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||Double-sided full colour A-4
instructions plus notes sheet; 1 x full-size decal sheet.
instructions; comprehensive notes; interesting finishes; colour
cross-references for model paints.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Cutting Edge Modelworks CED 48146 - P-39
Airacobra #4 provides marking for five different P-39s, one –D and 4
–Qs. All airframes are in the standard Olive Drab and Neutral Gray
finish with differing individual squadron-applied markings applicable
to the their theatre of operation.
#30 of Lt J.T. Evans of the 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron (TRS)
based at Gusap strip, New Guinea. This machine sports “door art”,
white spinner, tail and wing leading edges as well as the early USAAC
tiles on the wing under surfaces and the plain white star on a blue
circle background national insignia.
P-39Q #151 of Lt
William “Stubby” Gambill of the 363rd Fighter Squadron, 357th Fighter
Group whilst based at Tonopah, Nevada prior to the Group’s deployment
to Europe. The 357th didn’t always fly the familiar red and yellow
checkered P-51s! These markings provide the squadron insignia (great
if you want to build an “Old Crow” P-39 as flown by Bud Anderson!) as
well as the short-lived red-bordered national insignia for a white
tailed machine with a red band around it’s nose. Cutting Edge are
unsure if the Squadron insignia was “handed” so they have hedged their
bets and provided two right hand facing ones and one left hand facing
one – your choice!
“Gooseneck”. No, not a misprint! These markings depict the above
aircraft later in it’s career. This time it sports a red tail in place
of the previous white one, yellow serials, white pilot and crew chief
names and a white goose.
2nd”of 2nd Lt William A. Shomo, 71st TRS 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance
Group based in New Guinea in 1944. This machine sports a yellow
spinner, white tail and wing leading edges. The national markings on
this aircraft are also different in that they are the transition
between the earlier simple ones but prior to the blue border being
added to the white bars. Decals are also provided for the various
scripts and titles applicable to this machine. These markings provide
the modeller with the chance to model a different aircraft flown by
William Shomo other than the more familiar P-51 normally associated to
P-39Q “Little Sir
Echco” of the 82nd TRS based in New Guinea in May 1944. Again, this
aircraft is finished with white tail and wing leading edges. It also
sports a white band around the nose and a white spinner. If you need
an excuse to hang a drop tank on your P-39 then this option provides
you with a shark mouth to put it.
The package provides a beautifully printed
full-colour, double-sided, A-4 sized sheet to show the placement for
each decal. Also included is a comprehensive sheet of notes giving
details of each aircraft as well as a colour cross reference to
matches for Olive Drab and Neutral Grey to the more popular modelling
This is an excellent, well thought out sheet that spans the P-39’s
service career. It is very relevant to Australia and my bet is that
all of the Pacific-based machines depicted on the sheet flew in
Australian skies prior to the deployment to the New Guinea theatre.
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