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Tom Bebout
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AM 1/48 A-36 Apache

January 28, 2017 · in Aviation · · 8 · 2.5K

First completion of the year, essentially started before the Christmas holiday but just now completed. This is the old kit of the from which the now defunct company produced various versions of early 's. I did build one several years ago and it truly was a terrible job. My grandson promptly received it as a gift and it crashed after several imaginary missions. Everyone deserves a second chance so here it is again.

I did add an Ultracast seat to the well appointed cockpit, a position light to the top, and nylon threat for antenna. Rather than use the yellow wing decals I opted to paint them instead. The OD and Neutral Grey was from Model Master and rattle cans. Now based on the number of missions this A/C flew it should be pretty well worn out. Just didn't have the heart to dirty or chip her up as I like the way she looks now..Have AM's P-51C and F-6A in the stash and hope to complete them soon. Really nice little kits and one can find them at shows for quite reasonable prices.

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  1. Nice lookin' build, Tom...I've got one of those built and another one in the box. Accurate Miniatures makes (made) a really nice kit.

  2. I agree with Craig. They made some really nice early Mustangs. Some of these AM kits have been re boxed under Academy and Italeri boxes. I have a few more to build. Yours looks great. I had the opportunity to watch the Collings Foundation A-36 take shape during its restoration, and your model captured the "look" very well. I don't blame you for not wanting to dirty it up. I like it the way it looks now. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Tom, great looking Apache/Invader! I was overjoyed when it came out, 'cause it was a plane I thought I'd never see in ANY version of the Alison Mustangs. AM was a great company, glad to see the molds are being used so folks who came along recently get a chance to add to their collections.

  4. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Nice looking model Tom, clean and sharp.

  5. Nice and clean build.

  6. Very nice! I had this kit, before I got rid of all my 1/48 stuff, so never had a chance to build it. I found a 1/72 kit to replace it but haven't built it yet. Hope it comes out as nice as yours!

  7. Very nice build Tom. A pity AM is not still doing new kits.

  8. Nice little story with a fine ending.

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