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Tom Bebout
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AMT 1/48 A-20G Havoc

March 28, 2013 · in Aviation · · 6 · 2.9K

So you sit down ,open the box and tell yourself that you're really going to take the time and produce a museum quality piece with this one. Maybe next time. Had some warped plastic with this one, some paint issues and some decals that wanted to tear when you tried to move them. Got to the point where I told myself " get er done". So here's my get er done A-20G, used Model Master and paints, True detail wheels which included the life raft ,wire for the canopy prop and nylon thread for the antenna wire. Used some chalk pastels mixed with water to dirty her up a bit. Really like this AC, was used in all theaters and got no glory. Too bad none are in flying condition in the US.

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  1. Nice work, Tom!

  2. Always loved the A-20, and you've done her justice.

  3. Good job, the paint scheme.

  4. You know, you're right you just don't see these things around, even though so many were built. One of those airplanes the Army had no use for after the War. But you have made a great model of it , looks very good.

  5. It's too bad AMT couldn't come up with a good business model to keep them in the black.No pun intended. They did make some pretty descent kits that are being re boxed with new decals and higher prices. I used to get them for twenty bucks as shelf sitters and have managed to collect all of the A-20 series.

    As for the real deal ...they were good for wrecking things and not good at hauling people or goods nor were they economical to operate with all of those spark plugs and man hours needed to maintain the engines. The B-25 it's contemporary lived on because of the side by side cockpit arrangement which was good for training bomber crews... so the Air force kept them going. A-20 didn't have the growth potential for training crews or being a executive transport because of the fuselage being too narrow too.

    Neat Model. My only niggle. More photos please.

  6. This was designed to be a light bomber/attack bomber from the start, so to compare it to an a-26, or b-25 is was also to be used as a night fighter, so basically it was a U.S. iteration of the RAAF's Mosquito...hence the single pilot configuration, and narrow fuse.

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