SMN REPORT: The kit itself dates back many years, and so is hardly a state of the art production. But as an example both of its era and the subject matter, it scores very highly.
In general though, the assembled kit (below) is an OK build, and the XFY-1's unusual appearance should earn it a place on display with a selection of other 1950s experimental aircraft. The overall finish is bare-metal aluminium, so careful attention with different panel shades, some light weathering, and a hint of discolouration from exhaust gases will work wonders with the final model.
The Convair XFY-1 Pogo was an experimental vertical takeoff and landing machine that first flew in 1954. It had twin three-blade contra-rotating propellers, powered by an Allison YT40-A-16 engine.
Give the model some TLC and sit it on a diorama-style landing pad, perhaps with some ground crew figures, and you will end up with a fine piece of aviation and modelling history. If you can find a same-scale Aurora XFV-1, so much the better, as these two would look good together. Great as a nostalgia fest, and a fine example of 1950s-era blue-sky thinking, even if it did turn out to be a technological dead-end.
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