Model Plane Kits
The Basic Kit contains laser die-cut balsa wood, airplane construction scale plan, SFA (Small Flying Arts) flight-quality rubberband, aviation epoxy, and custom-made clear vinyl canopy, all engineered to be lightweight to increase flight time. Use an Exacto knife, some clothespins, and dressmaking pins to build your masterpiece. You can choose to decorate it yourself by following the suggestions that come with the plan, or treat yourself with the Deluxe Kit.
The Deluxe Kit includes all of the above plus paint for decoration and colorful, strong yet lightweight tissue for covering the frame. Buy the Accessories Kit to heighten the realism with detailed fuselage and wing decorative elements.
The Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog
This model is based on a classic liaison and observation aircraft. It was the first all metal fixed wing aircraft ordered for and by the the United States Army, since the U.S. Army Air Force separated from the army in 1947, becoming its own branch of service, U.S. Air Force. The Bird Dog had a lengthy career in the U.S. military as well as in other countries.
The L-19 received the name Bird Dog as a result of a contest held with Cessna employees to name the aircraft. The winning entry, submitted by Jack A. Swayze, an industrial photographer, was selected by a U.S. Army board. The name was chosen because the role of the army's new airplane was to find the enemy and orbit overhead until artillery (or attack aircraft) could be brought to bear on the enemy. While flying low and close to the battlefield, the pilot would observe the exploding shells and adjust the fire via his radios, in the manner of a bird dog (Gun dog) used by game hunters.
The North American T-28 Trojan was a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States armed forces in the 1950s and into the early 1980s. The largest single concentration of this aircraft was employed by the U.S. Navy at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Florida in the training of student naval aviators. The last U.S. Navy training squadron to fly the T-28 was VT-27, based at NAS Corpus Cristi, Texas, flying the last T-28 training flight in early 1984. Many T-28s were subsequently sold to private civil operators, and due to their reasonable operating costs are often found flying as warbirds today.
T-28s saw extensive service during the Vietnam War in VNAF hands, as well as the Secret War in Laos. They were also supplied to Congo by the CIA to support Moise Tshombe's regime. France used locally remanufactured T-28s in close-support and patrol roles in Algeria. In the Philippines, T-28s, known locally as "Tora-toras", figured prominently in a series of coup de etats in the 1980s and were employed as dive bombers by rebel military forces. The T-28 Trojan was the first US attack fixed wing aircraft (non-transport type) lost in SOUTH Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Capt. Robert L. Simpson, USAF, Detachment 2A, lst Air Commando Group, and Lt. Hoa, SVNAF, were shot down by ground fire on 28 August 1962 while flying Close Air Support (CAS). Neither crewman survived. The USAF lost 23 T-28s to all causes during the war, with the last two losses occurring in 1968.
Enjoy the complete experience and create a customized plane. The Accessories Kit will be the crowning achievement to complete building the scale-model. Included are materials and decals to add pinstriping, numbers, and insignias. There is even a scale-model pilot figurine that you can keep at the controls when displaying the plane model.
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