Cessna A-37B Dragonfly
The A-37B Dragonfly was one of those unsung heroes of the Vietnam air war. Over shadowed by more glamorous jets like the Phantom, Crusader, Super Sabre and Thunderchief, the A-37 was deployed to Vietnam to replace the F-100 and B-57. It was used operationally by the USAF and the South Vietnamese Air Force. The A-37 lacked the loitering capability and heavy weapons load of the A-1 Skyraider, but had inflight-refuelling capability. Furthermore, the A-37 B was powered by a pair of General Electric J85 -GE-17A
turbojets, each producing 2850 lb’s of thrust. Internal fuel capacity was 317 US gal. This was augmented by two non-jettisonable 95 US gal. tip tanks. Two underwing fuel tanks could also be carried. With four hardpoints under each wing, the A-37 was capable to carry a wide array of rocket pods, bombs and napalm. The A-37 B was also fitted with a General Electric GAU-2B/A six-barrel Minigun mounted in the nose, offset to starboard, with up to 1500 rounds of 7,62 mm ammunition. Rate of fire could be changed with a selector switch from 3000 to 6000 rpm.
This is Monogram’s 1/48 scale A-37 B. The model depicts the mount of Lt. Tom O’ Bierne from the 604th SOS, 3rd TFW, based at Bien Hoa. The model was completed OOB. Only whip aerial antennas were added. These were fashioned from thin copper wire. The model was sprayed with Humbrol enamels and lightly weathered with pastels. The small stencil decals were slightly off-register. This was a relatively fast build for me at a time when my production line turned out a model per month. Nowadays it has slowed to one per year. This model is starting to show her age. I completed her more than 16 years ago.
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