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#AA-2113   1/72 scale  Martin M-130 China Clipper  US Navy transport for Manhattan Project

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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54 resin parts

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Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 436 mm

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Length 384 mm

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Unit price: US$168

Shipping charge: US$28

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 early 1930s, Pan Am requested for a flying boat with capability that could fly across the ocean. Martin's bid of Model-130 was successful. In 1934, three M-130 were built as Martin Ocean Transports, but to the public thay were all referred as the China Clipper. On November 1935, the China Clipper flew the first trans-Pacific airmail route. Their range and capacity made them prime candidates to fulfill the over ocean hauling needs of the military during World War II. Beginning in 1942, the two remaining planes were pressed into transport roles for the United States Navy, but not given a Naval designation and was maintained their "civilian" status so that they could continue to fly into neutral ports with secret missions for Allied spies and techicians. The most special mission was to fly shipments out of Africa with the uranium needed for the highly top secret Atomic bomb development, the "Manhattan Project". The Philippine Clipper crashed in San Francisco in 1943, and the final China Clipper broke up and sank in Trinidad Tobago in 1945.

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Long-range flying boat

Impressed into military service with the U.S. Navy

103ft.

90ft.10in.

24ft.7in.

4x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S2A5G radial engine

258 mph

52,250 pounds cargo

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Model References

The model kit contents decals able to build the NC14716 Civil China Clipper or U.S. Navy scheme

The Martin M-130 China Clipper 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

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