Yellow Wings 32-021: 16th PG Commander's P-36A

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




Scott Van Aken

This sheet is one I'm quite pleased to see as it covers another 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 16th Pursuit Group. This unit was based in the Canal Zone to protect the Panama Canal from enemy forces. 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. They even include the wing walk markings. 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.  One exception might me a nose anti-glare panel. The profile shows one but the upper view does not. I'd go ahead and include it.

July 2011

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