Building the Bell P-63 A-9 Kingcobra - SN 270434 Russia, spring 1945

MPM 1/48 scale

by Jaime Pastor Pueyo © Modeler Site

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The aircraft that I have represented (SN 270434), has the peculiarity of having a great stain of white smoke that it can be seen from the exhaust to almost the tail, covering partially the fuselage red star. No other P-63 I have seen on photographs had this smoke stain so big. I started this model one year ago, although after a while working on it, I got tired and I moved it away for a while, until I found a picture with the white smoke stain that impressed me so much that I immediately took it up again.


In 1942 Bell started the re-design process of its antiquated P-39 Airacobra. Although this plane was largely used, with a notorious participation in the pacific war theatre, its performance was far from acceptable. The whole cell was modified, but the main characteristic that differ this aircraft was kept: the back position engine, right behind the cockpit. A new engine was installed, the new Allison V-1710-95, that moved a four blade propeller and gave the aircraft better performance.
At the end of World War II, two thirds of the 3303 aircraft built, were sent to Russia in a lend-lease operation, but it is difficult to know if finally they were used in combat in the West Front. Maybe, they carried out war operations, but it is probably that they did not fire against any enemy aircraft.

I had already searched some information when I started it firstly, and I had riveted a large part of it, but now I needed more pics, drafts and general information in order to be able to carry out even a better model.

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