25 Oct 2013

U.S. Navy NC-1A Aircraft Start Unit Model

NC-1A is a dedicated aircraft start unit designed for service on carrier decks. Derived from the commercial light 4x4 truck (Willys CJ-3A), this vehicle is essentially a compact platform housing an electrical generator. The front drive wheels were fixed, while the small twin castor wheels at the rear pivoted, facilitating excellent maneuvrability.
NC-1A vehicles served on all aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy (including Essex / Oriskany, Midway and Forrestal / Kitty Hawk classes) from the early 1950s until the late 1960s. Within this period, the NC-1A was employed to service all types of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft of the Navy and Marine Corps.

This 1:72 scale model kit is from F4Models (cat. # 7006). The kit contains resin and photo etched parts, decals and instruction sheet.

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