Anigrand #AA2106 1/72 Grumman XP-50

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Kit #AA2106. 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 plate.

This twin-engined 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.

Flight 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.

However, 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 II.

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