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Bell P-39 Airacobra in Italian Service

Aviolibri Special No. 7


by Marco Mattioli




S u m m a r y

ISBN: n/a
Media and Contents: Soft cover; 64 pages plus covers; glossy A4 format; 64 B&W photos; line drawings; 6 colour profiles; 6 diagrams
Price: available from Pacific Coast Models
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Interesting and little known subject; 11 page report on building the excellent Eduard P-39 in 1/48 scale; Italian and English text
Recommendation: Recommended, especially for Italian Air Force enthusiasts.


Reviewed by Glen Porter

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Many people may not be aware that the Airacobra flew in Italian service after the Armistice.

Indeed, 170 P-39s were handed over to Italy. These aircraft were in such poor condition that 21 never again took to the air. So if you like heavily weathered models, here is a great opportunity for you!

It is a credit to the Italian ground crews and pilots that they managed to get 149 Airacobras airworthy and flew them to good effect over the Balkans.

With many nice clear monochrome photos and six interesting colour side profiles, I am sure that many people will find this book of interest. When someone says "...and now for something completely different", this must be what they mean!

Recommended to all you Airacobraphiles or Italian Air Force nuts out there.

Thanks to IBN for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2003 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 20 June, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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