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Dora Wings 1/48 P63E King Cobra Single-Seat Aircraft Kit

Dora Wings 1/48 P63E King Cobra Single-Seat Aircraft Kit

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$44.99 $56.99

Bell Aircraft's P-39 Airacobra was a very effective fighter once the USAAF had gained some combat experience during WWII. The lack of a supercharger (an interesting political story) made the P-39 ineffective above 10,000 feet, but below that altitude, it could hold its own against the feared A6M Zero. The Russians adopted the P-39 and loved the aircraft, so when they learned that Bell was going to 'supersize' the Airacobra, they wanted to help with the design effort.

The XP-39E, which was the prototype for what would become the P-63, featured the all-important superchargers and greater engine power, in addition to its longer fuselage and greater wingspan. While the new design out-performed the P-39, the USAAF didn't consider the P-63 up to the performance levels of the P-51. The Soviets were glad to acquire the majority of them under lend/lease, and Bell paid closer attention to the inputs of the Soviet engineers. For example, the P-63 could not recover from a flat spin (as Bell learned in flight test), so the Soviets had the nose-mounted canon moved forward, which shifted the center of gravity forward and provided more room for additional ammunition. The redesigned P-63 could recover.

Features and Options:

  • Nicely detailed cockpit
  • Photo-etched pilot restraints
  • Positionable car doors
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable flaps
  • Positionable rudder
  • Postionable elevators
  • Choice of optional centerline external fuel tanks
  • Optional underwing external fuel tanks
  • Underwing gun pods

The kit provides markings for the following subjects:

  • P-63E, 43-11721, USAAF
  • P-63E, 43-11720, USAAF
  • P-63E, 43-11721, USAAF
  • P-63E, N9003R, civilian warbird
  • P-63E, 402, Honduran AF (FAH)
  • P-63E, 401, Honduran AF (FAH)

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