This is my first posting so let me introduce myself.
My name is Quang. I've been modelling aircraft since the early sixties. Then came a 20-year hiatus when I took up sculpting and painting figures. Now I'm getting back to my first love: things that fly.
I love doing cockpits and interiors. I like subjects with an interesting history. Uneventful builds annoy me. I like kits that fight back. So I guess the Kitty Hawk P-39 is a natural choice.
The kit itself comes as a pleasant surprise. Delicate surface detail, well moulded, no distorted part,…. So let's waste no time and tackle the main controversy about this kit: the fuselage length.
As the nose is in several parts, we need to assemble at least one half of the entire fuselage in order to check out its length. The operation went on smoothly even if several parts were simply butt-joined. A testimony to KH precise engineering.
My main reference is a near-perfect, distorsion-free profile picture of a 'modern' Airacobra blown up to 1/32 scale (distance from the front end –sans spinner– to the tail post on the print-out is 255 mm as opposed to the publicised Bell data of 254,35 mm. Not bad in my book).