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Rubber Powered Airplane Kits / FF-03 Bell P-39 Airacobra
Although a US plane, the P-39 Bell Airacobra was used by the Russians through Lend-Lease
during the second World War and was highly effective in low-level,
short-range attacks, ground force protection, and reconnaissance.
Kit FF-03 Bell P-39 Airacobra is a 1/12 scale, flying model for the
experienced builder and flyer. This plane uses our popular Box
and Former method of construction. Designed by Ron Clarke, November
23, 1940. Eligible for Society of Antique Modelers (SAM) contests.
This free flight rubber powered kit contains a full-size
rolled plan, building and flying instructions, hand sorted and weighed
printed balsa and balsa stripwood, FAI rubber motor, 12" E-B propeller,
EBM thrust bearing, clear plastic for the windshield, wheels, wire,
Built Lite tissue in olive, light grey, and black, and TissueCal™ markings.
You will need a building
board, hobby knife, fine
sandpaper, and glue.
FF-03 Bell P-39 Airacobra
Class: Scale Flying Model, 1:12
Building Skill / Flying Skill: Experienced / Experienced
Price: $ 23.95
Extra TissueCal™ markings
for this kit.
a photo of your model!
"Here ya go, Dave;
Itís a pix of my newest FAC WWII mass launch plane, your 35" w/s P-39 Airacobra. It has a few more modern mods done to it than usual. Its got a spring loaded, adjustable pitch, Dr. Larrabie style polycarbonate, interchangeable blades free wheeler prop. Pop-off spinner w/ built in nose cannon. There's also a Gizmo Geezer adjustable nose button.
She's got wire plug-in wing panels for ease of transportation, held together by a rubber through the fuselage. There are now two full floating (different locations) rear pegs because the nose is so long. I needed the second location to get the CG to balance right. There's blue-foam fillets and intake scoop. If I fly it in FAC scale I'll have to make some blue foam gun housings under the wings. The Russians removed these on their planes. The canopy is built in 5 separate pieces of flat acetate except for the bubble on the very top which I pirated from Bob Issac's Heinkel 100D that he makes canopies for his own 30" version of.
That's about it except for your olive drab tissue and white Esaki and finished with ModelMaster enamels, 3 coats of thin dope and one sprayed coat of polyurethane with a little airbrush detailing.... Hope to see you in Geneseo or Muncie." - Duke Horn
"I am submitting a few photos of the P-39 that I just finished building from your FF03 kit. I added a pilot seat with armor plate and wing machine guns. I have a suggestion for building the spinner that you may want to add to the instructions. If you use 4 stringers of equal size to separate the spinner from the spinner plate, it makes it easer to attach the paper between the two pieces." - Bill Kallstrom
Balsa Model Airplane Kit, Balsa flies better.