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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1332
Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II Diecast Model
USAF 122nd FW Blacksnakes IN ANG, #80-0244, Fort Wayne ANGS, IN, Indiana ANG Centennial 2021

Rare and Collectible

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II   8.75"   9.75"

In a departure from standard tactical two-tone grey, the Blacksnakes of the 122nd Fighter Wing conceptualized this sleek design to commemorate 100 years of aviation in the Indiana National Guard. Indiana's two Air National Guard units, the 122nd FW in Fort Wayne and 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute, have a long history of flying single-seat fighter aircraft in the Hoosier State. The design creators venerated both the Blacksnakes of the 122nd FW and the Racers of the 181st IW as part of the A-10 paint scheme. The paint is a mixture of black and dark gray, with colors breaking along standard A-10 paint lines on the wings, engines and fuselage. The aircraft's nose features a distinctive 122nd FW green-eyed snake, complete with fangs, surrounding the 30 mm rotary cannon. One side of the aircraft has a 122nd FW tail flash with the text, "Fort Wayne" embossed in yellow over Indiana state-flag-blue background. The opposite tail flash shows a "Racers" checkered flag with the text "Terre Haute" of the disbanded 181st Fighter Wing, now the 181st intelligence Wing. The distinctive A-10 twin engines are embossed with an Indiana ANG centennial logo displaying the text "Indiana Air National Guard" under a large number "100," along with the years "1921-2021."

Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II

Designed to counter criticism that the US Air Force wasn't serious enough about close air support, the A-10 Thunderbolt II was first flown on May 10, 1972. The Thunderbolt II is a single-seat attack aircraft used to protect ground forces from tanks, armored vehicles and other ground targets. Nicknamed "Warthog," the A-10 is highly maneuverable at low speeds and low altitude and is capable of short take-offs and landings. It is designed for easy maintenance-many of its parts are interchangeable between the right and left side and it can operate from bases with limited facilities. The A-10 is expected to remain in service until 2028 or beyond.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale A-10 Thunderbolt II has crisp panel lines and a high-quality finish. The hinged canopy opens to expose beautifully recreated front and side instrument panels, control stick and seat. Other fine details include a slightly offset 30 mm gatling-gun barrel with cooling vents, a Pave Penny pod below the cockpit, several ventral mounted antenna and prominent high fuselage-mounted engine nacelles that provide an unobstructed view of the turbo fan's blades. The solid metal wing features cambered control surfaces and main gear nacelles, and a complete set of removable under-wing mounted ordnance has been included for multiple configuration options.

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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series

The Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" range presents detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Hobby Master "1:72 Air Power Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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