Hobby Master HA1715 – 1/72 Scale P-39N Aircobra Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA1715 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale replicates the Bell P-39N Aircobra, “White 01”, flown by Capt Ivan II’ich Babak, 100 GvIAP (Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment), VVS (Soviet Air Forces). While stationed in Germany during January 1945.
Hobby Master 1/72 scale Bell P-39N Aircobra diecast model details
|Length||20.5 cm||8.07 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||12.8 cm||5.03 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage can be displayed extended or retracted
- Display stand included with this model.
Ivan II’ich Babak
Ivan Babak (1919-2001), a former teacher, joined the Russian Army in 1940 and in April 1942 went to the 45th IAP (45th Fighter Wing) flying the Yak-1. Part of the 100th GvIAP (Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment). In April 1943 Babak downed 14 fighters over the Kuban making him the top Kobra Ace and awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union. Later that year Babak contracted malaria and hospitalised until September. Shortly after returning he received the P-39N. On April 22, 1945, Babak was shot down by flak and captured; he remained a prisoner for only two weeks. He is credited with 33 victories and four shared. The inscription on Babak’s P-39N reads “From the schoolchildren of Mariupol”.
Bell P-39 Aircobra
The Bell P-39 Aircobra is an American single piston-engined fighter. It first flew in April 1938 and entered service in 1941. One of the main American land-based fighters at the beginning of World War II. Designed for the USAAC’s need for a single-engined high altitude interceptor. Due to the lack of a turbo-supercharger, the aircraft was unsuitable for high altitude.
It first saw combat in April 1942. Outclassed by European fighters and the Japanese A6M Zero but was successful with the Soviet Union. The Soviets liked the low altitude speed, maneuverability, structural integrity and heavy armament. The Soviets nicknamed it “The Iron Dog”. The P-39 used the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled V-12 engine. Mounted in the centre of the fuselage behind the cockpit. A propeller shaft passed beneath the pilot’s feet under the cockpit floor. This configuration allowed the 37 mm (1.46 in) T9 cannon to fire through the propeller hub. Increasing accuracy and stability when firing.
Fuel tanks were only in the wings as the fuselage lacked space. Even with drop tanks, the P-39 had a short-range. The Aircobra was the first fighter with a tricycle undercarriage. Entry to the cockpit was through opening doors, mounted on both sides of the cockpit. Because of the propeller shaft, the pilot sat high in the fuselage giving a good field of view. The first production variant, the P-39C lacked armour and self-sealing tanks. Found to be unsuitable for operational use production switched to the P-39D. The -D addressed these issues along with enhanced armament. The P-39D was the first Airacobras to enter service with the Army Air Corps.