Saturday was the official start of the North Africa Groupbuild on Reddit! I like to do at least one groupbuild a year as it provides some interesting community involvement and often pushes me to do subjects that I would not normally do.
This groupbuild in particular had me thinking of all sorts of options. I have been itching to do the Hasegawa 1/72 Marauder and Eduard just released the kit with some of their own goodies in a limited edition “Wine Women & Song” boxing. I had to buy one. But, the implicit theme of the groupebuild is to build something in a livery that is unusual. Yeah, there were a few Royal Marauders in desert camo, but they were earlier models that can’t be built with the Hasegawa kit. In any event, I really wanted to do something American that I had not done -and- something that wasn’t just olive drab over neutral gray.
I ultimately decided on the A-20 Havoc as plenty were used in the Operation Torch time frame, and some of them had marvelous schemes of sand applied haphazard over OD over Neutral Gray. The odd schemes coupled with the many weathering options for the desert sand and heat make an interesting and challenging build.
I bought the 1/72 MPM A-20 Havoc “MTO” kit as well as the oldish 1/48 AMT/ERTL Havoc. After looking at both kits, and considering that I am behind on several very ambitious commission builds with due dates from October 3 to Christmas, I opted on the smaller of the two. As the AMT kit is the only Havoc currently available in 1/48, and as many of those kits exist (also reboxed by Italeri and Revell) I think I relegated the larger kit to an “unvarnished“review.
Even though Saturday was the official start, I have to admit that I jumped the gun and began building a few days earlier. Did I mention I am behind on some commission builds and time is of the essence?
Here are my notes:
4 – 12 August, 2020
It’s about time to put down some color and detail/weather the cockpit. This time next week I hope to have the fuselage closed up and all of the seams/panel lines taken care of and the thing ready for primer.
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