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#AA-2020   1/72 scale  Republic XF-103 Thunderwarrior  Mach 3 superiority fighter project

 

Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

51 resin parts

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Clear-resin canopy & Decal

 

Span 515 mm

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Length 318 mm

 

Unit price: US$58

Shipping charge: US$6.50 

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.3

 

Aircraft History and Specification

In 1949, U.S. Air Force introduced the new "weapons system" concept, in which consisting of the air-to-air guided missiles, fire control system and the "1954 interceptor" capable of supersonic flight. The project was designed to intercept the new Soviet intercontinental bombers. In 1951, Air Force announced that the Convair's YF-102 and the Republic's XF-103 were selected for the airframe part of the project. A Model AP-57 mockup was inspected in 1953. Republic received a contact for 3 prototypes. It was adopted a dual-cycle propulsion system, a turbojet and a ramjet were installed tandem in the aft fuselage. Normal cruise were powered by turbojet. At high speed, the thrust of the turbojet was to be augmented by a ramjet. Due to a lot of development problems, difficulties of titanium fabrication structure, engines delay and cost overruns, Air Force deemed that the XF-103 was no longer a possible operational "1954 interceptor". The program was finally cancelled in 1957.

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High speed Interceptor

To propose to meet "1954 interceptor" requirement by USAF

35ft.10in.

75ft.2in.

18ft.4in.

1x Wright XJ67-W-1 turbojet

1x Wright XRJ55-E-1 ramjet

2600 mph

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6x Hughes GAR-3 Falcon air-to-air missile