Kit #AA2009. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In mid-1980's, U.S. Navy advanced the ATA (Advanced Tactical Aircraft) program as a replacement for the A-6 Intruder. The key improvement sought over the existing aircraft was stealth ability. In 1988, General Dynamics/McDonnell Douglas were selected to develop the A-12 Avenger II, a subsonic twin jet carrier-based ATA for attack at night and in bad weather. The principal program office was set up at General Dynamics, and McDonnell Douglas responded for the project design. The first prototype was expected to be complete in 1990. After three years of work, the A-12 contractors revealed serious engineering problems and budget over-runs, which caused the first flight delay. In 1991, Secretary of Defense terminated the A-12 contract after the prototype completion failure. In 1993, the Forth Worth Aviation Heritage Association launched the A-12 restoration program. General Dynamic provided the A-12 engineering hardware for this restoration. The full-scale mock-up was finally completed and displayed publicly in the museum at Alliance Airport, Forth Worth, Texas. Nominated by Fine Scale Modeler's editors as
"2003 Kit of the Year". "Interesting subject, large resin parts well-cast, openable weapons bays. It sure looks unusual parked next to Tomcats and Hornet" - Davis P. Anderson, Fine Scale Modeler , November 2003.