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  1. The Painting. First steps. It took much longer than expected (got surprisingly much work at job..), but now I am able to present you some progress :-) The general fitting was very good. But the canopy and the air-intakes needed to be sanded. I preshaded and prehighlighted the 'Airacobra'. Those basic steps followed multiple very thin coats of Tamiyas XF-51 'Khaki Drap'. The lower side was painted in with Tamiyas XF-20 'Medium Grey'
  2. Hi Koala, sorry, that I reply so late. I had some unexpected busy days... Thanks for your information. It will help me a lot! I'm sorry, I do not have the book. You're right. The radio is a little bit to much in front. But I used some thin clear sheet for the glass. When you look into the pit you see no difference. Good luck with your P-39 :-)
  3. Thank you for your comments! It's nice to heat that you like my model : ) More pictures of the painting will follow next weekend!
  4. I found something about the development from the 'D' to the 'C': 'The 37mm cannon was now supplemented by a pair of .30 cal Browning MGs in each wing [...]' (Source: P-39 Airacbra in Action, page 14, Squadron/Signalpublications) So the wing armament is not specific for a P-400 (but the kit part contains it. And I bought those lovely barrels for my model). But it's true that the exhausts are different. And another detail. Also the Browning MGs in the cowling had a different caliber. The P-400 had .30 cal Brownings and following versions had .50 cal Brownings. Specific for those bigger guns were small 'hubs', which covered them. The P-400 with the smaller guns did not have those 'hubs'. When you look at the picture of the original you see no 'hubs'. And so you're clearly right! It's really a P-400 : ) thank you very much! No i'm on the right way : )
  5. Thank you! And of course you're right! Who knows?! I am not really sure. The difference between a P-400 and an P-39D is only the smaller gun in the propeller, or not? And the picture do not show this detail... But the wikipedia text says that 'Seven P-39Ds were sent to No. 23 Squadron RAAF at Lowood'. And my Airacobra is a plane of this squadron. So I guess that it is a P-39D. The Kit contains all parts for a 'D' so it is no problem. @ Marek Thank very much : )
  6. Thank you The Cockpit Here some pictures of the Cockpit. The fitting was good. But some parts needed to be sanded. On this few pictures I used only the non-colored photo-etched parts. I painted the pit exatly like the wheel well. Then I applied the colored photo-etched parts and things like the seat and the instrument panel etc. I glassed the instruments with "clear 01" from Revell (I think it's the best choice) and added some cables. There still missing some parts like the brownings and the sight. I applied also some "Vietnam Earth" pigments from MiG. Really great stuff. Enough weathering in the pit : ) Then I made a big and stupid mistake. Take a look at the following picture. In the red circle you see NO radio equipment. But what did I?! I put it into the pit. I recognized the mistake, when the cockpit was already closed. But never mind. I can't change it anyway, so...
  7. Some general information about the P-39 The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service at the start of World War II. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the lack of an efficient turbo-supercharger, limiting it to low-altitude work. The P-39 was used with great success by the Soviet Air Force, who scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type. Other important users were the Free French and co-belligerent Italian air forces. Together with the derivative P-63 Kingcobra, these aircraft would be the most successful mass-produced, fixed-wing aircraft manufactured by Bell. P-39 in RAAF service In early 1942, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), experiencing Japanese air raids on towns in northern Australia, found itself unable to obtain British-designed interceptors or sufficient numbers of P-40s. US Fifth Air Force squadrons in Australia were already receiving the brand new P-39D-1.[48] Consequently, in July 1942, older USAAF P-39s, which had been repaired at Australian workshops, were adopted by the RAAF as a stop-gap interceptor. Seven P-39Ds were sent to No. 23 Squadron RAAF at Lowood, Queensland. Later, seven P-39Fs were operated by No. 24 Squadron RAAF at Townsville. In the absence of adequate supplies of P-39s, both squadrons also operated Wirraway armed trainers. However, neither squadron received a full complement of Airacobras, or saw combat with them. The home air defence role was filled first by P-40s, followed by Spitfires. Plans to equip two more squadrons with P-39s were also abandoned. 23 and 24 Squadrons converted to the Vultee Vengeance in 1943. (Source: Wikipedia It's a really good article.) The link will guide you to youtube. Technical data: Wingspan: 10.37m Length: 9.21m Max. speed: 539Km/H Range: 724km Ceiling: 8840m Armament: 1x 20mm Hispano Suiza Mk. I 2x 12.7mm Machine guns 4x 4.4mm Machine guns (Source: The construction manual) This picture shows the Airacobra, that I choosed to build. P-39D, A53-9, T-Z, des 23 Sqn RAAF, late 1943. (Quelle: RedRooModels.com ) A picture of the kit I choosed for my project. It's really a nice kit, but it is not very easy. It contains resin-, colored photo-etched parts and the fitting is good. But you still need a lot of time for sanding. I used this LSP-Thread from Manu for help (a really impressive Model ) The front wheel well I began with the front wheel well. I improved the wheel well with some photo-etched parts from Eduard and from the kit. I tried a for me new method (I don't know the english name, but you apply salt to cover some parts of the paint.). Nevertheless I will demonstrate the method. A general Grey base followed a base with Silver X-11. Then followed some Future to protect the paint. After that I applied the salt. The salt is fixed with simple water. The third color coat is a darker mix of the last color coat "Interior Green". Future, salt, next and last color --> I used from "Vallejo Air" "Interior Green" for the last color coat. I carefully removed the salt with a brush and water (It's not very clean on the picture. Mea Culpa ). As you can see the salt protected some areas and you can see the colors among the general Green color. I like this method. It is easy and effektv, but very time-consuming, too. The last steps were a washing, a drybrushing, a few more cables and some oil stains. The whole wheel well. As you can see the fitting isn't the best. But nothing, which can not be solved with sandpaper Pictures of the Cockpit will follow later this day. And I hope that my english isn't to bad Greetings from Germany! Helios
  8. Stunning Work! Especially the weathering is fantastic and there beautiful details. The figure fits great to the Arado! Very impressive build
  9. Thanks everyone @Radub Yes, you're right! But the decal was broken!
  10. I'm sorry! I did not know that there are problems. Know I will upload them on pfotobucket! Thanks for your help!
  11. Here the pictures of my Montex Yak-1b. The resinkit is really great. It includes everthing what you need, like separate flaps and a highly detailed cockpit. The fit was also very good, just a little bit sanding like always. If there are questions abount the modell, just ask I am open for critics of every description!
  12. Excellent job! The winter-camo looks great! How did you do the exhaust-gas plume? Pigments or Airbrush?
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