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Hobby Master 1:72 Air Power Series HA1514
North American Harvard Mk II Diecast Model
RAF No.1340 Flight, Kenya, 1955

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
North American Harvard Mk II   5"   7"

From 1952 to 1960 there was an uprising in Kenya trying to obtain independence from British colonialism. This group was referred to as Mau Mau and one term for the conflict is the Mau Mau Uprising. 1340 Flight was considered an anti Mau Mau flight responsible for bombing and machine-gunning Mau Mau and their hideouts in the densely wooded and difficult country. 1340 Flight was equipped with 12 Harvard II of which 4 were normally kept in reserve and 2 were usually being worked on. This left 6 aircraft that were flown by 8 pilots. During one September the 1340 Flight carried out 504 sorties dropping 3,974 bombs and 187,240 rounds of ammunition fired and all this was completed in 532 operational hours. While the Harvards were used they flew some 3,900 sorties. The uprising itself wasn't a military success for the Mau Mau but it did play a large part in Kenya achieving independence in 1963.

North American Harvard Mk II

Designed as an entry for a 1937 USAAC "Basic Combat" aircraft competition, the T-6 was first flown on April 1, 1935. Several hundred T-6s were built before the advanced trainer designation, when it was modified for its role as a basic combat trainer. Nicknamed "the pilot maker," the Texan had low cantilever wings and a long two seat cockpit, with the engine mounted at the extreme forward. It trained thousands of USAF pilots through the 1950s and remained in service with some nations well into the 1990s. More than 15,000 T-6s were manufactured, and the aircraft remains a familiar air show presence, with 350+ airworthy examples still in existence.

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Hobby Master's 1:72 scale T-6 Texan is constructed almost entirely from diecast metal, which gives the model a heavy feel. The large bird cage style canopy is removable for an unobstructed view of the pilot and co-pilot, pad printed instrument panels, control stick and seat. Engine details such as pushrod housing and cylinder head cooling fins can be seen inside the engine cowling. The solid metal wing features simulated landing lights, correctly replicated pitot tube and separately-applied aileron bell-crank levers. Releases in this series include an improved-visibility canopy with fewer frames and machine gun pods under each wing.

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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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