Kit Previews
September 20 , 2015

Hangar 47 takes a look in the box with previews of the Messerschmitt P.1101 by Dragon, Airco's DH 9 by Roden, the Northrop N3-PB by MPM, and the Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 "Yellow Peril" by Karaya....

The Messerschmitt P.1101 was a single seat, variable sweep wing design for a turbojet "emergency" fighter whose first prototype was 80% complete when American forces overran Messerschmitt's Oberrammergau facility in the Bavarian mountains in April 1945.  After losing a tug of war with the
French, who had seized a portion of the engineering data, the Americans shipped the prototype to the U.S. for further study in 1948, using it to develop the Bell X-5 research aircraft.  The P.1101's variable sweep wing technology influenced later military aircraft designs such as the F-111 Aardvark and F-14 Tomcat.  Dragon's P.1101 features engraved panel lines, a detailed cockpit with photo-etch instrument panels, intake trunking with detailed turbojet engine, and experimental Ruhrstahl air-to-air missiles.

Designed to replace the successful DH 4 bomber, Airco's DH 9 entered service on the Western Front in November 1917 with disastrous results.  Larger and slower than the DH 4 with an inferior, underpowered engine, the high casualty rates of its aircrews prompted its withdrawal from front-line service within 9 months.  It was later used with greater success as an air ambulance, liaison and patrol aircraft, performing far better in uncontested airspace.  Roden's DH 9 features stressed fabric over frame effects on its wings and tail, raised stitching detail on the fuselage, and a detailed cockpit and engine.  It also includes all parts to build the bomber version.

The N-3PB (patrol bomber) was the Northrop Corporation's first aircraft, designed specifically for the Royal Norwegian government in 1939 to fulfill a requirement for a coastal patrol plane.  By the time it entered service in 1941, the Nazis had overrun Norway, so the remnants of the Norwegian Air Force,
330 Squadron of the RAF, began operating the type from its base in Reykjavik, Iceland.  330 Squadron flew the type until it acquired larger, more rugged aircraft like the Consolidated PBY in December 1943.  MPM's N-3PB features engraved panel lines, photo-etched details, and a vacuform canopy. 

Designed to fulfill a 1935 U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics requirement for a new naval trainer for carrier pilots, the "Yellow Peril" was a stable, reliable, and forgiving aircraft on which several generations of aspiring naval aviators earned their wings.  Named for its frequent paint scheme of overall canary yellow, and the danger it posed to cadet pilots who feared "washing out," it was often confused with the Stearman, to which it bore a faint resemblance.  But the N3N actually outlasted its older counterpart in U.S. Navy service by 13 years.  Karaya's Yellow Peril is an all-resin kit featuring engraved panel lines and photo-etched details.

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