Special Hobby 1/32 Curtiss P-36A, 20th Pursuit Group

By Nicolas Renoult

This is the Special Hobby P-36A Pearl Harbor defender kit, built OOB. I just corrected the gunsight, building from scratch a new correct gunsight + reflector, thanks to Waroff's information. Same for the windscreen rods.

The painting was done with Alclad gloss black base thoroughly polished and then some AK Interactive mixes, mostly based on polished aluminium. The decal set is from Yellow Wings, very nice set, but the decal quality (Microscale) was really not impressive. Nothing comparable with Microscale, Fantasy Print Shop or the Special Hobby printer (don't know who it is, but they are always very good!).

The colors on the engine cowling were painted as i was sure try to apply the decals here would have ended as a drama. It's the Group commander's aircraft, so it wears the colors of the 3 pursuit squadrons of 20th PG.

Nothing special to say about this build. It's not very easy as there are a lot of fit issues, especially as the fuselage is designed for 2 different engines, with different front parts, and it's a bit tricky to make all of this fitting correctly. But nothing impossible with a bit of CA, putty and sanding paper.

There's a build thread for this model in the forums.

© Nicolas Renoult 2016

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This article was published on Friday, January 22 2016; Last modified on Friday, January 22 2016