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JP Seagull Curtiss P-40N Warhawk Shark Head - SEA250S

Overview

The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first flew in 1938. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in front-line service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter of World War II, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York.

P-40 Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps and after June 1941, USAAF-adopted name for all models, making it the official name in the U.S. for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants.

P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the "shark mouth" logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters.

The P-40's lack of a two-speed supercharger made it inferior to Luftwaffe fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in high-altitude combat and it was rarely used in operations in Northwest Europe. However, between 1941 and 1944, the P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theatres: North Africa, the South-west Pacific, and China. It also had a significant role in the Middle East, South-east Asia, Eastern Europe, Alaska and Italy. The P-40's performance at high altitudes was not as important in those theatres, where it served as an air superiority fighter, bomber escort and fighter-bomber. Although it gained a postwar reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, more recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons indicates that this was not the case: the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses, but also inflicting a very heavy toll on enemy aircraft. Based on war-time victory claims, over 200 Allied fighter pilots from 7 different nations (United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, the United States, and the Soviet Union) became aces flying the P-40, with at least 20 double aces mostly in the North Africa, China-Burma-India, Pacific and Russian Front theatres. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground-attack aircraft long after it was obsolete as a fighter.

Features

  • High quality balsa and balsa plywood, these make light weight construction and with aerofoil section tail surfaces
  • Accurate scale outline and appearance
  • Extremely lightweight, state-of-the-art all-wood construction
  • Plug-in wings make for easy assembly and disassembly, as well as easy transport to and from the flying field
  • Decal factory-installed flat-finish decals seen on real WWII-era P-40 Warhawk aircraft.
  • Highly detailed cockpit and Painted fibreglass cowl, exhaust ports, landing gear pods
  • Flies like a sport aerobatic model
  • Includes durable fixed retract landing gear.
  • Lightweight balsa-and-ply construction
  • High-quality pre-painted fibreglass cowl and belly pan
  • Many scale details including Tiger Shark graphics, hand painted pilot figure, machine guns.
  • The factory-applied Oracover covering trim scheme does more than capture the accurate colours of the original P-40 Warhawk. Its flat finish helps this ARF stay true to the look of a combat-tested fighter.
  • Use the P-40's flaps to climb faster at take-off or to reduce speed and decrease the distance needed for landing.
  • The painted fibreglass cowl recreates the iconic "shark's mouth" design. A scale spinner also comes standard included.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 80 in ( 203.2 cm).
  • Wing area: 1094.3 sq.in ( 70.6 sq.dm).
  • Weight: 15.4 -15.9 lbs ( 7.0-7.2 kg).
  • Length: 63.6 in ( 161.5 cm).
  • Engine: 33-38cc
  • Motor size: Power 160
  • Radio: 6 channels with 10 servos.
  • Electric Power Conversion: Optional.

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Price

£336.99 Each
 

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