100 SRN-5 Hovercraft model kit with PACV option
£27.00 – £32.00
SRN-5 Hovercraft model kit with PACV option 1/76 3d printed of the world’s first commercially successful hovercraft.
SRN-5 Hovercraft model kit. These hovercrafts were made into various configurations including civilian and military applications, produced by countries all over the world and served in a variety of roles. Bell Aerosystems of America build them on licence for the American Army and Navy and were used in Vietnam because of their ability to get to otherwise inaccessible places. The SRN-5 Hovercraft model kit is available with an empty or seated interior. The SR.N5 was the world’s first commercially successful hovercraft; it was placed onto various routes around the world and inspired the SRN-6.
3d printed parts. colours will vary . Picture for illustration. Unpainted PLA
During the late 1950s and early 1960s, British inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell had, in cooperation with British aerospace manufacturer Saunders-Roe, developed a pioneering new form of transportation, embodied the form of the experimental SR.N1 vehicle, which became widely known as the hovercraft. By 1964, Saunders-Roe had commenced design work on multiple hovercraft designs; in addition to the relatively huge SR.N4 and studies into a prospective 2,000 ton freighter, there was also interest in developing smaller hovercraft as well.
In 1963, American manufacturer Bell Aerosystems successfully negotiated for the exclusive rights to market the SR.N5 in the North American market, as well as a licence to locally produce the type from Westland Aircraft, the parent company of Saunders-Roe.+ In North America, the type was marketed under the designation of Bell SK-5. Seven SR.N5s were directly sold to Bell; the type was militarised into the Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle (PACV) and adopted by the US military. Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi also secured its own license to independently build the SR.N5
Three Bell SK-5s saw service with the United States Navy while another three with the United States Army; the type participated in the Vietnam War during the late 1960s. Following the conflict, the United States Coast Guard also operated multiple second-hand SK-5s on a trial basis.
|Dimensions||200 × 150 × 80 mm|
1/76 seated, 1/76 clear cabin
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