Collect Aire 1/48 AM Mauler Build Review
By Fotios Rouch
|Date of Review||January 2015||Manufacturer||Collect Aire|
|Subject||Martin AM Mauler||Scale||1/48|
|Kit Number||4853||Primary Media||Resin, Vac|
|Pros||Only kit of this subject in this scale||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||Out of production|
The Martin Mauler never entered WWII due to development delays. It saw service in 1948 and exited in 1953. It was replaced by the Skyraider. The Mauler was a tough aircraft to fly or land on carriers but it was a good dive bomber and carried a large payload.
I chose to do a US Reserve Dallas Texas bird. The kit was OK in outline but it had many issues with the molding. I opted for Skyraider wheels. Added many cockpit details. Robbed the underwing pod from a Helldiver. I did not use any of the soft metal or resin ordnance.
This is one of my few Collect-Aire models that has not been done in 1:48th scale yet!