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Atlas Editions Fighters of World War II 4909-328
Bell P-39Q Airacobra Diecast Model
Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana, J.Baracca, Italy, 1945

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Bell P-39Q Airacobra   5"   5.75"

The Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force was formed in October 1943 after the Italian armistice a month earlier. The Italian pilots now flew for the Allies and in June and July 1944 received 75 former USAAF 332nd Fighter Group P-39Qs. These aircraft equipped the Gruppi 9 and 10 of 4 Stormo and the name J. Baracca was to honor an Italian Ace from WWI. The black prancing horse was used because it was Baracca's aircraft emblem. This horse emblem would go on to become the famous Ferrari emblem.

Bell P-39Q Airacobra

Designed as a single-engine high-altitude interceptor aircraft, the P-39 was first flown on April 6th, 1938. The main purpose of the engine configuration-placed behind the cockpit-was to free up space for the heavy main armament, a 37 mm cannon firing through the center of the propeller hub for optimum accuracy and stability. Unfortunately the Airacobra was vulnerable to any enemy fighter with decent high altitude performance, but its rear-mounted engine made it ideal for ground attack since return fire was less likely to hit the engine. The Airacobra saw combat throughout the world, particularly in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Russian theaters.

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Atlas Editions Fighters of World War II

The Atlas Editions "Fighters of World War II" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft in 1:72 scale.

Atlas Editions diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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