the shark-mouth Hobby Master Guadalcanal P-400 (P-39) Airacobra
to the Corgi AVG P-40E Warhawk.
& Match collections. Painted dentures were very popular
on in-line-engined aircraft during WWII. The Germans, British, AVG,
and U.S. used the motif in a variety of theaters, notibly North Africa
and the Far East. The first use on the Allied side was by the British
in North Africa, and a design similar to the British version was adapted
later by the AVG in China. Pictured here are two separate toothy designs,
one used during the Guadalcanal campaign, and the other in China by
the AVG (and later the USAAF).
In this Mix & Match, the better toothsome design was probably
that of the P-40E, used by the AVG. The lip-and-tooth design on the
P-400 (P-39) is a bit strained, though nonetheless it must have looked
awesome during ground-attack missions over Guadalcanal. However, as
far as the models go, the Hobby Master is far-and-away the better
effort; the colors and paint application on the Corgi version make
it look much more toy-like.
Oddly, the props on neither of these models would turn freely, so
I couldn't get a photo showing a "spinning prop".