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1/48 scale pre-finished
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
Boeing Model 281, 17th Squadron, Chinese Air Force,
summer 1937, Nanking
complete with wire rigging
The Boeing Model 281 was the export version of the first P-26C. It had the same
carbureted engine used in the first “C” versions, new high headrest and wing flaps.
The 281 was actually on the assembly line before the “C” and was used to develop the
wing flaps needed to reduce the landing speed. The Model 281 made its maiden flight
in December 1934. The Chinese Air Force aircraft were ordered in 1934 but because of
funding problems did
n't arrive until 1936.

In 1934 the Chinese Air Force ordered 11 Model 281 aircraft, the export version of the
Boeing P-26. The “Peashooters” were assigned to the 17th Pursuit Squadron of the
3rd Pursuit Group based at Chuyung Airfield near Nanking. The aircraft were delivered
with an overall light grey with large black letters. In mid August 1937 the 17th PS began
defending Nanking from Japanese G3M attacks. Due to losses from the new Japanese
A5M and a lack of spare parts the Model 281 was out of service when Nanking fell on
December 13 1937.

Specifications for the Model 281

Country of origin – USA

Manufacturer – Boeing Aircraft Company

Role – Day Fighter

Crew - One

Wing span - 27 ft. 11.5 in.
Length - 23 ft. 10 in.
Height - 10 ft. 5 in.

Empty - 2,197 lbs.
Maximum - 2,955 lbs.

Engine – Carburetor-equipped Pratt and Whitney R-1340-27   (500 hp)
Maximum speed - 234 mph   (203 knots)
Cruising speed - 199 mph   (172 knots)
Range - 360 statute miles   (313 nautical miles)
Service ceiling - 27,400 ft.

2 X fixed .30-cal. machine guns
1 X .50- and one .30-cal. machine gun
Up to 200 lbs. of bombs

New high headrest
Slight adjustments to the carbureted fuel delivery system
Wing flaps to reduce landing speed
Some had low pressure Goodyear tires for landing on rough unpaved fields.

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