1/72 Academy North American P-109E

Gallery Article by Phil Golding

 

Here's my entry for the ARC 'Totally Inaccurate Paint Scheme' Group Build. There's a bit of 'What If', so here goes...

Following the success of 'Operation Sealion', in late 1940, which resulted in the invasion and ultimate surrender of Great Britain, by German forces, Adolf Hitler signed a non-aggression pact with the United States.  In December 1941, the Imperial Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor and, over the following three months, successfully invaded and occupied the Hawaiian Islands, giving them a base from which to operate long range bombing missions against the U.S. Mainland.  Particularly effective was the raid of May 13th, 1942, which effectively crippled the American Film industry, destroying Hollywood as it did.

As the United States had been neutral during the European Conflict, the U.S. industrial abilities had not been geared up for warfare and, so, the North American Aviation Company applied for, and was granted, a license to build the Bf 109E.  Designated the P-109E, and powered by a Packard-built  PDB V-1601, developing 1,300 hp, the P-109 became the mainstay of the USAAF, downing many Japanese bombers, and probably saving the United States from Invasion.

 

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The Kit:
Academy's 109E is not the best in the world, but it's cheap and I didn't really mind messing about with it for this build. The nose guns are inaccurately placed, there is no separation between the flaps and ailerons (I had to add it with a razor saw) and I'm not sure of the shape of the horizontal tail surfaces. I reshaped them with a file. The actual kit goes together OK, with minimal filler. It looks 109'ish. After a coat of primer, Alclad II Duralumin (B) was applied, and then redrudder and spinner. The decals were just lying about in my spares box...they're probably not accurate for the year, and don't depict any specific unit as far as I know.

All the best,

Phil Golding

      

Photos and text by Phil Golding