Piper Aircraft Company’s J-3 Cub was designed to be a light training and utility aircraft that would be built between 1937 and 1947.Following the same idea as Henry Ford’s Model T automobiles that came in any color (as long as it was black), the J-3 Cub would become an icon in its standard ”Cub Yellow). Powered by a four-cylinder 65 horsepower engine, this all-fabric covered aircraft was supposed to be elegant in its simplicity, ease of maintenance, grace in flight, and low cost. What Piper developed was, and still is a classic aircraft.
When the war drew close, the J-3 was the right aircraft at the right time to support the new Civilian Pilot Training Program and by war’s end, around 80% of military pilots had received their initial training in the J-3.
When war did come, Piper performed an extensive modification to the basic Cub to turn it into a military machine – the aircraft recevied a coat of green paint. Actually, these aircraft would also receive more window area around and over the top of the cockpit to improve observer visibility.
Rosie the Rocketer was the aircraft flown by Major Charles Carpenter. He was assigned the duty of flying General John Woods, commander of the 4th Armored Division around the theater. One day he got the idea of mounting two bazookas to the wing struts of his aircraft, and in his spare time, he went panzer plinking. By the end of the war, Rosie was carrying six tubes and had accounted for five tanks and a number of other vehicles destroyed.
- The kit comes with two types of rear seat, depending on the version you’re building
- The lower entry door is positionable and is provided as both styrene or photo-etch
- The upper entry door in the glazing is molded into the rest of the starboard glazing, but is molded to be easily cut away
- The windscreen is nicely molded and Bronco opted not to mess with rivet details around the edges of this sharply curved part. Instead, the rivets are provided as photo-etched strips that will frame the windscreen after installation
- Optional bedrolls and personal weapons are included
- The rudder and ailerons are separately molded and positionable
- The elevators are molded onto the horizontal stabs, BUT they are designed to be positionable. Nice touch!
- The four-cylinder engine is very nicely detailed. All you need to add is ignition wiring (and that is a visible detail!)
- An HF longwire antenna is also provided in the kit for your observation aircraft
- Piper Cub L-4H
US Army Air Forces (1941-1947)
4 Armoured Div. 43-30426
World War 2 – Normandy | June 1944
|Product Dimensions||15.3 x 9.8 x 2.2 inches|