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Bella Red - Bella White
BlackWidow
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 07:41 AM UTC
The past 3 months I've been strolling around Armorama most of the time working on 2 campaigns. Now that my new Leopard 2A4GR is in the books and the M 110 close to the end of the assemly line, I think it's time to build some flying plastic again, isn't it?

For my next project I've chosen another fine dual combo from Eduard, as usual in 1/48 scale. Early last year, when there still were models shows around, I found this nice kit of the P-39 Airacobra. I think it's a nice idea of Eduard to call it Bella, and I shamelessly take the name over for my new build blog.

Okay, let's see what we have here. As always the box art is already half the purchase ....

.... in the box are parts in grey plastic for 2 complete kits of Red Star Cobras ....

.... let's have a look at the sprues. All sprues are double. First we have Sprue A with fuselage and cockpit parts ....

... Sprue B has the wing and further parts for cockpit and the front wheel ....

.... Sprue C has various parts for the landing gear and prop ....

.... the sprue with the clear parts has the canopy, the famous "car doors" and the armor glass for the pilot ....

.... as this is a Profi Pack, we find also PE parts and masks for boths builds ....

.... with every Profi Pack comes a colourful building instruction which looks like a booklet ....

.... like on my finnish "Mersu", Eduard offers again 10 tasty looking versions of VVS Cobras and after some long thinking I've decided to build "White 103" of the 213. GIAP, a P-39Q, because it's the most colourful Cobra and wears the Guards Banner on one door and the Alexander Nevsky Order on the other ....

.... the decals are again printed by Cartograph and made the decision not easy ....

I have already looked for the right paints, this time from Revell and Vallejo, and will start in the next few days ....

Happy modelling!
Torsten
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Posted: Saturday, August 01, 2020 - 08:08 AM UTC
Wait! Didn't I say Dual Combo? Hmm, yes I did ....

Okay, then let's have a look at this one ....

.... the box already looks a little battered because it's really an old kit in my stash. Look at this! Do remember when Eduard started in the 1990's with their well known brown plastic parts?

.... and look at this! A nose weight included in the kit! And what kind of masks are that? I even found the sales slip inside the box. The date when I bought this kit was the 2. October 2003, which makes it one of the oldest kits left in my stash. The hobby shop from my hometown sadly does not exist anymore, btw ....

.... the plastic parts look all the same as in the Dual Combo. Really? No they don't! With Sprue B comes here a pilot which is missing in the Dual Combo. But I'm sure I won't need the guy ....

.... the building instruction is still in black, white and blue and comes in A5 size ....

.... after all these years hiding somewhere in my stash, the decals (made by Cartograph) still look in good shape and offer 3 versions of a VVS, French and a USAF version ....

.... I have decided to go for the US Cobra on the box art, again a P-39Q from the 46th FS, 15th FG on Makin Island in summer 1943 ....

.... no PE parts here, it's only half a Profi Pack with masks and w e i g h t.

Still have to look for the correct paints for this beauty. Will spray some colour samples in the next days and see what will come out of that. So now I have my 2 builds together, a Bella Red Star and a Bella White Star. Will start to build them in the next few days and I hope some of you guys will join me again along the way.

Happy modelling and stay safe!
Torsten