ACE-72302 1/72 AM-1 Martin Mauler (late) Torpedo Bomber model kit
In 1943 the US Navy began to plan for a new type of attack aircraft, one that would combine the roles of the scout and torpedo bombers (such as the Curtiss Helldiver and Grumman Avenger). These plans drew on the experience of two years of active carrier operations and would reflect the changing demands of naval air power. The emphasis was to be on load-carrying capability and performance, using a single-seat airframe designed around the most powerful engine then available. The offensive load was to be placed on external hardpoints (instead of internal weapon bays), which would save in both airframe weight and complexity. The first prototype flew in August 1944. The designation was changed to AM-1 and the aircraft was given the name the Mauler.
Ace 1/72 AM-1 Martin Mauler (late) Torpedo Bomber model kit. Pic.1
Ace 1/72 AM-1 Martin Mauler (late) Torpedo Bomber model kit. Pic.2