March 8, 2015
Hangar 47 takes a look in the box with previews of Pro Resin's Short S.C. 1, Tamiya's Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. Mk. I, PM Models' Lippisch P.13a, and Testors XF-92A Dart.....
The Short S.C. 1 was an experimental vertical take-off aircraft developed in the mid to late 1950's, in part through the
private funding and political influence of Rolls Royce Limited. Powered by specially designed vertical lift turbojets, it flew for the first time on April 2, 1957. Despite a fatal 1963 accident which led to a redesign of its autostabilizer, the S.C. 1 proved the feasibility of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology, helping pave the way for the revolutionary Hawker Harrier. Pro Resin's kit is cast in pale yellow resin and consists of 34 parts, and includes photo-etch details and two vacuform canopies.
The Harrier GR. Mk I was developed in the 1960's by Hawker Siddeley Aircraft, and was immediately derived from the P.1127 Kestrel. Entering service with the RAF in April 1969, it was the world's first operational fighter aircraft with vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) capability. This new technology made it ideal for close support of infantry, and it entered service as the AV-8 with the U.S. Marine Corps beginning in 1971. The complexity of handling the Harrier has led both the Marines and the RAF to recruit skilled helicopter pilots to fly it. Tamiya's Harrier GR. Mk. I features raised panel lines, optional position landing gear, a complete Rolls Royce Pegasus powerplant and removable dorsal panel, and a full complement of ordnance.
The Lippisch P.13a was an experimental ramjet-powered delta wing interceptor designed in late 1944 by Dr. Alexander
Lippisch, the famed designer of the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet. Given extensive late-war shortages in Germany, the P.13a was designed to be fueled by coal. Although a specially built combustion apparatus was successfully tested before the end of the war, the Allies overran Germany before development could be completed, and the P.13a never entered service.
However, its delta wing configuration combined with other research materials seized by the Allies after the war had a
profound influence on post-war aircraft development, influencing the XF-92, the F-102 and the F-106. PM Models' P.13a
features engraved panel lines and a towing dolly.
The Convair XF-92 was an experimental research aircraft developed in the late 1940's and intended to test the feasibility of
delta-winged jet aircraft. Based on research data seized from Nazi Germany, and in part the design work leading to the
Lippisch P.13a, it flew for the first time on Sept. 18, 1948. The XF-92A counts Chuck Yeager among its test pilots, with whom
it was not popular due to nose pitch-up problems in flight, and tricky handling upon landing. Nonetheless, the XF-92A
program proved the aerodynamic feasibility of the delta wing design, leading directly to the F-102 and F-106 interceptors.
Testors XF-92 is a re-issue of the old Hawk kit and features raised panel lines and rivet detail with a display stand.