Kit #AA2076. 1/72 scale. This is
a highly-detailed resin kit of the Curtiss
XP-62, complete with decals. In January 1941, the USAAC issued a
requirement for a new heavily-armed, high-performance and high-altitude
interceptor fighter to be powered by the under-developed 2,300 hp Wright R-3350
"Duplex Cyclone" twin-row radial engine. As initially designed, the high-altitude
bomber destroyer had an air-conditioned pressurized cockpit, along with a built-in
armament of no less than eight 20-mm cannon, or an even dozen .50 caliber
Brownings. Designed for a mission that
never evolved – neither Germany nor Japan developed high-altitude, high-speed
strategic bombers – and because the B-29 had absolute priority for the R-3350
Duplex Cyclones, this designed was, in effect, “doomed from the start.” Neither Curtiss nor the Air Corps knew this
in the summer of ’41.
In June of ’41, the Army ordered
two Curtiss prototypes under the designation XP-62. A year later, the Army Air
Force placed an order for 100 P-62s, but then – realizing that the engines were
urgently needed in the B-29s, and that there was no mission for a high-altitude
bomber-destroyer – the Army cancelled that order in July. Unable to reveal the
strategic importance of the top-secret B-29, the “official reason” given for
the cancellation was that P-62 production would have interfered with the
production of license-built P-47s.
Limited testing of the XP-62 took
place, beginning in July 1943, but the plane was scrapped in the autumn of 1943.
quantities remain available from Anigrand! ORDER NOW before the XP-62
TAKES OFF into the wild blue yonder!