate worn paint. The wingtips were painted white and masked. The
underside of the model was painted a mixture of PRU blue and neutral gray. Dark
British green and dark earth were used for the upper camouflage; both these
colors were toned down slightly with Israeli Khaki (light brown) to give a faded
Wing walks were masked and painted scale black. Exhaust stains were
airbrushed on with highly thinned black paint, followed by light brushing of
gray chalk pastels.
The photographs were taken outdoors using a SONY digital camera. Minor
touchups to the images were made using Photoshop's "blur" tool in order to help
blend the model base with the background trees.
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Article Copyright © 2002 by Ian
Page Created 21 March 2002
Last updated 04 June 2007
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