Kit Previews
December 20, 2015

Hangar 47 takes a look in the box with previews of the newly tooled Airfix Beaufighter TF.X, the Northrop N-9 MA by Sword, the North American Rockwell T-2C Buckeye by Wolfpack,  the Avro Canada C-102 Jetliner by F-RSIN, the Nakajima B5N "Kate" by Mania, and the Macchi Castoldi MC 72 by Delta 2....

The TF.X was was the most numerous variant of the long range, twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter, wreaking havoc on Axis shipping as a torpedo bomber in the North Sea, the Mediterranean and the Far East, both offensively and as fighter protection for Allied convoys.  When armed with rockets in lieu of a torpedo, it was equally lethal as a ground attack platform.  Airfix' newly tooled "Torbeau" features meticulously engraved panel lines, detailed cockpit, an option for torpedo or rocket armament, separately mounted control surfaces, and optional position landing gear.

First flown in January 1942, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Northrop's N-9 MA was the next logical progression in flying wing research aircraft that began with the Northrop N-1M and subsequently culminated in the XB-35 and XB-49 flying wing bombers.  Built mainly of wood, it was a manifestation of Jack Northrop's burning passion to develop a practical flying wing aircraft, and developed flight test data that helped create the
XB-49, and four decades later, the B-2 Stealth bomber.  Sword's N-9 MA features engraved panel lines and a vacuform canopy. 

The North American Rockwell T-2C Buckeye was the most numerous variant of a U.S. Navy trainer designed to meet a 1956 specification issued by the Bureau of Aeronautics.  Entering service in 1959, the T-2 remained the Navy's primary intermediate to advanced trainer for nearly fifty years before its retirement in 2008.  Incorporating the control system of the T-28 Trojan, modified with hydraulic boost, and the wings of the FJ-1 Fury, the T-2 was a known commodity to the Navy before it rolled off the assembly line.  Wolfpack's kit features engraved panel lines, detailed cockpit, landing gear, and wheel wells, and optional position canopy and landing gear.

The Canadian Avro Jetliner first flew on August 10, 1949 - over eight years before the Boeing 707, and was the first jetliner produced in North America.  With a crusing speed of 450 mph, it was 125 miles per hour faster than its American contemporary, the propeller-driven Douglas DC-6, and set new performance records for passenger aircraft.  Despite the quantum leap in technology this revolutionary aircraft represented, and the intervention of Howard Hughes, the Canadian government ordered production shut down just as it was poised to gear up in December 1951, in favor of the Avro CF-100 jet fighter.  F-RSIN's kit consists of just a dozen parts and features engraved panel lines and detailed jet engines.

The Nakajima B5N carrier attack bomber (Allied code name "Kate") first flew in January 1937.  It was designed in response to a 1935 Imperial Japanese Navy specification for a single engine monoplane attack aircraft able to keep pace with the premiere Japanese shipboard fighter of the day, the Mitsubishi A5M.  The B5N proved its effectiveness during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and took part in nearly every major naval engagement of the Pacific War, before being withdrawn from front line service after the June 1944 Battle of the Phillipine Sea.  First released by Mania in the 1970's, this kit features two complete B5N Kate aircraft, with engraved panel lines, detailed cockpits and optional torpedo or bomb armament.  It it still available under the Hasegawa label today. 

On October 23, 1934 , the Macchi Castoldi MC 72 set a world speed record for a piston-powered seaplane of 440 mph -- a record that holds to this day.  Designed specifically to beat the British Supermarine S.6B in the 1931 Schneider's Cup seaplane races, the MC 72 featured a new, high powered Fiat engine that delivered great speed but had a tendency to catch fire and explode, a problem that forced  the Italians to withdraw from the
1931 race.  Undeterred, Macchi continued to perfect the engine with the backing of the Regia Aeronautica, and the MC 72 set a new world's record within three years.  Delta 2's Macchi Castoldi features engraved panel lines and a pilot figure. 

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