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P-39Q Airacobra #75 'Cobra I' Conversion

XS Models 1/72 P-39Q Airacobra #75 'Cobra I' Conversion First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2005 Manufacturer XS Models
Subject P-39Q Airacobra #75 'Cobra I' Conversion Scale 1/72
Kit Number N/A Primary Media Resin, PE
Pros Simple conversion Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) Out of Production

First Look

P-39Q Airacobra #75 'Cobra I' Conversion
P-39Q Airacobra #75 'Cobra I' Conversion

After the end of World War Two, surplus aircraft could be purchased at amazing prices. Several P-39Qs were purchased and modified into air racers to compete in the 1946 Thompson Trophy race in Cleveland, Ohio. Cobra I was a bright red machine that sported #75, registration number NX92847, and trim in black. Externally, the aircraft was modified with an improved dorsal intake scoop, a new ventral intake scoop, and a four-bladed propeller from a P-63 Kingcobra. No doubt a few enhancements were made 'under the hood' as well.

Tragically, this aircraft was lost during a ferry flight after an engine change at the Bell plant to prepare for the 1946 race. Pilot Jack Woolams was lost in that crash.

The XS Models conversion is a simple affair consisting of a replacement prop, new dorsal intake scoop, and a new ventral scoop, all cast in tan resin. The small photo-etch fret contains a new rudder trim tab and the distinctive pitot boom head. Interestingly enough, the gun that normally occupied the center of the propeller hub was replaced by a long test aircraft-like pitot boom.

This detail set is available in 1/72 and 1/48.

I would recommend this kit to experienced modelers that have worked with resin limited-run detail sets. I'm told by the importer that it can take up to 8 weeks for a kit to be delivered as each kit is cast in Germany as orders come in. Bear that in mind when you place your order.

This conversion is imported into North America by RacePlaneDecals. You can get more information about this kit and other XS Model offerings by contacting:

Joel Robinson
2300 Coatsdale Lane
Matthews, NC, 29104

My sincere thanks to RacePlaneDecals for this review sample!


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