Dirk's 1/72 Heller P-39 Airacobra

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  1. dirkpitt289

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    This is a quick mojo builder for me. nothing special just an old fashion build

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    The Parts

    There are 4 parts trees with this kit. 3 large trees as you can see here for the main parts and one small (not shown) for the canopy. I'n not sure of the year of this kit but the parts are unimpressive. Raised panel lines and some flash. At first glance there seems to be no injector marks that could be seen if left unattended to. I just realized this kit comes with both the 3 and 4 blade props. To be honest I know little of this aircraft so I'm not sure what the difference is. I'll have to do some digging to see which to use on this kit.

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    Having built one of these (Airfix) last year I know absolutely nothing will be seen in the cockpit so this won't be an issue.

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    The Decals

    The decals seem fine

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    The Directions

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    I'm going out of town tomorrow morning and won't be back for a few days. So my goal is to get some work done today if possible. My goal will be to the aircraft pictured on the box top but Olive Drab over Neutral Gray. Also thinking I may put this one "In-Flight"

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    And we are underway

    Interior green applied. It isn't worth detailing the interior because once the pilot is in place nothing will be seen. Lesson learned from the Airfix Airacobra I built last year.

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    The sparse interior is assembled

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    Cockpit in place

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    Lower wing in place

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    Upper wings installed

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    Some filler was needed

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    The Heller kit does not come with a pilot so I need to choose one from the pilots bin

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    That's about all for now. Thanks for looking
     
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    after some time away due to a business trip and lots and lots of baseball games for my son I was able to get a few minutes at the bench.

    I started to scratch out the radio for the rear shelf.

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    The rear deck was painted and the rear canopy was masked and applied

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    Next we'll turn our attention to the pilot
     
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    Good stuff Dirk.
     
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    Looks Great :)
     
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    Great start Dirk!

    Is Evergreen really that cheap there? Bloody expensive here!
     
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    I guess its all relative. I'm not convinced it's so cheap hear. Some of this stuff is expensive.
     
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    Looking good so far Dirk.
    Evergreen is a lot cheaper in the USA ! The prices shown on your packets approximate to around £1.55 to £2.00 - the UK prices are around £2.50 to £3.95 !
    I've just found a UK supplier who's prices are more in line, and they also do large 'master' sheets of plastic card, with the prices nearer the price for a single A4 sheet !
    Great! (still waiting for delivery of an out of stock item though!)
     
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    nice work Dirk!
     
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    Yep, relative for sure. The 2 sets I have were incomplete and bought 'cheap' (in comparison to shop prices atleast) at a model meet, and still paid about twice what you did!
     
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    Next I turned to the landing gear. Because I am going to make this "In-Flight" I will need to close up the landing gear.

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    The kit doors just don't cut it. Using a two part putty I filled the landing gear bays

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    Next I worked on the mount for the stand

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    Inserted the Evergreen tube

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    Time for some trimming and clean-up

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    After about three days of trial and error I got the front canopy masked. :oops:

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    If you remember from a few posts back this was the pilot I choose for this mission. Some modifications had to be made to make him fit

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    The modifications included removing his legs from just above the knee down. I had to remove %60 of the pilots bottom and an aggressive vasectomy in order to get him to fit properly. Just goes to show being a pilot isn't for everyone. :ha:

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    Once I made sure he fit I mounted the front canopy.

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    Thanks for looking
     
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    Nice work mate, but don't expect any favours from the pilot! :lol:
     
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    Good work Dirk!
     
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    I used black primer on the top of the P-39 to darken the canopy frames. I could have broke out the airbrush but I was to lazy. Once its all done no one will notice that the internal framework isn't interior green. Will they??? :rolleyes: :oops:

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    After the black dried I gave it an over all priming with white primer

    Moving forward it was time to paint the white. I decided that the standard white would be to bright for a combat aircraft of the period so I decided to go with Model Masters Wimbledon White

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    After the white was dry it got masked off and the Neutral Gray was applied to the bottom

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    Thanks for looking
     
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    That depends on how much you're willing to pay for our silence... :twisted:

    (Nice work mate!)
     
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    Nicely done Dirk. I won't tell anyone about the black, and the address for the cheque is ......
     
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    Be declaring bankruptcy soon for all the silence..:evil4:
     
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    Thanks for the kind words guys

    Everyday I'm getting a step closer to completion. Last night I did the masking for the Olive Drab

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    The unmasking

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    Thanks for looking
     
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