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P2V Neptune

Lockheed P2V-7 by Hasegawa 1/72 scale Kit No. 897 Cost: $22.50 Decals: Three versions, all U.S. Navy (a P2V-7S of VP-19, and an SP-2H of VP-21, both in two-tone paint scheme of white over dark sea blue; and a second SP-2H of VP-21, in a paint scheme of overall dark...

P6M Seamaster

Martin P6M Sea Master by Revell 1/136 scale Kit No. 8621 Cost: $17.00 Decals: One version – U.S. Navy (appears to be reprint of original kit markings) Comments: 1992 “History Makers” re-issue of original 1956 kit; raised panel lines and rivet detail,...

PBM-5 Mariner

Martin PBM-5 Mariner by Revell 1/118 scale Kit No. 00006 Cost: $14.00 Decals: One version, U.S. Navy, Patrol Squadron 50 (VP-50); printed in Italy for Revell GmbH & Co. Comments: Engraved panel lines, raised rivet detail; Re-issue of Revell’s 1957 kit; new...

Percival Pembroke

Percival Pembroke C.1 by Special Hobby 1/72 scale Cost: $34.00 Kit No. SH72105 Decals: Three versions, two with No. 60 Squadron, Royal Air Force; one for Levant Communications, by Aviprint Comments: Engraved panel lines, detailed cockpit and cabin interior, resin...

Pfalz D.IIIa

Pfalz D.IIIa by Eduard 1/48 scale Kit. No. 8046 Cost: $22.00 Decals: Two versions Comments: Engraved panel lines, complete engine, detailed cockpit; basic rigging diagram provided History The Pfalz D.IIIa, a sleek, rugged, but underpowered fighter appearing in the...

Ryan PT-20

MPM Ryan PT-20 Trainer 1/72 scale Decals: Three versions – One for U.S. Army Air Corps, and two for the Dutch East Indies Cost: $22.00  History The PT-20 was one of a series of trainers produced by the Ryan Aeronautical Company under contract to the U.S. Army...

F.M.A. IA 58A Pucara

F.M.A. IA 58A Pucara by Special Hobby 1/72 scale Cost: $21.00 Decals: 4 versions – all Argentine Air Force Comments: Engraved panel lines: resin cockpit seats and engine exhausts; photo-etch seat straps and instrument panels History In the mid-1960’s the...

PZL P.24

PZL P.24 by Mirage 1/48 scale Kit No. 48107 Cost: $25.00 Decals: Two versions by Techmod – both Greek Air Force Comments: Engraved panel lines, detailed radial engine, detailed 20mm gun pods, resin and photo-etch details, film instruments insert History The...

PZL TS-11 Iskra

PZL TS-11 Iskra 200 BR by Mastercraft 1/72 scale Kit No. 7201 Cost: $12.50 Decals: Two versions (Polish Air Force) Comments: Unusual Eastern Bloc aircraft; engraved panel lines; option for two-seat trainer or single-seat attack/reconnaissance aircraft History The PZL...

P-38 Lightning Nightfighter

Lockheed P-38M Night Lightning by Dragon 1/72 scale Kit No. 5019 Cost: $22.00 Decals: One version – 418th Night Fighter Squadron, Atsugi, Japan – 1945 Comments: Engraved panel lines, crisp detail throughout History The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of...

P-39 Airacobra

Bell P-39 Airacobra by Monogram 1/48 scale Kit No. 6844 Cost: $12.00 Comments: Excellent detail that remains competitive over 45 years after its initial release Decals: One version  for U.S. Army Air Force P-39F, 488th Fighter Squadron, 59th Fighter Group History Bell...

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk

The P-40E is an icon of WWII, its shark-mouthed paint scheme bringing fame to the Flying Tigers in China and the RAF in North Africa…

P-51B Mustang Mk. III

North American P-51B Mustang Mk. III by Revell Germany 1/72 scale Kit No. 4167 Cost: $9.00 Decals: Two versions, both Royal Air Force (No. 316, Polish Squadron, August 1944; and No. 234 Squadron, December 1944) Comments: Engraved panel lines, flushed rivet detail,...

P-51 B/C Mustang

North American P-51B/C Mustang by Pro Modeler (Monogram) 1/48 scale Kit No. 5931 Cost: $22.00 (aftermarket) Decals: 3 versions – all U.S. Army Air Force: Topper III, flown by Captain Edward L. Toppins of the 99th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group (Tuskegee...

P-70 Nighthawk

Coming to the Pacific in the Summer of 1942, the P-70 was meant to be a stopgap night fighter, soon to be replaced by the P-61 Black Widow. But the P-70 served until 1944 due to the P-61’s teething problems….

P-80 Shooting Star

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star by Monogram 1/48 scale Kit No. 5428 Cost: $15.00 Decals: One version – United States Air Force Comments: Raised panel lines; first released 1977; detailed cockpit with option for open or closed canopy; detailed gun bay and wheel...

RF-4C Phantom II

Ordered by the U.S. Air Force partly in response to the Navy’s RF-8 Crusader, which highlighted deficient Air Force performance in the low-altitude reconnaissance role during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the RF-4 ushered in a quantum improvement in USAF reconnaissance capability. Italeri’s RF-4 features a three auxiliary drop tanks, a multi-part canopy and a series of clear plastic parts depicting camera ports in an elongated nose.

Roland D. VIa

Roland D. VIa by Fly 1/48 scale Cost: $30.00 Kit No. 48005 Decals: Three versions Comments: Engraved panel lines; resin engine and cockpit components; photo-etch seat straps and machine gun jackets History The Roland D.VI was designed by the Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft...

Saab J21A

Saab J21A by Heller 1/72 scale Kit No. 261 Cost: $10.00 Decals: One version – Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force) Comments: Older kit, unusual twin-boom fighter; raised panel lines; decals for national insignia are out of register, aftermarket replacements highly...

Saab J21R

Saab J-21R by Special Hobby 1/72 scale Kit No. SH 72207 Price: $22.00 — 26.00 Decals: Four versions – all Flygvapnet (Swedish Air Force) Comments: Engraved panel lines, resin wheels with radial tread, highly detailed cockpit including PE and film parts, PE...

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