Convair YF2Y-1 Sea Dart, 1/72 Mach 2
Like many concepts that appeared in the 1950's the jet powered seaplane fighter came and went. Underpowered, problems with the ski design, and the prototype disintegrating in flight, the Navy stop development in 1955. There was to be a F2Y-2 with a single J-75 engine, and a refinement of the ski design, but it was too late. The Navy was receiving more capable carrier aircraft. the need for a seaplane fighter just didn't exist anymore. The four out of five still exist I believe they are all at museums across the country. The one depicted in this kit is in San Diego.
I always wanted to do this kit, I finally bucked up and faced the woes of doing a limited run kit. It actually wasn't that bad, the canopy fit needed work. Other than that, it went together rather well. I was happy that the kit decals work.
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