In conjunction with the Typhoon (previous post), I have been working on painting a desert A-20 Havoc.
The camouflage and markings are what I once heard called reverse lend-lease. When the US got into the war we took back a few of the A-20s we gave to the British.
The camo starts with the standard British Euro bomber colors. This is in contrast to the normal British desert colors used on the Typhoon in the previous post. Instead of Middle Stone / Dark Earth / Azure used on the desert aircraft, the initial colors are Dark Green / Dark Earth / Medium Sea Gray.
When the US took back the A-20s for use in the desert they quickly applied their markings and did a hurry-up camo job to get it desert ready.
The decals from FCM (48051) represent the British marking with US stars and serial numbers painted over the British roundels. The US then oversprayed the whole aircraft with desert sand including parts of the roundels. The markings represent the markings on the old Revell 1/72 A-20 and I have been waiting to do this in 1/48 for a long time. I’m glad FCM created the decals as I was prepared to roll my own and I have even had a jar of desert pink on hand that was never opened until now.
I spent a couple of hours this afternoon overspraying the A-20. After it dries we will be onto a coat of future and weathering.