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#AA-2026   1/72 scale  Rockwell International XFV-12A  Naval VTOL fighter on alternative AV-8A

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

30 resin parts

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Vac-formed canopy & Decal

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Span 120 mm

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Length 185 mm

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Unit price: US$45

Shipping charge: US$4.50@

Each model kit contents one set of canopy and one sheet of decal. Extra accessories of the canopy and decal can be side-order.

Extra decal

US$0.3

Extra canopy

US$0.8

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1972, the U.S. Navy issued a request for the proposals of the next generation V/STOL close-support fighter on alternate the McDonnell-Douglas AV-8A. It was requested with supersonic speed capability, and enables to operate from small ships. Rockwell International responded with the "thrust-augmented wing" design. This concept led to Navys interest and was fully funded for the development with one mockup and one prototype, designated XFV-12A. It was used a modified 30,000lb thrust engine to run ducted air from engine sides to the tilting ejector flap in the canard and main wings. The flap could rotate in pointing vertical for take off / landing. The first hover-rig test was taken in 1978 but the result of the vertical flight mode was not successful as the exhaust thrust was less than expected. Due to the cost over-run, and no improvement was found for the years, Navy decided to cancel the project in 1981.

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Experimental close-support VTOL fighter

To demonstrate thrust-augment VTOL configuration

28ft.6in.

43ft.10in.

10ft.5in.

1x Pratt & Whitney F401-PW-400 augmented turbofan

Mach 2.4 (dash speed)

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1x 20mm M61 cannon / 2x AIM-7 missile

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Model References

The Rockwell International XFV-12A is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S. Tri-services V/STOL experimental aircarft

McDonnell XV-1 (XH-35) Convertiplane

Sikorsky XV-2 (XH-36)

Bell XV-3 (XH-33) Convertiplane

Lockheed XV-4A Hummingbird

Ryan XV-5A Vertifan

Hawker Siddeley XV-6A Kestrel

De Havilland CV-7 Buffalo

McDonnell Douglas/British Aerospace AV-8A Harrier

Hughes XV-9A Hot Cycle

Rockwell International OV-10A Bronco

M.S.U. XV-11 Marvel

Rockwell International XFV-12A

Bell XV-14A (redesignated to XV-15A)

Bell XV-15A Tiltrotor

McDonnell Douglas/Hawker Siddeley XV-16 Super Harrier

DeHavilland UV-18A Twin Otter

NavAir V-19A (cancelled)

Pilatus UV-20A Chiricahua

U.S. Navy's PV-21 Patrol Airship concept (cancelled)

Bell V-22 Osprey

Skytrader UV-23A

Post war U.S. Navy fighter

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Post war U.S. experimental aircraft