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Unusual Markings of the P-36A

As you have probably guessed, the paint was not temporary by any means. "Everything from Brillo pads to lacquer thinner and solvents were used to remove the markings. After this experience, this type of marking was never used again. For 1940 and '41, simple colored crosses were painted on the fuselage."

This model depicts only one of the many paint schemes used. From the photos in the article (taken during the exercise), it appears every aircraft was different but all in pastels.

Both models are OTB 1/72 assemblies intended to document the tragic, yet humorous incident, that caused some US Army aircraft to have some unique and unusual markings.

Ref: Wings Magazine, August 1972 Vol. 2 No. 4, Joe Mizrahi

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About the Author

About Chuck Shanley (CRS)

I've been building kits since about the mid 1950's. I've built all kinds of subjects, but for the past 20 years or so I've seemed to focus mainly on 1/72 Aircraft and Armor. Why 1/72, mainly for space conservation I build alot. I build primarily for my own enjoyment, and Armorama has helped to en...


Nice article. I have a 1/4 scale P-36 that I was going to do in Finnish marking (already have the decals!) but now I'll have to rethink that... or buy another kit.... hummmmmm.......
AUG 07, 2003 - 06:18 AM
JimF, Build it Man. I'd love to see the results in that scale. I only included the box art as a tease. Chuck
AUG 07, 2003 - 06:28 AM
Great article....Funny I was just re-reading an article on FLIGHT JOURNAL SUMMER 1996 on the Brewster Buffalo F2A and the different overseas Models....It talks about the Finnish Air Force and even has some photos taken from Squadron /Signal Publications: F2A Buffalo in Action #81. Hopes this helps anyone contemplating building Finnish aircraft. Semper Fi
AUG 26, 2003 - 04:33 AM
:-) Nice article, Chuck. I quite fancy a P-36in NMF, but the unusual colours make for an interesting model :-) What colours did you use? Mal
AUG 26, 2003 - 08:05 AM
is it true that there existed german "scavenged" (sorry, know no other word for it) p-39 ?
AUG 26, 2003 - 08:16 AM
MadMax - I do seem to remember seeing a photo of one. Many Allied aircraft were captured and test flown by the Luftwaffe. There is a book out there called "Allied Aircraft in (something don't remember what) Markings" that show P-47's, B-17's, P-38's and other all in Luftwaffe Markings. Check out this site, No P-39 on the list but many others LINK UPDATE go to LINK you'll find your P-39 there
AUG 26, 2003 - 08:38 AM
Hi MadMax I haven't got any reference to a captured P-39, but I'd be pretty sure the Luftwaffe managed to salvage one, because the USAAF and Soviets used them extensively... Whether, the German technicians made it flyable is another matter, but you can be sure Luftwaffe pilots were pretty clear about the capabilities of the aircraft they faced... All the best Rowan
AUG 26, 2003 - 08:42 AM