The Curtiss P-36 Hawk, the firm’s Model 75, was an American-designed and built fighter aircraft of the mid-1930s. Two variants, the P-36A and C, were produced in 1938-39 for the US Army Air Corps, with the production totalling 210 aircraft (last 30 a/c were completed as P-36Cs).
It was a single-seat, all-metal low-wing monoplane with fabric-covered control surfaces. It had a retractable undercarriage with the main landing gear rotated 90° to fold flat into the wing. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp two-row radial engine, it was fitted with Curtiss Electric propeller. The P-36A’s armament consisted of two machine guns in the nose, while the P-36C had an additional gun mounted in each wing and was fitted with external ammunition boxes under the wings.
The P-36 saw little combat with the US Army Air Forces during World War II, although a few managed to fight against the attacking Japanese invaders over Pearl Harbor.
Colour schemes included in the kit:
1) Curtiss P-36A Hawk, 48 15P, Black 86, 46th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, USAAC, Wheeler Field, Oahu, Hawaii, December 1941
2) Curtiss P-36A Hawk, PT 96, 55th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group, USAAC, Barksdale Field, Louisiana, 1940
3) Curtiss P-36A Hawk, 2 15P, 47th Pursuit Squadron, 15th Pursuit Group, USAAC, Haleiwa Fighter Strip, Oahu, Hawaii, December 1941
4) Curtiss P-36C Hawk, Black 69 (Class II experimental camouflage scheme), 27th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, USAAC, Selfridge Field, Michigan, during National Air Races, Cleveland Airport, Ohio, September 1939