Republic XP-72                

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Republic XP-72

Scale 1:32
Author: Will Aldridge
File Size: 62.0Mb
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Experimental high speed interceptor
Republic XP-72
Model contains three variants:
1. Four bladed propeller
2. Contra-rotating propeller
3. Fictional Texas ANG plane

Price $12.00

Model # 082

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Technical data:
  Length 11.15m    
  Span 12.47m    
  Engine 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360-13 radial; 3,000hp
  Max Speed 789km/h    
  Armament 6 x 12.7mm; 2 x 476kg bombs
  Crew 1    
     The Republic XP-72 was an American prototype interceptor fighter developed as a progression of the P-47 Thunderbolt design. The XP-72 was designed around the Pratt & Whitney R-4360 twenty-eight-cylinder air-cooled radial engine with a supercharger mounted behind the pilot and driven by an extension shaft from the engine. The armament consisted of six 0.5 in wing mounted machine guns and under-wing racks for two 1,000 lb bombs. The XP-72 development paralleled that of another Republic design, the XP-69. As the XP-72 displayed greater promise than the XP-69, the XP-69 was canceled on 11 May 1943 and an order for two XP-72 prototypes was placed on 18 June 1943.
     Operational history:
The XP-72 flew for the first time on 2 February 1944, equipped with a four-bladed propeller. The second prototype was completed on 26 June 1944 and was equipped with an Aero-Products contra-rotating propeller. As the XP-72 displayed exceptional performance during flight tests, an order for 100 production aircraft was awarded. The order included an alternate armament configuration of four 37 mm cannon. By this time the war had progressed to where the need was for long-range escort fighters and not high-speed interceptors. Also, the advent of the new turbojet-powered interceptors showed greater promise for the interceptor role. Thus, the production order for the
P-72 was cancelled. - Wikipedia

Model built and photographed by Ron Spencer. Offered model varies slightly from the one shown as the final offer incorporated some required corrections.

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