Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Douglas A-20G Havoc
43-9407 "Green Hornet", 675 BS, 417 BG
New Guinea, 1944
Production Limited 600 Pieces
May 2014 Release
In March 1943 the 417th Bombardment Group (Light) was constituted and activated. The Group trained on the Douglas A-20 Havoc in December 1943 and January 1944 before shipping out to the South Pacific and was assigned to the 5th Air Force. In March 1944 the Group began supporting ground forces on New Guinea. Missions included striking at enemy troops, supply depots, airfields and shipping. From September 1944 (until they relocated in the Philippines in December) they carried out these operations from Saidor, New Guinea against other islands in the chain.
Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-9407 was named “Green Hornet” and was assigned to the 675th Bomber Squadron (BS) in New Guinea during 1944/45. The aircraft was piloted by Lt. J Pryor which crash landed and was written off in 1945.
This is sixth A-20 produced by Hobby Master and the first one joining my collection. I particulary like the colourful "Green Hornet" nose art on this release.
Although the exhaust pots are provided (seen attached to the two included sprue trees) they are not required for this release, as this A-20 is a -25 model (lack of exhaust pots can be seen on photo below).
The paint quality was good on my copy and all the parts fit together well with no quality control issues to report.
Overall a fine representation of the Havoc and one I can heartily recommend.
Looking forward the tooling being modified one day to enable a future RCAF Boston III.