Yellow Wings 32-016: 20th PG Commander's P-36A

For: MPM/Special Hobby/Azur 1/32 kit




Scott Van Aken

Yellow Wings had significantly slowed down on its new releases over the last several years due to the down turn in the economy, but has definitely made up for it this year with the release of several new sheets.

This sheet is one I'm quite pleased to see as it covers a very colorful USAAC P-36 Hawk fighter. Yes, Yellow Wings is moving into Army territory as these planes, while no precisely ones with yellow wings, are very much yellow wing era.

The large and colorful Microscale-printed sheet contains the markings for one of the more colorful P-36s around, the commander's aircraft for the 20th Pursuit Group. This unit was based in Louisiana and this plane was so marked in the 1938-39 time frame. Yellow Wings  recommends the Special Hobby kit being the one to choose. I should mention that there is a P-36 in an Azur boxing and may well be one in an MPM box as well. Regardless of which boxing you choose as the basis, you'll have to do some modifications as this plane had only the nose cowling guns. Any wing guns and associated ejector chutes/panel lines will need to be dealt with. The aircraft itself is overall unpainted metal and being the boss's plane, it will have been kept highly polished.

The sheet includes all the unique markings and stripes needed to complete this aircraft. Only data markings may have to come from the kit sheet. Yellow Wings has to have among the finest instructions and markings placement guides offered with this one being in full color so there are no worries about what goes where. 

July 2011

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