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Old 11-20-2014, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
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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.

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Old 11-20-2014, 03:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice review AC. The A-20 is one of my favorite planes, and I already have 2 A-20s from HM. Would really like to see a Russian example released soon.

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not awkward at all....

Very nice looking model you got AC, great pics!
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It's nice to see a splash of colour on the tail of "Green Hornet". I own HA4201 and the Free French HA4203, but stopped collecting the A20 series, as I found that apart from the markings, the camouflage on these aircraft was identical. Not to say that HM got it wrong, just that it wasn't overly appealing.
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Nice review Dan.

I four A20s including this one. The tooling is a beaut one.

The colour issue is a funny one....and certainly it is a personal taste/subjective issue.

I would suggest that one consideration in HM choosing the G/MKIV/V is because of the efficiency in colour. And whilst I have some sympathy for the criticism I really don't see the problem. My hanger has one RAAF, one RAF and two USAAF, so there is diversity in the nationalities. But I never hear this repetition in colour issue with Lancasters, Vietnam F4s, BoB Spits and Hurricanes etc etc.

At anyrate hopefully an all black A20 should be not to far away.

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Nice! As I live near Paris, I have the HM A20G "La France Libre". I do plan on getting a Boston MKIV with the glazed nose
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Just picked up this one to backfill my collection. As I had miss pam I didn't think this one had a place, but I'm glad I got it. Lovely little model and the blueish color really gives it a nice look. If you can still find one, I highly recommend it.
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