The Bell P-39 Airacobra is a 1/17 scale, Society of Antique Modelers qualified, flying model that uses the Box and Former method of construction.
The Airacobra was one of the few U.S. fighters available in large numbers at the start of the WWII. While its lack of a turbo supercharger made it ineffective much above 12,000 feet and while it was generally outclassed by the Zero, it served well in the early months of the war. It was relatively free of mechanical defects and breakdowns; like most American aircraft it could absorb a lot of enemy gunfire and still return its pilot back to base. 9,500 planes were produced, starting in April, 1942. The P-39 was also used by the Russians because it had a big 37-millimeter canon in the nose which could be used on low-level runs against tanks. It was very successful on the Eastern Front where the Soviets engaged the Germans primarily in low-altitude short range, strategic bombing. A single hit from the Airacobra’s cannon was usually enough to disable or destroy a German fighter plane.
This free flight rubber powered kit contains a full-size plan, building instructions, printed balsa wood, balsa stripwood, rubber motor, propeller, nose package, clear plastic for the windshield, wheels, landing gear, and Easy Built Lite colored tissue. You will need a building board, pins, hobby knife, sandpaper, and glue.
Class: Scale flyer
Building Skill / Flying Skill: Experienced / Experienced
PVHC Price: $16.04