1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Grumman XP-50, complete with decals.
In 1939, the
US Army Air Corps asked industry to design a twin-engine heavy interceptor
aircraft. Two proposals were accepted
for prototypes construction – the Lockheed
XP-49, a larger and more powerful version of Lockheed’s P-38 design – and the Grumman XP-50, an outgrowth of the XF5F-1 Skyrocket, with better
streamlining, tricycle landing gear, self-sealing fuel tanks and crew armor
single-seat fighter interested Army because of its turbo-supercharged
air-cooled engines, which wouldn’t put demands on short supplies of Allison
inline engines. The XP-50 was 40mph
faster than its carrier-based cousin, and had the potential to be up-engined from
the 1,200 horsepower R-1820 to the more powerful 1,600 horsepower R-2600.
testing began in February, 1941, but sloppy field conditions at the Grumman
plant slowed the pace of initial tests. During one test flight in May the right
engine’s turbo-supercharger exploded and completely disintegrated, and the
plane crashed into Long Island Sound. This ended the program, as only a single
prototype had been ordered.
remaining funds for the XP-50 were applied to an improved design, the XP-65, a
close cousin of the F7F Tigercat. The test data from the XP-50 was used in
designing the Grumman XP-65 – which was
not proceeded with because the Navy had priority on Grumman’s design and
production capabilities. This data was also used in creating the Navy’s F7F
Tigercat, which did go into production, but too late for service in World War