The Douglas P-70 was the United States first radar carrying night fighter, adapted from its highly successful A-20/Boston light bomber. It was not successful in operations but was valuable in as a trainer.
Development of the P-70 began in 1940 as a minimal conversion of the A-20.
The bomb racks and defensive armament were removed and a radar set and gun rack of four 20mm cannon added.
Later versions were more advanced and in all about 280 P-70s were made.
A few squadrons operated P-70s in the Pacific but they were too slow to make effective night interceptions and only two kills were scored.
In other theatres of war the P-70s were replaced before their squadrons began operations.
The most important contribution the P-70s made to the war effort was as trainers and most Northrop P-61 crews gained their early experience flying with P-70s
This model represents an early P-70
Revell 1:72 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in March 2005.