Eduard 1/48 Bella  Airacobra Limited Edition Dual Combo
Eduard 1/48 Bella  Airacobra Limited Edition Dual Combo
Eduard 1/48 Bella  Airacobra Limited Edition Dual Combo
Eduard 1/48 Bella  Airacobra Limited Edition Dual Combo
Eduard 1/48 Bella  Airacobra Limited Edition Dual Combo

Eduard 1/48 Bella Airacobra Limited Edition Dual Combo

Product code: EDK11118
£39.99
Kit Features;
  • 2 x P-39 Airacobras in Russian service
  • Eduard Painting Masks
  • Eduard Photo etch & pre painted photo etch
  • Cartograf decals
  • Clear film
  • An impressive 10 marking options -
  1. P-39K-1, s/n 42-4480, 303. IAD, Smolensk area, Autumn 1943. 
  2. P-39N-0, s/n 42-8747, flown by Guard Captain Grigoriy Andreevich Rechkalov, 16. GIAP, Germany, Spring 1945.
  3. P-39N-1, s/n 42-9434, flown by Senior Lieutenant Alexandr Fedorovich Klubov, 16. GIAP, east Poland, August 1944.
  4. P-39N-0, s/n 42-9004, flown by Guard Captain Alexandr Ivanovich Pokryshkin, 16. GIAP, Kuban, Soviet Union, May 1943.
  5. P-39Q, flown by Guard Lieutenant Konstantin Vasilievich Sukhov, 16. GIAP, Aslau, Germany, March 1945.
  6. P-39Q-10, 212. GIAP, 22. GIAD, Stockerau, Austria, 1946.
  7. P-39Q-15, s/n 44-2567, 68. GIAP, 5. GIAD, 1. Baltic Front, Winter 1944-1945.
  8. P-39Q-15, 213. GIAP, Germany, Spring 1945.
  9. P-39Q, flown by Guard Major Anatoliy Leonidovich Kozhevnikov, 212. GIAP, 22. GIAP, Dabern, Germany, May/June 1945.
  10. P-39Q-30, s/n 44-71147, 213. GIAP, 22. GIAD, Germany, Spring 1945.
The P-39 Airocobra was first developed by the Bell Aircraft Corporation in the late 1930's. The design of the aircraft was an unusual one with the engine being located behind the cockpit in the centre of gravity with the cockpit itself entered through car door style openings. This led to the ability to carry a heavy weapon in the form of a cannon that fired through the propeller spinner. 

Although the performance of the test aircraft was impressive, this performance decreased with the addition of a less powerful Alison V-1710-37 without a supercharger because of troubles with the original, & armour added to the pilot seat increasing the aircraft's weight.

These problems did not stop the U.S.A.A.F. from going ahead with the project & Airacobras would also be sent to England but were soon withdrawn from service by the R.A.F. The R.A.F.'s aircraft were sent to the Soviet Union, with the remaining aircraft being pressed into service by the U.S. in the Pacific.

The U.S. would employ Airacobras until August 1944, when they were withdrawn from front line service. In total 4758 Airacobras were sent to the Soviet Union where they were very popular due to their solid metal airframe & heavy weapons.


 

GTIN 8591437531356
Brand Eduard
Product Code EDK11118
Weight 0.525kg