ACE-72301 1/72 AM-1 Martin Mauler (early) Torpedo Bomber model kit
In the 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. 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 first prototype flew in August 1944, with a production order for 750 BTM-1s following in January 1945. The designation was changed to AM-1 and the aircraft was given the name the Mauler. Only 149 Maulers were completed before production ceased in October 1949, and most of these were passed the Navy Reserve squadrons.
Ace 1/72 AM-1 Martin Mauler (early) Torpedo Bomber model kit. Pic.1
Ace 1/72 AM-1 Martin Mauler (early) Torpedo Bomber model kit. Pic.2