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P-400 Kit

Hasegawa 1/48 P-400 Airacobra Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2006 Manufacturer Hasegawa
Subject Bell P-400 Airacobra Scale 1/48
Kit Number 19092 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Very nice detailing Cons
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $30.95

First Look

P-400 Kit
P-400 Kit
P-400 Kit
P-400 Kit
P-400 Kit
P-400 Kit

Bell designed an advanced fighter aircraft in 1938 that featured a 37mm cannon firing through the propeller spinner and different configurations of machine guns depending on the version. The engine was mounted behind the pilot, with the propeller shaft running under the pilot's seat and between his legs. The aircraft incorporated one of the first nosegear arrangements on an operational fighter.

The P-400 was specifically a P-39D built to UK specifications. In operations, the RAF didn't care for the aircraft. It lacked performance above 12,000 feet and the Allison engine was not supercharged (a result of some pre-war politics in the US defense industry).

When US aircrews entered the theater, they operated the P-400s as well as the P-39s that came over into combat. The USSR employed the aircraft extensively as it was found to be a worthy fighter in Soviet service until MiG and Yak production could ramp up, with the Soviets receiving over half of the total P-39 production.

I was a little surprised to learn that Hasegawa had opted to do the P-39 series (including this P-400) so soon after the Eduard P-39s had swept through the market. Like the recent P-40, Hasegawa took their own approach to engineering the kit to render most of the operational variants of the aircraft. You can see in the lower parts tree photos how only some of the sections are filled in, meaning that other props and essential details will be available as needed for other variants.

The kit is molded in light gray styrene, and is impressive with its sharply-scribed detailing. There are six parts trees in the box and one additional tree containing the clear canopy, doors, etc.

Two different styles of exhaust stacks are provided to indicate the some of what is to come, and the notches in the wing to accommodate different gun installations also hint at future more versions.

Like the Eduard kit, the car doors are molded in clear to make it easier to represent the side cockpit windows. Unlike the Eduard kit, this release has no photo-etch parts nor the essential lead ballast included to keep the aircraft from becoming a tail dragger.

Even though some of the essential parts to render later versions of this aircraft are not in the box, there are quite a few parts you will not use to render the P-400, so you'll have some nice detail parts for your spares box.

The cockpit access doors are positionable. You have your choice of an external fuel tank or bomb on the centerline rack.

The markings included in this kit are for :

  • P-400, 67 FS/347 FG, BW167, Guadalcanal, 1942
  • P-400, 39 FS/35 FG, 13, New Guinea, 1942 "Pat/Wahl Eye II"

A very complete set of maintenance stencils are also provided for the aircraft.

Out of the box, this kit looks good and should build into a nice rendition of the Airacobra. We'll be taking a closer look at the differences between the different 1/48 P-39 kits soon. Stay tuned!

Here is a list of paints Hasegawa identifies for the colors of this kit and the equivalent colors from other brands:

 
AMMO
AV
GSI
HAT
LC
MIS
MRP
TAM
TES
XTRA
Red
0049
71.269
C003
H003
N003
A276
C276
LC006
MMP003
002
LP07
X07
1705
 
Yellow
0048
71.078
C004
H004
N004
A290
C290
UA042
MMP007
386
LP08
X08
1707
 
Silver
0195
71.062
C008
H008
N008
A003
C003
LC074
MMM006
128
LP11
X11
 
X038
Flat White
0050
71.101
C062
H011
N011
A101
C101
LC001
 
 
LP04
XF02
1768
 
Flat Black
0046
71.057
C033
H012
N012
A041
C041
LC002
 
020
LP03
XF01
1749
 
Steel
0191
71.065
C028
H018
N018
 
 
MMM002
030
X10
1780
X502
Cobalt Blue
 
 
H035
N035
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Olive Drab
0237
71.016
C012
H052
N052
A018
C018
UA106
 
 
AS06
 
X112
XA1112
Neutral Gray
0239
71.051
H053
A054
C054
UA071
MMP103
039
AS07
XF53
1725
X133
XA1133
Interior Green
0220
71.137
C027
H058
N058
A211
C211
UA004
MMP059
131
 
1715
X117
XA1117
Dark Earth
0070
71.323
C022
H072
N072
A206
C206
UA519
MMP078
108
AS22
XF52
2054
X002
XA1002
Dark Green
0206
71.324
C361
H073
N073
A016
C016
UA520
MMP077
110
AS09
XF81
2060
X001
Duck Egg Green
0244
71.302
C026
H074
A026
C026
 
 
 
XF21
 
 
Burnt Iron
0187
71.073
C061
H076
N076
A106
C106
 
MMM01
147
LP54
XF84
 
X508
Tire Black
0033
71.315
C137
H077
N077
 
UA733
MMP040
 
LP65
XF85
 
 
Olive Green
0084
71.093
C054
H080
N080
A152
C152
UA303
MMP034
078
XF58
 
 
Clear Red
 
70.934
C047
H090
N090
 
 
 
266
LP72
X27
 
 
Clear Blue
 
70.938
C050
H093
N093
 
 
 
267
LP68
X23
 
 
Sky (Sky Type S)
0243
71.302
C368
A026
C026
US521
MMP080
118
XF21
2049
X007
XA1007

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