1/72 scale Columbia XJL-1 - Amphibian to replace the J2F Duck

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#AA-2134   1/72 scale  Columbia XJL-1  Amphibian to replace the J2F Duck

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

28 resin parts

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Clear resin canopy & Decal

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Span 148 mm

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Length 137 mm

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Unit price: US$78

Shipping charge: US$12

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

Extra decal

US$0.50

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Aircraft History and Specification

In June 1939, Grumman intended to update their J2F Duck biplane to an all-metal monoplane as a replacement for the United States Navy. The aircraft was assigned the G-42. However due to increased production pressures for other Grumman fighter aircraft, the project of prototype and test was turned over to the Columbia Aircraft Company which was already under a production contract for J2F-6 Ducks. Three prototypes, XJL-1 were finished in 1946 and accepted by the Navy 1n October 1947. One was used for destructive strength testing and two for flight. The aircraft did not live up to the expectations of the Navy with repeated structural failures of various parts reported during testing. Testing was abandoned in 1948 and the aircraft were stricken from the Navy's inventory in 1949.

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Amphibian prototype

Intended as a replacement for the Grumman J2F Duck amphibious bi-plane

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45ft.11in.

16ft.

1x Wright R-1820-56 radial engine

119 mph

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6 passengers

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