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P-39Q Airacobra #84 'Cobra II' Conversion

XS Models 1/72 P-39Q Airacobra #84 'Cobra II' Conversion First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2005 Manufacturer XS Models
Subject P-39Q Airacobra #84 'Cobra II' 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 #84 'Cobra II' Conversion
P-39Q Airacobra #84 'Cobra II' 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 II was P-39Q serial number 42-20869. It was a bright yellow machine that sported #84, registration number NX92848, 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.

This aircraft won the Cleveland Air Race, gaining pilot Tex Johnston the Thompson Trophy. Does that name sound familiar? One of Tex's other notable feats was that famous barrel roll of the Dash 80 (Boeing 707 prototype) over Lake Washington on August 7, 1955.

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 four rear fuselage reinforcement strips to strengthen the tail section..

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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