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1/72 Special Hobby CAC CA-3/5 Wirraway "First Blood over Rabaul" 1/72

Manufacturer: SKU: scale:
by Special Hobby SH72331 1:72
Unpainted, unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch and resin parts. 
Scale 1:72

Even before the outbreak of World War 2, Australia had been looking for an aircraft suitable for advanced training and possible ground attack support. The solution was to build under license the NA-16 aircraft, the predecessor of the famous Texan, which was modified by Australian designers and mass-produced in a newly-built state-owned factory. This aircraft was widely known as the Wirraway and was mainly used for ground attack support, spot bombing missions, patrolling, and even sometimes in a fighter role. But it mainly served as a training aircraft during WW2 and in the post war years as well. In the last months of 1941, some of the first batch machines were employed in combat areas, because of Japanese surprise attack against the USA and its allies. The Wirraways took part in the first fightings over Rabaul, Malaya and elsewhere.

The kit comes with two grey sprues accompanied by a clear injected canopy, detailed resin parts and a fret of PE parts. The decal set covers four early production machines one of which was specially modified to a single-seater dive bomber.