WWII USN Vought OS2U Kingfisher recon aircraft model kit 1/32Kitty Hawk
The Vought OS2U Kingfisher was an observation floatplane that first flew in 1938.
It was designed to be catapult-launched, but could also operate using fixed or wheeled landing gear, and was generally considered to be underpowered despite it being the primary shipboard observation aircraft of the USN. Power was supplied by a single 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-2 radial engine.
Designed by Rec Beisel, the Kingfisher was the first ever aircraft to be assembled using the new spot-welding technique that was designed to reduce airframe drag due to the resultant smooth surface. The airframe was designed with a number of unique and unusual lift creating features such as spoilers and drooped ailerons, assisting the relatively slow take off speed of this type of aircraft.
Nicely detailed P&W R-985 engine
Detailed engine mounts and firewall details
Positionable engine access panels
Choice of .30 caliber machine guns for observer's gun ring
Photo-etched crew restraints
Detailed radio rack in observer's 'pit
Choice of floats or fixed landing gear
Beaching gear provided for float option
Underwing bomb racks with optional bomb load
Optional boarding ladder
Decals for 6 versions:
OS2U-3, Naval Air Station Corpus, 1942
OS2U, VO-1 aboard USS Arizona (BB39), 1941
OS2U, VO-1 aboard USS Pennsylvania (BB38), 1940
OS2U-3, Soviet Union, based on ex-Italian light cruiser Milwaukee, 1944
OS2U-3, US Navy, 1941
OS2U, FN768, served in No.765 Sqn, Royal Navy, Sandbanks, 1943