Mr T Posted May 28, 2021 Share Posted May 28, 2021 (edited) After the Wirraway, it makes sense to build its more aggressive descendant, the Boomerang. The tubby little fighter was born out of a sense of desperation that struck Australia in the realisation that thee would be war in the Pacific and the subsequent sweeping Japanese victories at the beginning of the Pacific war. There were also concerns that UK and US could deliver sufficient fighters to Australia in time to meeting further Japanese expansion. Wing Commander Wackett of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation suggested using as much as possible of the Wirraway, that they were building, and combining it with the most powerful engine available in the shape of the P&W Twin Wasp engine being fitted to CAC built Beaufort's. The resulting design owed nothing to the North American built NA 68 apart from a visual similarity. Design was started in late December 1941 and the first 105 were ordered by the Australian Government in February 1942 'off the drawing broad'. The first prototype flew in May 1942 and the aircraft entered service with 2OTU in October 1942. Although not as fast as most fighters and with good supplies of faster fighters available, the main use of the Boomerang in combat was in tactical reconnaissance, army cooperation and close air support. The rugged construction, cannon and machine armament and good manoeuvrability of the Boomerang appeared to be well suited to operations over New Guinea and elsewhere and the type was well regarded by its pilots and the Army units it supported. The Special Hobby kit is a more recent production than the Wirraway. The details parts seem to be finer, and it is an all injection mould kit with no resin or PE. Surface detail appears good and the major components have locating pins and holes to aid assembly. The kit represents the first production series of the Boomerang and has no alternative parts that I can see for the latter variants, although further boxings of the kt exist. Decals look good with plenty of stencil detail, but no placement details for them. Apparently they were forgotten on the instruction sheet, but at one time were available online. At first sight looks to be an OK build, but we shall see. The first job will be adding 14 small push rods from plastic rodding to the front of the engine that SH feels is a DIY job. Not difficult, but fiddly. Edited July 4, 2021 by Mr T 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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