S u m m a r y
Number and Description:
Charles "Chuck" Tucker's
P-63 King Cobras
|Scale and Price:
1/72 and 1/48 scale
by email from Race
|Contents and Media:
||Each set contains one decal sheet
||Interesting and different
appearance; good instructions; includes
details on how to civilianise your kit.
||ALPS decals require extra
care in handling and application.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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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.
Click the thumbnails below to view
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
Shipping 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.