Special Hobby 1/72 Bell XP-77, SH 72012

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Special Hobby 1/72 Bell XP-77, SH 72012 plastic model kit

1/72 SH 72012 Special Hobby Bell XP-77

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

Limited issue kit with resin cockpit. Never started. Factory sealed parts bag with decals and instructions. The XP-77 was Bell's response to a possible shortage of light alloys after the war in the Pacific broke out in 1941. The P-77 had an estimated top speed of 410 mph with two 20mm cannons and two .50 caliber machine guns but weighed only 3,700 lbs due to wood construction. Production of 25 aircraft was authorized on May 16, 1942, but lack of superchargers reduced this order to 6. By the time the aircraft flew on April 1, 1944, the shortage of light metals had never been a major issue and other types offered superior performance.

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