For December 7th
The day all Hell broke loose, and changed the lives of millions. This 1/32 Special Hobby P-36 represents one of the few U.S. machines to gain the air that morning. Lt. Phil Rasmussen managed to take off (legend says still in his pajamas) and knock down a Japanese bomber before receiving a hail of lead in return, bringing his holed and tailwheel-less airplane down and living to tell about it.
Still in it’s un-warlike colors, the P-36 was being used as a trainer with one gun mounted. Alclad II White aluminum is the main shade, with tinted panels added.
Later on, I thought I would add some figures to display with the plane, and modified some Airfix 1/32 Marines to (somewhat) look like pre-war U.S. army. “Soup-plate” Helmets were stolen from a British set. I tried to give them a hurried, snap shooting look. One guy is holding a .30 cal. Browning barehanded so I wrapped his left hand up to prevent burns.
I know the pics are poor but this was a while ago before I improved. They are in the American Airpower Museum now so I can’t get new ones yet.
Here’s to those who serve, past and present.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.