1⁄35Unusual Markings of the P-36A
|The profile gave a
great history of the aircraft covering its development and use by the Army
Air Force in the 1930's and early 40's. I thought the paint schemes
of that era were interesting and colorful so I built the standard Army
version as depicted on the box cover art. This aircraft was also
shown in the profile deployed with Army Air Force units.
As a side article to the profile, the magazine went on to document an
unusual story about the markings used for this aircraft. According
to the story, it seems "During a war exercise in 1939 at Ft. Bragg
N.C., a squadron of Army P-36's was chosen for the aggressor force.
To ensure their identification as aggressor aircraft, they were to be
given unique markings. Not wishing to duplicate any other nations
markings, the squadron commanders used the opportunity to choose their own
markings, as long as they were different than standard service markings.
For some reason, lack of availability or time constrains, the paint for
the markings was purchased locally from house painters. Assurances
were made that the paint could be removed with water or solvents at a
later date. With the confidence that the markings were only
temporary, the ground crews went to work with a free hand."
The markings did turn out to be unique, as I'm sure you will
agree. The planes wound up looking like a herd of pinto
ponies. One that I thought was interesting I chose as my subject.
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