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#AA-2019   1/72 scale  Piasecki VZ-8P Airgeep  Army flying jeep experiment

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

29 resin parts

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Vac-formed canopy & Decal

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Span 31 mm

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Length 110 mm

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Unit price: US$30

Shipping charge: US$2.5@

Each model kit contents one set of canopy and one sheet of decal. Extra accessories of the canopy and decal can be side-order.

Extra decal

US$0.2

Extra canopy

US$0.5

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Aircraft History and Specification

The Piasecki Model 59H was the one of three winners of the Army's "Flying Jeep" competition, and the only one to be field tested. In 1957, U.S. Army launched the flying jeep program. Piasecki submitted their model and was awarded contract for the development, designated VZ-8P (the "P" indicating Piasecki). The first model was powered by a pair of Lycoming piston engines and was first flown on October 1958. The aircraft demonstrated that a tandem shrouded fan airframe is stable and can be effectively controlled by deflection vanes mounted in the downdraft. After being accepted by the Army, it was replaced by a single Turbomeca Artouste engine. The upgraded Airgeep flew on June 1959 and was put through trials for both the Army and Navy over the next few years. The smaller size of the VZ-8P provided several advantages over a helicopter. However, due to the smaller rotors, it could carry less weight and still cost as much to operate as a helicopter. As a result, the Army discontinued further experiments with this concept.

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Experimental VTOL aircraft

To research capable of operating at low altitudes

7ft.5in.

26ft.1in.

6ft.8in.

2x Lycoming O-360-A2A pistons

65 mph

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Package includes the parts to build the first inspected model or the field-test prototype optionally!