Matchbox 1/72 Douglas A-20G Havoc (Green Hornet)
Another build from the Matchbox Group Build to celebrate Matchbox's 50th Anniversary to when they first released plastic model kits.
Not a hard build, I added a little something to some areas lacking details. The cockpit area did receive some extra work (built up the instrument panel, side walls and rear bulk head), the nose gear had the torsion links made and added. Both propellers were thinned down a little.
Before painting the model, I did some pre-shading by using a Sharpie black marker.
I used Tamiya acrylic paints, The Olive drab XF-62 on the first two coats, on the final it was lightend down by adding a few drops of XF-80 and 81. The Neutral Grey is XF-53. The green on the leading and trailing edges is XF-5. The blue I came up with the mix. The green on the fwd leading edge was made a little darker with a black fine point oil marker and smudged with a cotton swab. I did the same for each exhaust streaks.
The kit's original decals were used except for the small letter "P" on the nose in between the guns. The original decals looked fine except they were printed off-centre of the clear film. The small letter "P" broke apart when applying so I used a "P" from a Microscale sheet. The rest is from the kit, I applied the Micro Scale Decal maker and for the most part it did the job. The only decal that showed a little damage was on the right side of the vertical stabilizer big letter "P". Later I had to keep applying the Micro Sol and gently pressed the decals into place, this took a little while to tame them into place.
All and all I am pretty happy with this build. I made this kit over 40 years ago but it disappeared a while ago and it was one of my favorite builds from that time. It is nice to have the Green Hornet displayed on my shelf again.
Aircraft History: Built by Douglas Aircraft Company. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as A-20G-25-DO Havoc serial number 43-9407. Shipped overseas to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA).
Wartime History: Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 417th Bombardment Group "Sky Lancers" (417th BG), 675th Bombardment Squadron "Dauntless Demons" (675th BS). Nicknamed "Green Hornet" with the nose art of a hornet holding an aerial bomb with both hands and running. Tail code "P" and a blue diagonal stripe with a white edge at the tip of the tail. The pilot who flew this ship was Lt. John Pryor.
On March 21, 1944 assigned to the 312th Bombardment Group, 388th Bombardment Squadron. No known tail letter. During September 1944, scrapped at Finschafen Airfield, Papua New Guinea.
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