1/32 IAR-81 BoPi

by Special Hobby
$72.04 USD $80.04 USD

Description

This is an injection-plastic aircraft model kit.

Adapted from Special Hobby:

In the late 1930s, the Polish PZL P.11 and P.24 all-metal, high wing fighter planes were produced under license by I.A.R., Industria Aeronautica Romana. These types of design were nearing obsolescence and the future would bring low wing fighters with retractable undercarriage and an enclosed canopy. A design team led by Ion Grosu was formed with the aim to produce a modern warplane of this kind. Using the P.24's fuselage structure, a new fighter plane was created and named the I.A.R.80. The first prototype airframe was fitted with the I.A.R. 14K-IIc32 fourteen ­cylinder, double-row radial, delivering 870 hp and was taken aloft for the first time on April 4, 1939. This new fighter's performance compared to its contemporary foreign designs like the Hurricane, P-36, MS 406 and Bf 109D.

Various changes to the plane’s armament led to the I.A.R.80 A, B and C sub-versions being created, and also the I.A.R.81 C which was designed for the fighter-bomber role in the spring of 1941. A specialized dive bomber version, the I.A.R.81 BoPi was also built, fitted with a hinged underbelly bomb rack of design similar to that of the Stuka. When the bomb was released during the dive, the rack swung it outside the propeller arc. Two batches of the BoPi version were built, machines c/n 91-105 and c/n 151-175.

In the box adorned with a bomb-laden I.A.R.81 BoPi airplane, the modeller will find in total of seven injection moulded sprues made using steel tools, one clear styrene sprue with canopy parts and other smaller clear items, nicely detailed set of resin parts and a fret of photo etches. The model comes complete with the centre-line rack bomb and underwing bombs and their racks. The decals offer four Romanian options, two of them in a three-tone scheme, the other two in two-tone camouflage.

  • [Mold Color]: Gray
  • [Includes]: Clear parts, photo-etched parts, decal sheet

Details

Code: SPHSH32073
Release Date: Jul 2018
Item Size/Weight: 38.0cm x 23.2cm x 7.0cm / 460g
Manufacturer: Special Hobby

Assembly Guide

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