In 1940, with Europe already at war, the U.S. Army knew that it was essential
to begin preparation for the very real possibility that the United States of
America would soon become involved. As part of this thinking the U.S. Army had
already begun evaluation of the Cessna T-50 as an "off-the-shelf"
twin-engine trainer, which would prove suitable for the transition of a pilot
qualified on single-engine aircraft to a twin-engine aircraft and its very
different handling techniques. Procured as the "AT-8", Cessna's T-50
was ordered in large numbers.
more specific transition to a 'high-performance' twin-engine bomber, it was
considered that something less stable and a little 'hotter' was required.
Curtiss-Wright has already anticipated this requirement and designed the Curtiss-Wright
CW-25, a twin-engine trainer, which possessed the takeoff and landing
characteristics of a light bomber aircraft.
The CW-25 was of a low-wing cantilever monoplane configuration, provided with
retractable landing gear and powered by two Lycoming R-680-9 radial engines. The
single prototype acquired for evaluation has a steel-tube fuselage with the
wings, fuselage, and tailplanes fabric-covered.
Evaluation proving satisfactory, the type was ordered into production under
the designation "AT-9. Named the "Fledgling" by Curtiss-Wright.
It took on the more common name "Jeep" in the USAAF. The production
examples differed from the prototype in being of an all-metal
A total of 491 AT-9 were constructed, with a further 300 four-seat AT-9As
built before production was ceased in 1943.
|| 40 ft. 4 in.
|| 31 ft. 8 in.
|| 9 ft. 10 in.
|| 6,062 lb. loaded
|| Two Lycoming R-680-9s
of 295 hp. each
|| 197 mph.
|| 173 mph.
|| 750 miles
|| 19,000 ft.
Pavla's 1/72 Scale Curtiss Jeep
cockpit is quite complete with an Eduard photoetched fret included. The
only aspect requiring improvement is sidewall detail, which was sparse
even in the real aircraft.
I made templates of the outside side door and marked off the openings
on the interior using the template and a .005 tech pen and India ink. I
also scratch-built two carryall bags for each door using the kit's
instructions as a reference.
The basic interior color was Interior Green. Control wheels, consoles,
and plaques were finished in black. The seats were painted leather and the
harnesses painted dirty white, with the buckles lightly sanded to clean
the paint and show the metal. The interior needs a good deal of sanding
and fitting before committing to glue, but the plastic sands easily and I
had the preparation finished in less than an hour.
The completd cockpit is spectacular.
engines and propeller blades are supplied in resin and well done.
The blades were cleaned up and cemented to the injected molded
spindles. The propeller blades were painted black with the spindles
painted chrome silver. Be prepared to get your motor-tool out to cut away
some of the interior of the engine cowlings so that the resin engines will
fit properly. Another option would be to simply sand the outside of the
resin engine cylinders, but I didn't want to remove all that beautiful
The engines were painted "engine gray" with the cylinders
brushed in oxidized aluminum and the pushrods painted black.
I scratch-built the exhaust collector ring from non-flux solder. It was
painted Gunze Burnt Iron. Exhaust stub cemented in the final assembly were
also non-flux solder painted burnt iron.
exterior was straightforward. The only extra work required were additional
Waldron punched disks of Bare-metal foil and the drops of Krystal Klear
done to represent the wing and fuselage navigation and formation
All photoetched pieces (steps, aileron control rods, and antenna) were
cleaned and set aside until final assembly. I had to replace the antenna,
as the kit's photoetched piece would never hold well enough for my
invisible thread aerial wiring. I replaced it with .025 copper wire.
The vacuform canopy fitted very well. I only had a small step at the
rear and a minor filling on the starboard front. Very nice overall.
model was primed in AeroMaster Neutral Gray, which is the undersurface
color for my chosen camouflage scheme. After five straight natural metal
models, I was ready for a change!
The undersurface was masked and the uppersurfaces painted AeroMaster
Olive Drab. After two coats of FUTURE, the model was ready for decals.
Kit decals were used with exception of the National Insignia, which
came from SuperScale's sheet number 72-17. The kit's insignia are the
correct size and opaque enough, but the blue is too dark.
After cleaning, applying ink washes, and a cover coat FUTURE, the model
was given a finish coat of clear flat to complete this project.
I would like to thank Jerry
Campbell and the crew at
Squadron Mail Order for the opportunity to
built this kit.
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