RS Models 1/72 XFL-1 Airabonita
|NOTES:||Short run kit|
Scott wrote a nice history in his preview. Not much for me to add except that it was based on the first XP-39, and has a smaller tail, shorter fuselage and longer wing than a production P-39. So not just a hooked Airacobra.
Coming in an end opening box, there are 35 parts moulded in soft grey plastic, with fine engraved detail. There is a lot of detail on the parts including moulded seat belts. Why can't the major manufacturers do this? There are a number of large ejector towers that will need removed, these and the absence of locator pins are the only clue that this is a short run low pressure moulding. There is a little flash, and some mould joint lines visible on the smaller parts. There are no resin or PE parts provided.
Started with the cockpit, 11 parts made it highly detailed, some parts were small, including the separate rudder pedals. It all went together easily. I painted the cockpit with the suggested zinc chromate, and then painted the belts, instrument panel and other moulded details.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
I decided on a Royal Navy version, grey, with grey and grey. The boxing of the kit previewed including RN markings, as well as USN. My boxing being the prototype. Used various roundels and fin flash decals from a Hasegawa generic sheet. I used Ventura 24” black letters for the code, for some reason one of them was very glossy and silvered a bit, the other was fine. Right next to each other on the sheet. Gave the model a coat of very thin Tamiya buff to dull down the markings. An overall spray with Testors Dullcote before proceeding.
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