|1/72nd Scale Aircraft
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|CMR72-240 Curtiss A-12 Shrike|
|Pratt & Whitney "Hornet"/Wright "Cyclone" Aero Engine|
|["All-Metal" Ground Attack Monoplane]|
| Decals Included|
The Curtiss A-12 Shrike (Model 60) was a ground-attack aircraft designed in the early 1930s for the US Army Air Corpsí service. Based on the firmís earlier type, the A-8, the new model was fitted with a radial engine instead of the A-8ís in-line powerplant and also incorporated some other changes. It was a two-seat all-metal monoplane, with the wing external bracing, and a fixed landing gear. It was originally powered by the Pratt & Whitney Hornet radial and was armed with four 0.30" machine guns mounted in the wheel spats and with a fifth flexible weapon of the same calibre in the rear cockpit. Ten 30lb bombs could be carried internally, or four 300lb bombs externally or one 52-gal drop tank mounted under the fuselage.
The first A-12 Shrikes were delivered in November 1933. In total, 46 aeroplanes were produced and this type remained the USAACís main attack aircraft of the mid-1930s. However, it soon became obsolete and was phased out of frontline service by 1938. It served both in the mainland U.S. and in Hawaii.
Twenty A-12 aircraft, designated the Export Shrike, were sold to China in 1936. Equipped with a more powerful Wright R-1820 engine, they were marginally faster. When the Japanese opened hostilities against China in July 1937, these planes were soon involved in combat, but many were soon lost on operations.
|Colour Schemes Included|
|Curtiss A-12 Shrike '38/7', 8th Attack Squadron, 3rd Attack Group, USArmy Air Corps, Feb. 1935 - 'Winter Manoeuvres'|
|Curtiss A-12 Shrike '17', 13th Attack Squadron, 3rd Attack Group, USArmy Air Corps, 1935|
|Curtiss A-12 Shrike '2608', 26th Squadron, 9th Attack Group, Chinese Air Force, North China, 1936|
|Curtiss A-12 Shrike '2604', 26th Squadron, 9th Attack Group, Chinese Air Force, North China, 1937|
|Curtiss A-12 Shrike '144', 26th Attack Squadron, 18th Pursuit Group, US Army Air Corps, Hawaii, 1937|
| Complete Airframe
| Cockpit Transparencies - Rear Cockpit can be displayed 'Open' or 'Closed'
| Detailed Cockpit Interior
| Optional? Skis for Main Undercarriage
| Assembly and Painting Instructions
| Decal Set
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