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Charles "Chuck" Tucker's
P-63 King Cobras

available in 1/72 & 1/48 scales
 

Race Plane Decals

 

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and Description:

Charles "Chuck" Tucker's P-63 King Cobras

Scale and Price: 1/72 and 1/48 scale USD12.00 each
available
by email from Race Plane Decals
Contents and Media: Each set contains one decal sheet and instructions
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting and different appearance; good instructions; includes details on how to civilianise your kit.
Disadvantages: ALPS decals require extra care in handling and application.
Recommendation: Recommended

 

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
 


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FirstLook

 

This sheet from Joel Robinson's Race Plane Decals supplies markings for the two Bell P-63 Kingcobras (NX62995 and NX6321) fielded by Charles "Chuck" Tucker in the Cleveland and Bendix Air Races in 1946 and 1948. 

The suggested kits in 1/48 scale is the MPM P-63A and P-63C ones.  Although released quite a while ago, these kits can still be found in hobby shops and frequently appear on the "for sale" boards of webzines. 

The supplied decals allow you to produce the machines as follows: 

  • NX62995 Number 28 "Tucker Special" as it appeared in 1946 with six and a half foot clipped off each wing and a small amount removed from the horizontal stabiliser, painted in overall gloss white with a black anti-glare panel on the nose and "Tucker Special" titles on the engine panels.

  • NX62995 Number 28 as it appeared in 1948 painted in overall gloss white with a black anti-glare panel on the nose, and the name "Flying Red Horse" in red with red Mobilgas flying horses on the fuselage

  • NX63231 Number 30 as it appeared in 1946 with the name "Flying Red Horse" with Mobilgas flying horses on the fuselage and 175 gallon P-38 drop tanks.  This machine had four and a half feet cut from each wing and was seen sporting two different paint schemes, overall gloss white and with a natural metal fuselage and gloss white wings.

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As the decals have been produced using the 'Alps System' they are very thin and fragile.  They scratch easily and are best treated to a coat of varnish before you attempt to use them.  Not a disadvantage by any means really just an added step you need to take if you wish to get the best results from any Alps printed decal. 

The decals are accompanied by two A-4 sized sheets that provide a plan view drawing of the machines as well as colour notes and general notes on the conversions carried out to the machines during their lives. 

The placement guide and the decal sheet come packed in a clear plastic zip-loc bag. 

The decals are available direct from Joel Robinson of Race Plane Decals at RacePlaneDecals@aol.comShipping for up to three sets is included in the price. Overseas buyers are advised to check on shipping before sending payment.  Payment can be made be either money order or by Paypal. 

Recommended.

 

Thanks to Joel from Race Plane Decals for the review sample


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Review Copyright 2005 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 12 October, 2005
Last updated 12 October, 2005

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