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#AA-2132   1/72 scale  Sikorsky VS-44A / JR2S-1  US largest flying boat at the time

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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69 resin parts

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Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 524 mm

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Length 335 mm

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Unit price: US$168

Shipping charge: US$32

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$4.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In December 1939, American Export Airlines hoped to regain the Pam Am Clipper routes. The company contracted with Sikorsky for the design and engineering of a commercial version of the XPBS-1 flying boat. Three aircrafts were produced as Excalibur, Excambian, and Exeter. The first VS-44 made its first flight in January 1942. It was faster and longer full-payload range that Boeing 314. After ithe VS-44 went into operation, it made several new world records. Due to the intervention World War II, three VS-44 were requisitioned for military service with Navy designation JR2S-1, continued flying between New York and Ireland, carrying passengers, freight and materiel. After the war, the two remaining VS-44s continued to fly until the Exeter cashed in 1946 and the Exambian damaged in 1969.

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Long-range flying boat

Impressed into military service with the U.S. Navy

124ft.

79ft.3in.

27ft.7in.

4x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3G radial engine

210 mph

47 passengers

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Model References

The model kit contents decals able to build the 41881 Civil Excambian or U.S. Navy scheme

The Sikorsky JRS-1 / VS-44A is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S. Navy float-plane during WWII

Boeing XPBB-1 Sea Ranger

Bristol XLRQ-1

Columbia XJL-1

Consolidated PB2Y-5 Coronado

Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina

Convair P4Y-1 Privateer

Convair XP5Y-1 Tradewind

Convair XP6Y-1

Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk

Curtiss SOC-4 Seagull

Curtiss SO3C-1 Seamew

Edo XOSE-1

Grumman J2F-1 Duck

Grumman J3F-1 Goose

Grumman PF-1 (JR2F) Albatross

Grumman UF-1

Martin PBM-5 Mariner

Martin JRM-1 Mars

Martin P4M-1 Mercator

Martin P5M-1 Marlin

Martin M-130 China Clipper

Sikorsky JR2S-1

Vought OS2U-1 Kingfishe

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