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Curtiss- A12-Shrike - $8.50

An improvement over the A-8 Shrike to replace the A-3 Falcon Biplane. This model represents a slightly more challenging build than previous models. The scale is 1:32. The excellent tutorial that accompanies it shows the model being built in micro scale.

Curtiss A-12 Shrike

Curtiss A-12 - The aircraft

 

The Model 60 (also called the A-12), was the superlative development the Curtiss A-8. Among the biggest differences, besides a complete redesign of the canopy, is the adoption of a radial engine to replace the heavy and complicated Curtiss Conqueror inline engine of the A-8. The predilection for radial engines by the U.S. military primarily for attack aircraft was justified by the small size (harder to get hit by anti-aircraft fire) and a much simpler cooling system.

 

 

The new version was called the A-12. It had a little more success and the production was slightly larger than the previous version, but it was soon supplanted by other more modern aircraft and a change in the mindset of the USAAC strategists who preferred the attack profile of twin-engine aircraft.

A small batch was sent to the Chinese Nationalists in 1936 and were used in their attack profile. They achieved some success against the Japanese naval aviation forces as fighter vectors, but in its original function as attack aircraft, the Shrike proved slow and vulnerable which caused it to be considered somewhat of a failure. The Koumitang Air Force simply relegated them to training.

 

 

In the U.S. the A-12 was never used in combat, although several of them were stationed at Wheeler Field in Hawaii at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. The last were withdrawn from service in 1942.

Curtiss A-12 Shrike Tutorial and Build Instructions

If you plan to build this model, you might like to follow along with the steps that were taken by Pericles, who does a splendid job of documenting his builds. This particular tutorial includes 80 color pictures with lots of great tips and procedures that are often used by expert paper model builders. Click Here to see the tutorial.