A.V.G. Tomahawks in 1/32nd Scale, 3rd Squadron
In this review we will examine
the third, and final installment, of A.V.G. decals released
from Eagle Editions.
Two new P-40 schemes are provided, similar to the previous releases.
Tom Tullis spent a year talking to former members and gathering
reference material. That effort has culminated in this new,
accurate three part decal sheet.
EC#70 covers two interesting
Tomahawks from the 3rd Pursuit Squadron. The first is "75"
with A.V.G. serial number P-8186 flown by Bill Reed. This very
unique scheme has a mix of RAF and Chinese National Insignia
on the upper wing. This arrangement is currently considered
provisional. The second aircraft is "47", serial number
P-8127 flown by R.T. Smith. This is the same aircraft represented
on EC#69, however it now carries updated artwork after its transfer
to the 3rd Pursuit Squadron.
The instruction sheet text mirrors
that found with the other two releases as it discusses the nature
of the paint schemes applied to the A.V.G. Tomahawks. Decals
placement instructions are indicated using Tom Tullis' incredible
airbrushed side profiles. Upper view camouflage patterns are
depicted, using "75" and its unique markings as a
reference. Notes also attempt to clarify this arrangement. Those
modelers wishing to make their own determination about this
scheme should refer to Tigers Over China: The Aircraft of the
A.V.G. by Tom Tullis. It is reviewed here.
Actual photos of the aircraft are included in that book.
Microscale continues to print
the decals for Eagle Editions. They are printed over a single
page. Like EC#69, the limited supply of unfaded insignias for
the undersides will restrict the modeler to a single scheme.
The decals are in perfect register and display a minimum of
carrier film. The famous shark mouth pattern is created using
multiple decals. I have not had an opportunity to try these
markings at the time of this review to further study how they
fit on the Trumpeter P-40.
"The Flying Tigers"
were the first covert military group used by the United States
against a foreign power. Consequently, their place in aviation
history is assured. The flamboyant markings applied to these
aircraft have always intrigued model builders. Now, thanks to
Trumpeter and Eagle Editions, modelers of large scale kits will
be able to fill that gap in their collections.
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