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TRICK: Pre-War USAAF Camo Schemes


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I don't have a lot of "fancy" paint schemes in my collection. I tend to focus on certain specific time periods in certain geographic areas. That said I do find the USAAF's experimental schemes of the 1930's quite interesting. This is the old AMT 1/48 scale P-36A done up in a fictitious scheme based on the P-36C's seen at the 1939 Cleveland Air Races. This is a very basic, very old mold, that has quite a few issues. It really was the perfect canvas to just have some airbrush fun. The extreme weathering is meant to emphasize the fact that these were watercolors in real life and were meant to be removed. Sometimes they came off clean and sometimes they didn't. One thing is for sure, they were a whole lot more interesting than OD over NG. :blu-plane:

 

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Well done, Jim! I love that scheme on the P-36. I'm still waiting for you to do a makeover on my workbench! Ha! Have a great weekend,

 

Mark

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That looks very authentic Jim! I could never really stomach those "spinach" schemes they used for the air races, though they had some interesting variations with mauve and greens! I also recall that the P-36 at the USAF Museum on Dayton was in that scheme for most of its life, until about a decade or so ago. We used to complain about it to the staff and they told us "the aluminum on the P-36 is too corroded to leave it unpainted". Then, lo and behold, they stripped it and it shined up perfectly! So much for "knowledgeable museum personnel"!

 

Congrats on something different!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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