Mat Irvine: The 1:32 scale McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane represents an intriguing research aircraft from the early 1950s. Two XV-1s were built, and for flight they used a combination of a single main rotor and a pusher-prop at the tail. The XV-1 was the first convertible-format heli-aircraft to be built and tested in the United States.
Art for the Glencoe box (header pic) was painted by John Ammendola.
The transparent components are cleanly moulded, which is fortunate, as most of the front fuselage is glass and this shows off the large, though sparse, interior.
Both XV-1s survive today. One is located at the Army Aviation Museum, Fort Rucker, Alabama, while the other is in storage at the National Air and Space Museum, Paul E. Garber Facility, Silver Hill, Maryland.
XV-1 in storage (above, below) at Silver Hill. These photos were taken a few years ago and it appears that the aircraft is now better displayed for viewing, though to date it has not been fully restored.
Glencoe Models McDonnell XV-1 Convertiplane
Assembled length: 280 mm (11 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 05201
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SMN note: The XV-1 was an advanced project that had the looks of a science-fiction concept. In fact, for anyone raised on Dan Dare stories in the Eagle comic, its rounded appearance is not unlike the helicar depicted transporting Space Fleet Controller, Sir Hubert Guest, from place to place.