Douglas A-20B Havoc desert diorama 1/48
For my first article I chose my desert diorama, which was presented also in Moson model show in Hungary in april 2014. It was noticed by the editor of iModeler.com who gave the invitation to post the photos here. Thank you Martin!
The kit is the classic AMT/Ertl, reisued by Italery maybe a decade ago. It’s a fairly nice kit, but over simplified in some points (cockpit, engines, etc.). I enchanted it with some aftermarket stuff: Lonestar cockpit, Airwaves etched detailing set, Quickboost engines, Vector control surfaces, True details wheels and some scratch build. The decals for squadron insignia were home made.
The plane is a more or less neglected tipe, rarely seen on shows, at least in 1/48. I choose the intriguing camo scheme, seen on famous LIFE photographs of 47th bomb group, made in Algeria in the spring of 1943 (see two attached photos). The colour was some sort of tan, randomly sprayed (maybe hand brushed) over standard OD in the field. But it was most likely not the desert pink colour, sprayed on American planes destined for Mediterranean theatre (B-25, P-40 etc). At least it is very unlikely that stocks of that paint would have been shiped across the Atlantic and to the front line group in the heat of battle in North Africa. So it was something found on the spot, maybe RAF stocks. Unfortunately the LIFE photos are not in colour so the debate about that distinct paint is open.
The diorama includes the Tamyia truck converted with Gaso.line resin gas tank. The figures are from Pend Oreille Models (guys eating – found by chance, totaly scarce), ICM mechanics and DES KIT driver.
Hope you enjoy.
8 additional images. Click to enlarge.