P-39 Airacobra


Eduard 1/48 P-39 Airacobra A53-6, FA-F, 82 SQN RAAF


by David Harvey

 

Serial No

A53-6

A/C type

P-39F Airacobra

Based at

82 SQN RAAF

History

The aircraft crashed in this scheme in August 1943 near Liverpool NSW.

Scheme

Olive Drab and Dark Sea Grey over RAAF Sky Blue undersides. This is speculative as it is based on black and white images of a scheme implemented locally.

Kit

Eduard 1/48 P-39Q Airacobra kit with Red Roo decals

Reference

 

Introduction

As part of my fascination with the variety of aircraft used by the RAAF I stumbled upon the decals produced by Red Roo of an unusual scheme worn by an aircraft of 82 SQN RAAF. This scheme was not a standard scheme nor did it seem to follow any particular instruction from RAAF HQ. Due to the nature of some of the patrols being conducted by 82 SQN it was interpreted by some knowledgeable people and being Olive Drab with an overlay of either Medium Grey or Dark Sea Grey. At the time I like the look of the Dark Sea Grey scheme so I used the markings for A53-6, (FA-F).

To get the appropriate kit I ended up using the Eduard P-39Q kit which contained a great variety of the components needed to portray the specific aircraft. The different Airacobra had a variety of exhaust stubs types as well as propeller hubs, all of which were provided in the kit. The kit also, thankfully, came with a nose weight that held the nose down nicely.

I made the kit out of the box using the appropriate parts to model FA-F at the time of it's crash in August 1943.

I used Humbrol paints to paint it then applied the decals over a coat of One Go prior. I only did a thin panel line wash though the scheme really calls for a bit more in depth weathering to represent the aircraft at the time.

Unfortunately due to various reasons I ended up not completing this model for several years and only just recently completed it to the standard seen in the images.

The Images