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#AA-2069   1/72 scale  Republic XP-69 (full kit) + Vultee XP-68 (conversion)  Giant fighter to replace P-47

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

34 resin parts

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Vac-formed canopy & Decal

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Span 232 mm

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Length 189 mm

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Unit price: US$40

Shipping charge: US$4.50

Each model kit contents 1 set of canopy and 1 sheet of decal. Extra canopies and decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.50

Extra canopy

US$1.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1940, Wright proposed a gigantic six-row 42-cylinder engine which would have an extremely small overall diameter, enabling aircraft designers to build fuselages with small cross section areas. This new turbo-supercharged engine, capable of developing 2,500hp, by then designated Tornado that inspired several aircraft industries to design warplanes around the new power-plant. One design was the Republic Model AP-18. The aircraft was envisaged as a replacement for the P-47 Thunderbolt. In 1941, Republic proposed the AP-18 to the USAAF and was received order for two prototypes which was designated XP-69. The mock-up was inspected in 1942 but the Tornado engine was never produced. While working on the XP-69 project, Republic was also designing other aircraft to be build around other new Pratt & Whitney engine which became the XP-72. In 1943, USAAF cancelled the XP-69 project in favor of the XP-72. Another design for a Wright Tornado engine was the Vultee XP-68 Tornado, which proposed to adapt the engine to fit the existing XP-54 Swoose Goose airframe. 

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High-altitude pursuit aircraft

To design a escort fighter which could replace the P-47 Thunderbolt

51ft.8in.

51ft.6in.

17ft.

1x Wright R-2160-3 turbo-supercharged engine

450 mph

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2x 37mm cannon / 4x 0.5 in. machine gun

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Model References

The model kit contents the XP-68 Tornado propellers & spinners conversion-parts to use with existing Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose kits

The Republic XP-69 and Vultee XP-68 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S.A.A.F. pursuit aircraft in World War II 1939 ~ 1945

Curtiss YP-37

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Bell P-39 Airacobra

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

Seversky XP-41

Curtiss XP-42

Republic P-43 Lancer

Republic P-44 Rocket

Bell P-45 (YP-39) Airacobra

Curtiss XP-46

Republic P-47 Thunderbolt

Douglas XP-48

Lockheed XP-49

Grumman XP-50 Skyrocket

North American P-51 Mustang

Bell XP-52

Curtiss XP-53

Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose

Curtiss XP-55 Ascender

Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet

Tucker XP-57

Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

Bell XP-59A Airacomet

Curtiss XP-60

Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Curtiss XP-62

Bell P-63 Kingcobra

North American P-64 (NA-68)

Grumman XP-65 (F7F-1) Tigercat

Vultee P-66 Vanguad

McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat

Vultee XP-68 (XP-54) Tornado

Republic XP-69

Douglas P-70 (A-20) Havoc

Curtiss XP-71

Republic XP-72

Hughes XP-73 (XF-11 / XA-37)

Fisher XP-75

Bell P-76 (XP-39E) Airacobra

Bell XP-77

North American XP-78 (XP-51B) Mustang

Northrop XP-79 Flying Ram

Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

Convair XP-81

North American P-82 twin Mustang

Bell XP-83

War -time U.S. experimental aircraft