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Post  rsv1cox Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:31 am

I love these things, and could go deep into their history but that would take pages.  Think wiki if you want a deep dive.

The current issue of Air classics got me going again.  Pictures from that wonderful magazine.

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P-39/P-63 two very different airplanes that looked very similiar. P-39 rounded tail/rudder, much smaller, 3 bladed prop.  P-63 much larger, four blade prop, clipped tail/rudder.

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I had ambitions of building a mid engine one using a BD-5 engine /drive but gave it away.

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I have half a dozen Wen Mac models marketed as both a P-39 and P-63 but they were the same - modeled on the P-63

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But, I did not have the much better rendered Cox P-39.  Cured that today.

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They do fly, successful take off and a pretty landing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjQ4aTQ2L7c

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Post  Kim Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:33 am

@rsv1cox wrote:I love these things, and could go deep into their history but that would take pages.  Think wiki if you want a deep dive.

The current issue of Air classics got me going again.  Pictures from that wonderful magazine.

P-39/P-63 two very different airplanes that looked very similiar. P-39 rounded tail/rudder, much smaller, 3 bladed prop.  P-63 much larger, four blade prop, clipped tail/rudder.

I had ambitions of building a mid engine one using a BD-5 engine /drive but gave it away.

I have half a dozen Wen Mac models marketed as both a P-39 and P-63 but they were the same - modeled on the P-63


Yeah, Air Classsics wreaks constant havoc on my ability to focus on projects...like a dog that doesn't know which car to chase.

Having been "imprinted" at an early age by Wen Mac's Ara/King Cobra, these issues hit me hard. I've started treating most of my printed magazine like newspapers---a read, then out---but the Cobra Issues will stay parked 'till I at least get them scanned into a hard drive.
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:53 pm

Me - But, I did not have the much better rendered Cox P-39. Cured that today

I don't know now that I have it in hand.

Wen Mac's version despite the elongated nose moment is the better model for many reasons. For one thing it's larger and more robust and was offered in many different variations. It had options that would eject a pilot with parachute and fire spring loaded rockets. Also, it's screwed together not held together by rubber bands.

Wen marketed it as a P-39, a P-63 and and a RAF Day Fighter with the 39 and 63 in different paint schemes.

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I have more of them than I should, and I keep the worst boxed away up in the loft.

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Size comparison. I like the Wen's but the Cox Airacobra does have something to offer. But not much compares with the Cox Stuka which by it's self is quite marvelous.

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