HobbyCraft 1/48 scale
by Roland Sachsenhofer
HobbyCraft's 1/48 scale Airacomet is available online from Squadron
With well balanced proportions and rather conventional in layout, the P-59 Airacomet did not seem to be a revolutionary aircraft. One detail may have stumped people at the time though: there was no propeller…
The P-59, “US First Jet”, was first flown in 1942. Flight evaluations soon revealed rather poor performance that resulted in only about 50 Airacomets being built. With the more powerful P-80 in readiness, the P-59 was destined never to see front line combat.
My model shows one of the few P-59 evaluated by the US Navy in 1944.
You have to take time building this HobbyCraft kit. Time to scratch most of the cockpit interior, as there is nothing as a seat, a stick and a wrong positioned dashboard. You have to take time to fill gaps and seams resulting from the multi-version concept of the kit. Building instructions call for the modelers intuition in some steps.
On the other hand, I was pleased by the good fit of the parts and the subtlety of the cockpit glazing.
If you are interested in the building process, please take a look at the JAM forum.
As ever, remarks will be appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org
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2011 by Roland Sachsenhofer
Page Created 30 December, 2011
30 December, 2011
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