HASEGAWA 00539 (E9) 1/72 A-10A Thunderbolt II

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This item is an injection-plastic jet aircraft model kit. Parts:112. Length: 23cm completed.

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American twin-engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. It entered service in 1976, and is the only United States Air Force production aircraft designed solely for close air support, including attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets. The A-10 was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon that is its primary armament. The A-10's airframe was designed for durability, with measures such as 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of titanium armor to protect the cockpit and aircraft systems, enabling it to absorb a significant amount of damage and continue flying. Its short takeoff and landing capability permits operation from airstrips close to the front lines, while its simple design enables maintenance at forward bases with limited facilities. The A-10A single-seat variant was the only version built, though one A-10A was converted to an A-10B twin-seat version. In 2005, a program was begun to upgrade remaining A-10A aircraft to the A-10C configuration.

Hasegawa's standard release of the USAF "warthog." Somewhat dated tooling has both raised and recessed panel detail. It's a fine kit, however, and goes together well. Comes with boarding ladder parts. Includes markings for two green camouflage scheme planes, one from "Blue Fox" 18TFS, 343TFW, (see Shigeo Koike box art) and a warthog-face marked plane from 47TFS 917TFG AFRES.

About the model

Full Kit.

Includes: Plastic Sprues, Waterslide decals, Clear Parts.

Additional product information

Manufacturer HASEGAWA
Code 00539 (E9)
Series E Series
Date Released February 2000

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