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Accurate Miniatures' 1/48 scale
A-36 Apache

by Bob Aikens


North American A-36 Apache

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It was 'thin-out-the-stash-time', and the Apache's number came up- I got it and the Acc Min Il-2 from a Squadron sale 7 or 8 years ago, and recently they had been staring at me quite intensely... I did their P-51B and knew what to expect: surface detail second-to-none, good fit and alignment, but clear parts [at least on this kit] with a sort of internal graininess to them-polishing and Future help, but they still remain inadequate.



The decals in this kit (a single aircraft) are neatly printed and in perfect register-the film might have been a bit thinner, but they very, very usable.

 *The Stormovic remains languishing on the shelf.





The original rationale for building the model in component fashion was because I needed an opening to insert a holding device (usually a piece of dowel) to facilitate painting- the nose section wouldn't do because of
 the spinner set-up [could have worked around that, but why make trouble for yourself, eh?] ..So I thought (and you know what thought did!) "I'll leave off the nose section, make sure it fits near perfectly, and slip a holder up through
 the cockpit"....but the cockpit set-up that I'd spent a lot of time getting right was obviously not going to allow me to do this!



I quickly went to 'Plan B'- a stick of basswood up through the [radiator] vent. The original failed stratagem also had me leaving out the instrument panel for retro-fitting (easy enough). Humbled by having once more out  outsmarted myself, I continued...



Painting and Markings


Once painting started everything began to go much more smoothly.



The kit decals went down well over a surface of Tetsor's Glosscote 1261 which, if let dry properly, is very durable to setting solutions.


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Finishing Touches

Additions to the basic kit are brake lines, antenna wires and Eduard seat belts.  In retrospect the only real problem was the clearness of the canopy. Overall,  I was quite happy with the way the project turned out.

Pictures- [Olympus C-5500 Zoom 5mp]

The digipics presented here have been adjusted for brightness/contrast and for color balance as I'm forced to use a combo of natural and halogen lighting.



The model is as you see it- not touched up or augmented in any way by PhotoShop manipulation.



Additional Images


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Model, Images and Text Copyright 2007 by Bob Aikens
Page Created 19 July, 2007
Last Updated 01 January, 2008

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