|Bell XFL-1 Airabonita
1/72 scale. RS Models
A derivative of the P-39 Airacobra, the XFL-1 Airabonita was an experimental carrier-based interceptor aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy by Bell Aircraft. Similar in many respects to the P-39, the XFL-1 featured an Allison XV-1710-6 twelve cylinder engine mounted behind the cockpit and nose mounted armament, but featured a tail wheel and arrester hook instead of the tricycle landing gear. Another difference was the dorsal air intake behind the cockpit is substantially smaller and the coolant radiators under, instead of inside the center section of the wing.
Testing problems with the engine and the landing gear, and performance at altitude inferior to other contemporary naval fighters such as the Grumman F4F Wildcat, as a result, the Navy decided not to order production of the aircraft
With so few parts, this kit should be a quick build, but that turned out not to be the case.
The cockpit went together quickly, The instrument panel and the interior have a decent amount of detail for the scale
The wings is where this kit slows down.
I installed the canopy which had it's own fit issues, masked it off and off to the paint bench.
An interesting kit of a one of a kind aircraft.
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