As a child growing up in the 1980’s, I cut my modelling teeth on Airfix and Matchbox kits. A Saturday morning was often spent at the local Hobby shop where I marveled at all the kits on display. Matchbox kits always had the best box art and their A-20 Havoc offering in 1/72 scale, depicting the “Green Hornet” on an attack run, called out to me. Many years later modelers lamented the fact that their were no 1/48 scale A-20 Havoc. AMT answered their call with their release of the A-20 Havoc. AMT was probably in a rush to release the kit as it has excellent details in the cockpit and rear dorsal turret but the engines and undercarriage bays were devoid of all the details that one would expect from a 1/48 scale kit. Italeri later re-released the AMT kit. I bought the Italeri offering and decided that it had to be in the markings of my childhood favourite “Green Hornet” of the 675th BS, 417th BG.
I decided that it would not be an OOB build and that I will add scratchbuilt internal details to the undercarriage bays and the engines. Eduard released a detailed PE set which contained some internal structure for the undercarriage bays but not enough detail to my liking. I always go a bit overboard with scratcbuilding as I find it a very rewarding exercise.
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