Accurate Miniatures 1/48th A-36 Apache, WWII MTO
Since we had amazing run on Airacobra's, and I don't have one built yet to display, figure an early Mustang would be the next best thing. If I remember correctly this is AM first kit ever offered was the Apache, new approach, detailed info tips, and engineering that I first ever encountered in how this variant was assembled. Didn't care much for the tail being separate just another seam to fill. Though a kit that doesn't need much in AM bits, the only item that is not from the kit are the decals. Though looking like a Mustang, the Apache was designed for ground attack/dive bomber, with dive brakes on the wings (which were inefficient and thus were actually wired in place) and 2 browning machine guns on the nose under the forward nose and 4 on the wings. About 500 were built. 1st action took place in N. Africa in June 1943. Though the official name was "Apache" it was unofficially also called the "Invader" which I didn't know. Interesting, name was officially given to the Douglas A-26.
This was also the first Am kit I attempted, I really liked the build, the cockpit was detailed which offered decal seatbelts, which too me don't look like them. So I didn't use them. I first built this around 1995. One of the first kits I built when I returned back to the hobby. My intent was to build all the Mustangs and it's variants. Starting with the Apache, and so far I only have 2 built with several in the stash. Standard OD over Neutral Grey, using Aeromaster Acrylics, Interior Green for the cockpit and landing gear bays. Decals are from Aeromaster. Pics were taken with an Olympus Digital that didn't have good megapixel settings for better close in shots. A lot of first on this project, the canopy was masked using True Details "Fast Frames" for the canopy masking, (I guess they have a long shelf life as there is no peeling at all and they have been on the model going on 18 years). The use of Future for a Gloss clear coat for the decal phase. And Aeromaster Flat Clear for the final finish. Also Moskit exhausts which are beautiful when used. Too bad they were always difficult to get from the get go. Thanks for viewing.