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AIRACOBRAS AT WAR PART 1
Contents and Media:
decals - Decal sheets plus instructions and notes
USD$7.97 from Squadron.com
register; thin; minimal carrier film; comprehensive
stencil data; bonus decals supplied; good
instructions and background
by Rodger Kelly
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A brand new sheet from Aero Master. This time it
features the Bell P-39 Airacobra. Markings are provided
for four aircraft, three U.S. and one Russian. The
recommended kits are both the Eduard and Monogram ones.
a P-39D as flown by LT Lloyd Rosser of the 41st
Fighter Squadron (FS) 35th Fighter Group (GP) Fifth
Air Force based in Port Morseby, New Guinea in 1943.
Finish is olive drab over neutral grey (OD/NG) with
the New Guinea theatre markings of white vertical and
horizontal stabilizers. The tip of the vertical
stabilizer and the nose are in yellow signifying that
it belongs to the 41st FS.
The serial number is in yellow on an olive drab
background with a yellow P for the fuselage side
(Flight letter?) and 92 (plane-in-squadron number) for
the nose. LT Rossers’ scoreboard is supplied as a
white decal only so you will have to paint the black
yourself or easier still, use the black decal film
from one of the two sets of black wing-walks that are
supplied as a part of the stencil data on this sheet.
A full set of early style national insignia, data
block and “door art” of the seemingly obligatory
pin-up girl on a blue circle complete the markings.
42-18805, a P-39N as
flown by a CAPT Hilbert also of the 41st FS 35th FG
but this time out of Tsili-Tsili in September 1943.
Finish is as per the previous aircraft.
Individual markings include S Flight letter, 95
plane-in-squadron number, pilots name for beneath the
windscreen, the name “Toddy III” for the fuselage
above the exhausts, a data block, and more door art
but this time she is clothed and on a yellow circle. A
further full set of national markings are supplied.
This time though they have the white borderless “bars”
that were worn by 5th AF after July 1943.
42-9434, a P-39N as
flown by CAPT Aleksander Klubov of the 16th GIAP.
Finish is OD/NG with a red spinner and tail tip with a
thin white border (the border is supplied as a decal).
Individual markings are a large scoreboard in the form
of red and white stars that cover the entire gun
access doors. These markings are supplied as both a
one-piece decal and two-piece decals to address any
register problem that may arise – my sheet though is
in perfect register. National markings are in the form
of the Russian red star over the original U.S.
insignia and two further red stars that are for the
top right and bottom left of the wings – Russian
markings were in the top and bottom of both wings
whereas the U.S. only marked their aircraft on the top
left and bottom right. A data block, serial number for
the tail (two options for placement of the right hand
side are given), and white 45s complete the markings.
42-20746, a P39Q as
flown by LT Clarence Bud Anderson of the 363rd FS
375th FG in California, 1943. Finish is OD/NG with a
red bad around the nose.
Individual markings include large white 152 for either
side of the nose, white “Old Crow” also for the nose,
yellow serial number for the tail, data block and door
art in the form of the 363rd FS insignia. A full set
of national insignia is supplied. This time it is a
blue bordered one. The original blue is faded whilst
the blue on the border is fresh, indicative of the
fact that it was probably repainted over the
short-lived red border from early 1943.
Stencil data is quite
comprehensive. If you are using the Eduard kit you will
probably use the kit supplied data as it is quite good
if however, you are using the Monogram kit you will be
happy that this sheet supplies enough to make your kit
look complete. A sensible move by Aero Master. There is
also two complete sets of data and logos for both
Curtiss and GM Aeroproducts propellers, and just to make
sure you understand which ones to use, the placement
sheet gives you a complete history on which prop was
used on which model P-39 – excellent!
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There is also a small
separate sheet supplied. This sheet gives you the
“shadow” for the two pin-up girls. However, my sheet had
two sets of “shadows” for the same girl.
Decal placement is guided by a full-colour double sided
A-4 sized sheet. As well as showing decal placement it
also provides a comprehensive list of references as well
as extra historical notes and the discourse on the
The decals themselves have been printed by Cartograf so
their properties are known. The yellow of the codes and
serial numbers is a little odd in that there seems to be
a darker yellow “border” on the letters and numerals.
Not a big thing really and I think it won’t be that
obvious once it is applied to a model.
As per standard Aero Master practice, the placement
guide and decal sheets are packed in a clear plastic
A great sheet from Aero Master. It provides a fair range
of options for markings worn by lesser known Airacobras.
It also provides an excuse to build another of Clarence
“Bud” Anderson’s “Old Crows”!