**** DONE: 1/48 Curtiss A-8 Shrike – From WW1 to WW2 GB

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  1. T Bolt

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    #1 T Bolt, Nov 1, 2012
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    User Name: T Bolt
    Name: Glenn
    Category: 1, Advanced
    Kit: Czeck Model Curtiss A-8 Shrike
    Scale: 1/48th.
    Accessories: Kit supplied resin and scratch built guns made from hypodermic needles

    My first and possible only entry in this group build is the first purpose built attack aircraft of The United States Army Air Corps.

    Since I was in grade school seeing it in Lloyd S Jones’ U.S. Fighters I have been fascinated with another Curtiss aircraft from the same time period, the P-31 Swift. The Swift looks very similar to the Shrike(from which it was developed) but was a failure being surpassed in all ways by the P-26. There never has been(and probably never will be) a 1/48th scale Swift, so when Czech Model came out with an A-8 Shrike a number of years ago I knew I had to have one. It’s taken me some time but I finally laid my hands on one a month ago.

    The Shrike was the first of the “Modern” all metal low wing monoplanes having won the 1929 competition for attack aircraft. It had such advanced features as “Leading Edge Slats” and “Trailing Edge Flaps”. This at a time when the most advanced fighters in the Air Corps inventory were still biplanes with fabric covered wings and the Boeing P-26 Peashooter was not even on the drawing board yet.

    There were 13 service test YA-8’s built after the prototype(why the Air Corps obsession with 13 as in the 13 service test YB-17’s?). These eventually were re-designated A-8 and were the only ones built, but that was not the end of the Shrike design as The A-12 Shrike was a radial engine version of the same basic airframe. The name “Shrike” would also be used later by Curtiss, first as a twin engine A-18 Shrike II of 1935 and then the A-25 Shrike which was the Air Corps version of the SB2C Helldiver.

    Picture 1 ) The sporty little Curtiss XP-31
    Pictures 2-5 ) The A-8 Shrike in the paint scheme I’ll be using, olive drab fuselage and yellow wings and tail.
    Picture 5 ) A close up of the Shrike’s nose with aircrew in the flying clothes of the era
    Picture 6 ) The box
    Pictures 7-8 ) Profile from Wings Palette
     

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    Glen, this will be a nice, not often seen build. Good one and great to see you back in a GB.
     
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    Never ever seen the top one before! Cool choice Glenn! :thumbright:
     
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    Very unusual, (and very cool), aircraft!
    Great choice!
     
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    Very cool! BTW, can anyone name one of the flyers in the photo?
     
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    The caption said they were pilots at Wright Field in 1932 and listed their names, but none were familiar to me. I'll give someone else time to guess before I list them.
     
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    Wow, its definatley a cool unusual bird :D can't wait to see this one :)
     
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    Very interesting and unusual looking machine Glenn, glad to have you back in the builds and will watch this one with interest.
     
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    Really like that Glenn, bit like an early Fairey Firefly... great choice!
     
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    I have never seen that plane. Fantastic looking machine.
     
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    ugly critter, cool choice though
     
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    K, my guess is Tom, Dick, Harry and Sally.
     
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    What a great choice!
     
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    Thoes pilots are from left to right Capts. Vic Strahm and Reuben Moffat, Lieuts. Pete Hill and Irvin Woodring.
     
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    Very nice subject! This will be a cool build.
     
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    Look forward to you getting into it Glenn!
     
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    like the look of this one Glenn
     
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    Interesting aircraft looking forward to this build Glen.
     
  19. T Bolt

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    I washed up all the parts and took some pictures so here's what came in the box. The injected parts look pretty good, but there are some windows that are depicted as just outlines that will have to be opened up and filled with clear plastic sheet. A two piece vacuformed canopy (with spare) .... and lots of resin!
     

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    A very cool yet bizarre looking aircraft Glenn.

    Geo
     
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