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Comparing the shark-mouth Hobby Master Guadalcanal P-400 (P-39) Airacobra to the Corgi AVG P-40E Warhawk.

Left side nose view
Left side tail view
Right side nose view
Right side tail view
Mix & 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".
Left side nose view: (click on image for a larger view)
Nose left, high Nose left, medium Nose left, low
Left side tail view: (click on image for a larger view)
Right side nose view: (click on image for a larger view)
Nose right, low Nose right, medium Nose right, high
Right side tail view: (click on image for a larger view)
Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014  

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