since the AMT kits came out. Did one in 1/72 some years ago based on Revell A-20.
The fin/rudder is probably the easiest part.
Re the nose: I went back and checked some photos again, and again I didn't see an issue. If I do a 1/48 conversion I will use the B-nose; even if I believed otherwise, I have nothing to go on. The A-20/DB-7 progression was basically going to higher HP via bigger engines, which then drove the greater fin/rudder authority needed to deal with it.
Why would Douglas or a user be incentivized to play around with the nose just to change the shape? Other than a bizarre need to interrupt production.
Average Modeler and Builder of legacy kits Beyond the Pale. Proud builder of 3' "shelf" models for over half a century; 4' for Spits.
Hi Jo - I agree, ostansibly the 2 transparencies look similar - but the DB-7 nose is shorter - though the transparency is marginally longer (Im talking an inch or 2). The bomb aimers optically flat panel on the DB-7 is an oval, while the B has a sort of rectanglar panel with the top corners cut off.
So it is different - but I agree that you'd need to look for it on a 1/72nd scale model.
The DB-7 and its use by France has always fascinated me. Did you know that the Vichy French used them to bomb Gibralter as retaliation for the RN sinking the French fleet at Oran?
They are part of a small family of aircraft that have the dubious distinction of fighting on both sides, along with the P-36, Hurricane, Martin 167(Maryland) and a couple of others
This message has been edited by JonnersKT from IP address 126.96.36.199 on May 27, 2012 9:34 AM
Years ago, at The Plastic Surgeon in Santa Rosa, CA, I bought a set of resin replacement cowls for early A-20s. I think it was from a truly local, garage manufacturer, and the bag they came in has no instructions or labels. But they are really nice, and replicaye the oval cooling slots quite well.
Holding on to mine so I can do an A-20A, but maybe post this description on Plane Trading, and another Northern California modeler might dig out a pair he is willing to part with.
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