RAAF Boston Mk.III
by Arrigo Babini
RAAF Boston Mk.III
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This is my Douglas DB-7B
Boston III from the AMT/ERTL 1:48 kit.
I bought this kit years ago, and from the beginning I decided to finish it
made in Australian markings. For a long time I was not able to find decent
photographs of a good subject, but I saw an article about 22 Squadron,
RAAF, published in the May 2002 issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling, with a
lot of good pictures.
One of them gave me
inspiration, that’s the one of DU - F in a well weathered earth brown and
dark green scheme, which shows many interesting features of this
particular aircraft, such as replaced wingtips, ailerons and tailplanes.
The 1/48 scale AMT kit
represents an A-20B/C and is accurate enough, with an acceptable fit of
the parts and basically correct interior details (not in the gunner area,
which has been almost entirely scratch built).
The overall construction
isn’t too complicated, even though some filling, sanding and rescribing is
required. However, some corrections and modifications are necessary to
convert it into a DB-7B, mainly in the engine nacelles area.
Exhaust fairings in the
cowlings have been sanded and nacelles drilled to accept the typical
exhausts of the DB-7 (scratch built from a drink straw), and the barrels
of the four Browning (obtained from an Evergreen rod) were added in the
The model was painted with
mixtures of Tamiya gloss acrylics. Decals come from an Aeromaster sheet (MicroSol
and MicroSet were used), but the upper wings and fuselage roundels – such
as the “F” code letters – were painted with adhesive masks.
Panel lines were highlighted
with thinned oil paints, and a coat of Model Master matt clear enamel was
then sprayed overall.
This model wouldn’t have
been built without the help of Dave Edwards, who – kindly answering to my
post on Hyperscale forum – sent me fantastic images of a restored
Australian DB 7, with all the details I needed.
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2003 by Arrigo Babini
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17 March, 2004
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