Convair XFY-1 "Pogo" VTOL Turboprop Convoy Fighter (1954)
About the Design
The Convair XFY-1 "Pogo" emerged from the same 1950 U.S. Navy Convoy Fighter competition that produced Lockheed's XFV-1 "Salmon.". The aircraft was similar in design to the "Salmon," except that it eschewed its competitor's conventional wing-and-tail configuration in favor of a single--albeit it larger--set of delta-shaped wings. Like the "Salmon," the XFY-1 "Pogo" boasted counter-rotating propellers, but unlike its cousin, it actually clocked numerous vertical lift-offs before the Navy terminated its experiments in 1955.
About the Kit
For inexplicable reasons, the Convair XFY-1 "Pogo" has been far more popular with plastic model manufacturers than the "Salmon." Both Aurora and Lindberg produced their own versions of the plane; this model is a smaller-scale edition produced by the Czech company, Kit Pro.