Bell XFL-1 Airabonita

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  1. otftch

    otftch Active Member

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    This is the navalized version of the Bell P-39 Airacobra, tested by the US Navy in the early forties. The kit is from R/S Models in 1/72 scale. The panel lines are recessed and very fine,(the door outlines are there but not evident in the photos) quite a nice little kit.
    Ed
     

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    I like it Ed.

    Geo
     
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    Nicely done Ed. :thumbright:
     
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    Wow ! Love it
     
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    Nice work Ed!
     
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    Another good one Ed, and one I didn't know about (which is unusual for me!).
    You certainly have a great collection of varied and 'out of the ordinary' models - great stuff !
     
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    Your sure do, otftch. When I was a kid I used so salivate over the one of a kind models and man you sure acquired them and more! Wish I could hang out for a few hours and scoot a chair around admiring your collection so that I could properly peruse your work.
     
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    i like it Ed, was thinking what is different about it, then Doh........ no nose wheel !!!!!!!
     
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    Here ia a photo of the undersides. The landing gear has been moved to the leading edge of the wing and there are two under-wing radiators where the gear used to be. If you look at the origional photos you will see the airscoop behind the canopy is much smaller. I never understood why the Navy even tried this design as they were so set against in-line engines. I do know the P-39 was pretty hot before they removed the turbo-chargers.

    And for Matt308 and Airframes, I'm finishing up a Cornelious XFG-1 Fuel glider that's really wierd !

    Thanks for all of your comments

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    I like the unusual also. Fine work on one of the strangest!
     
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    wow not just as easy as moving the nose wheel back then !
     
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    very cool Ed. I like the unusual ones too. There was also something different about the canopy of the Airacobra too.
     
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    I like such seldom ones
     
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    Well done Ed...... a new one for me too!
     
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    Sharp build Ed ! Never knew there was a tail dragger version of this airframe!
     
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    Ed, this is their plastic kit right? (Not their earlier resin one.)
     
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    Yes.Plastic, limited production. Nice kit.
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