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Kitty Hawk Aircraft 1/48 FJ2 Fury Fighter Kit

Kitty Hawk Aircraft 1/48 FJ2 Fury Fighter Kit

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KTY-80155
$55.99 $69.99

Not long after World War II, North American Aviation (NAA) jumped into the turbine-powered fighter world with the Model 135 developed for the U.S. Navy. At the time, the U.S. Air Force was fielding its own turbine-powered fighter with Lockheed's P-80 Shooting Star. NAA had a head-start on Grumman and their F9F Panther series, but the Model 135 which the Navy designated as the FJ-1 Fury was found to be underwhelming in performance. In parallel, NAA was developing a variant of the FJ-1 to the USAAF as the XP-86 Sabre. The Navy and USAAF both found their initial designs inadequate and NAA was given access to captured Messerschmitt Me 262 engineering data which introduced swept wing and aerodynamically activated leading edge slats (among other things). The resulting F-86A for the USAF and the FJ-2 for the Navy featured improved performance for both aircraft. While the FJ-2 was still ahead of its Grumman competitor at the time, the Navy still required additional changes which included a raised cockpit, revised horizontal stabilizer and landing gear, and even then, the aircraft was still not ready for carrier operations. The Navy gave the FJ-2 to the U.S. Marines and looked to the FJ-3 to address the type's carrier requirements. By this time, the production of the FJ-2 was slowed as NAA was directed to focus its production efforts on the F-86 during the Korean war.

Features:
  • Nicely detailed cockpit and ejection seat with photo-etched restraints
  • Positionable canopy
  • Detailed port and starboard gun bays
  • Positionable gun bay access panels
  • Four fuselage-mounted ammo cans can be posed separately or installed
  • Ammo bay doors are positionable
  • Wings can be posed flight-ready or folded
  • Wing slats are posed open
  • Positionable trailing edge flaps
  • Positionable rudders
  • Positionable speed brakes
  • Positionable tail hook
  • Choice of engine bay cooling scoops
  • Detailed engine visible down intake and up exhaust duct
  • Optional pilot and plane captain figures

External store options include:

  • 2 x external fuel tanks

Markings are included for five options:

  • FJ-2, 132000, VMF-122, LC/318, USMC
  • FJ-2, 130257, VMF-312, WR/5, USMC
  • FJ-2, 131987, VMF-451, AM/12, USMC
  • FJ-2, 132055, VMF-334, MX/13, USMC
  • FJ-2, 131975, VMF-235, WU/22, USMC

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