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
For Information:
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.

 
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  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

  Items Included
  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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