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1/48 Warplanes
Carousel 1 United States

Type Fighter
Carousel 1 item no. 6122
Production run Unlimited

Photographs Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
P-36C Hawk, Major Willis Taylor, 27th Fighter Squadron CO, Cleveland National Air Races, 1939
In all probability, Carousel 1 is, or more appropriately, was the finest model maker in the affordable-diecast category (two-digit prices vs. three). In my most humble opinion, they beat even Hobby Master in quality and value. As an example of the value difference, the Hobby Master P-47D shown in some of these views weighs 480 grams, while the much less massive Carousel 1 P-36C weighs 420 grams; this means the P-36C is almost all metal, the only detectable plasticity being the canopy, engine, and rubber tires, whereas the Hobby Master model uses large amounts of plastic. Both models have beautiful contours, with accurate plane forms and fuselage cross sections. However, the P-47D has the look and feel of being an assembled kit, while the P-36C does not. In addition, the paint texture of the P-47D is less realistic; the P-36C paint is flat and evenly applied, giving a more realistic look. Having said this, there is no doubt that by today's standards, which allow for more plastic in the cowling, wings, and empennage, the P-47D is a magnificent model. But when measured by an older standard of solidity, the heavier P-36C diecast design must win out.

According to the blurb included with this P-36C model, the water-based camo was applied by the maintenance crews of the squadron's eighteen planes on Major Taylor's orders. Each plane in the squadron had a different pattern, the patterns being designed by the crew chiefs. The paint schemes were a sensation at the 1939 Cleveland air races.


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